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Denise S. Nakanishi

Realtor® (B) 17031 ABR
Team Nakanishi - Hawai‘i Life
Hilo, HI 96720
(808) 854-1570

When it comes to moving property on the East side of Hawai‘i Island, Team Nakanishi has their fingers firmly on the pulse of the market. Under the watchful eye of Denise Nakanishi, Team Nakanishi’s sales numbers have surpassed 1,200 since Denise began her career in 1990.


Denise attributes the genesis of her success to the discipline she learned as an active duty military officer. “The military taught me the value of hard work, but I also learned that you can accomplish a great deal more by working together, setting goals and taking “mission orders”. I learned to discover ways to get things done instead of looking for reasons you can’t succeed. I’ve learned to be mission-oriented. When I put a client in my car, I remind them that I’m on a mission …and to stop me if they get hungry or thirsty.” One value “Major Mom” tries to instill in her team is never to “sell” anything. “I feel our job is to assist. We treat our clients like they are family”.


Denise has been recognized by industry experts with awards such as: Best of East Hawaii – Real Estate Agent, Zillow’s Premier Agent Agent, and Realtor of the Year, just to name a few.


“We always evolve our marketing plan to stay ahead of the pack to dominate our market. The digital Estates platform has complimented exposure for my real estate advice column, which appears weekly in the Hawaii Tribune Herald.”


Joining Team Nakanishi’s success is Denise’s daughter Kealohanui (Nui) Browning, Danny Krause, and Piliwale Kailihiwa, who are all fully involved in the community. Denise devotes a great deal of time to Veteran’s causes, Nui is very involved with the local chamber, while Danny stays busy rehabbing homes. “We all love being part of the team. We love what we do and where we are!”