Denise Nakanishi is one of Hilo’s most acclaimed real estate agents. She reached the rank of Major in the US Army and is now known by many as “Major Mom.” The nickname fits–not only does Denise bring the discipline and mission-oriented attitude you’d expect, she’s also caring and compassionate, always looking out for her clients like they’re her own family.
Having made the Big Island her home since 1987, Denise combines her extensive knowledge of the area with a sharp focus on customer service and the results speak for themselves. She is a recent recipient of the Chairman’s Circle Award, President’s Circle, Top Producing Agent since 2001, and a Realtor of the Year. Denise stays ahead of the curve because she’s passionate about education–she served as Education Chair for Hawaii Island REALTORS® for many years. She’s one of Big Island’s best real estate resources, known for her weekly article in the Hawaii Tribune Herald.
With Susan E. Lee Loy, a licensed real estate broker and her daughter Mealoha by her side, Denise leads Team Nakanishi for Hawaiian Realty. They are committed to their family, to their work, and to their community. In her little time away from work, Denise is a committed runner and Grandy. She also devotes many hours to various Veterans’ Organizations, the East Hawaii Cultural Center, and the Hawaii Island REALTORS®.
Mealoha Kraus is a REALTOR® that knows her community. She grew up in the real estate industry, and now works alongside Susan E. Lee Loy and her mother Denise Nakanishi. They each bring a rare combination of passion, skill, and knowledge to their job. Together, they form Hawaiian Realty, a team dedicated to customer service all across the Big Island.
A tech-savvy and forward-thinking agent, Mealoha is always looking for ways to make life easier for herself and for her clients. By embracing technology, she’s been able to decrease paper use, increase exposure, and improve communication. Mealoha believes in delivering clear, frequent updates to her clients, and it’s something they’ve come to appreciate–much of her business comes from repeat customers and their referrals.
Mealoha is always among the top producing agents. In 2009, she was named REALTOR® of the Year. A graduate of the University of Hawaii at Hilo, Mealoha is very active in the local real estate community. She is also a graduate of the inaugural class of the Hawaii Association of REALTORS® Leadership Academy. Mealoha has gone on to serve as President, Vice President, and Secretary for the Hawaii Island Board of REALTORS®, plus a three-year stint as the Director of the Hawaii Association of REALTORS®. She's also the Secretary of the Hilo Skate Plaza Coalition, a facility for children of all ages, working to create a safe place for children to roller skate and skateboard in Hilo.
Mealoha is the proud mother of 2 children and enjoys playing roller derby actively as "Tsunamea" for the Paradise Roller Girls.