Shay is the friend you want in your corner when buying or selling real estate in Hawai‘i. Having grown up on O‘ahu and being part Native Hawaiian, Shay knows the island intimately. She has been investing in real estate since 2002 personally, while building her and her husband's creative design agency, 9th Ave Studio, and the local music show, HISessions. Over those years she did a lot of marketing work for some of the state's top real estate brokerages and top realtors. Recently she made the shift to doing real estate professionally, because of success she’s had in both investing and business. All of the wisdom and skill she’s developed on both fronts come to bear in how she advocates for and leads her clients.
“In over 23 years of real estate transactions, I’ve had some great agents represent me, and some who I simply wished could do their job better–who explained things better, who I wasn't always waiting on. I wanted someone to fight for me, to get me the best deal possible, someone who would believe in me and lead me to make decisions that were in my best interests.
When you are a REAL® client, I will be that kind of outstanding agent to you, who champions you and corners for you. Because I know what it feels like to have noone in your corner. You shouldn’t ever have to feel that way.
Real estate should be enjoyable. Like an adventure with great friends who are loyal, fun and COMPETENT. I wholeheartedly believe in Hawai‘i real estate because of what it’s done for my family and me. And I love Hawai‘i because it’s my home.”
Shay also spent 3 years in Seattle, 1 semester in China, 2 years in Chicago, earning a bachelors in Psychology from University of Washington and a masters in Communications with a media concentration from Wheaton Graduate School. She loved broadening her horizons a bit, but honestly couldn't wait to come home.
Shay is joyfully married to her husband Dave, and they have 3 very teenaged kids. Shay is an avid surfer, she dances hula, loves the Lord, “enjoys” running, throwing pottery, chemical-free living, and anti-aging regimines. We’re sure she’ll tell you all about it if you ask.