Decades ago I discovered paradise in West Sonoma County
I was born and raised in Honolulu surrounded with the cultural tradition of Aloha’aina – love for the land – a personal connection to place. I am still very connected to my island roots, but I left at the age of 19 to see other lands. First stop was San Francisco, my home port for 5 years while working in the cruise ship industry. Traveling the world humbled my heart and gave me many new perspectives. I traded my sea legs for a ticket back to California.
I first visited Sonoma County in 1978 and had the immediate feeling that this is where I would eventually settle. Before I settled here I spent some years near beautiful Lake Tahoe, flexing my entrepreneurial muscles by founding a string of businesses including the area’s first brewery… it is still going strong!
In 1994 I made the move and I continue to discover more to love about beautiful Sonoma County. I jumped into real estate and haven’t looked back.
When I served on the Land Use Advisory Panel I brought a homeowner’s perspective to the issues faced by the county. I work alongside other industry professionals – civil engineers, well and septic specialists, surveyors, etc. This shared knowledge provides an education for all, giving me the perspective to view a property as a whole. More than that, I realized how deeply we connect to best land practices.
This love for the land is what led me to work in real estate. The profession is an ongoing dialogue with the land. It enables me to work with people in a capacity that has heart and meaning. I seek to understand each client’s hopes and goals so I can apply my knowledge and experience for the best end result.
2015 – Present: Western Sonoma County Historical Society, Board Member
2009 – 2012: California Association of Realtors, Board of Directors
2006 – 2010: North Bay Association of Realtors, Board of Directors
2005: Sebastopol Chapter/North Bay Association of Realtors, President
2005: Habitat for Humanity, Fundraising Chair