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Keahi and his assistant, Susie, are top notch.

It was difficult for our family to list our home that we grew up in and that our father had worked so hard to build, but Keahi made sure we were comfortable with each step of the process. His experience and understanding of the real estate market is incredible, along with his compassion and understanding of his clients. We highly recommend Keahi - hands down!

The Kitashiro Ohana

Keahi Pelayo have been a blessing for us from the very first day of contact.

Keahi was recommended my a close friend of ours who trusted him. My husband and I did not have knowledge about the process of selling our home. There was a lot to learn as our property has a SAE program with HHFDC. The economy and high interest rate was also a challenge. There were alot of "bumpy roads" but Keahi always says "we'll cross the bridge when we get there". Keahi not only help us sell our property but also educate and provide us with resources. Keahi walked us throught these challenges, answered all our concerns, and never gave up on us. THANK YOU Keahi for keeping the faith with us as our property is SOLD! If you need to sell your home, we would like to recommend Keahi and his assistant Susie. They are a team that will be with you from begining to ending. Trinh and Jerome

Trinh Bayron

Keahi and his assistant, Susie, were professional and very effective in helping me establish a price for my condos and in dealing with the buyers.

I do not live on the island and they took care of every detail and repair at a reasonable cost. They should be your realtor whether you are looking to buy or sell!!

Jill Brandin

What a special privilege it was to work with Keahi.

My property needed extensive work before a sale. I live in New York City and had limited time. Not only was Keahi and Susie's comprehensive experience invaluable, but their readiness to help with issues was truly remarkable. Professional, resourceful, completely reliable--Keahi is unrivaled.

B. Chong (Media Executive/General Manager (retired))

As a first time buyer, Keahi took the time to walk through a few scenarios, highlighting the possible pros and cons of an investment property in Honolulu.

After we chatted for about an hour, we determined it was not the right time for me to buy. I hope to work with him in the future if my circumstances change. I encourage you to call him for a quick chat. He knows the market and has YOUR best interests in mind.

Maggie Rose (First Time Buyer )

Keahi Pelayo is excellent!

! I had so much anxiety selling our family home but Keahi made the whole process seem so easy. He walked me through every step of the process, he never kept me hanging wondering how the sale is going or how is escrow coming along. He always kept me in the loop. The best part is he always kept an open communication with me, always there if I had any questions. Mahalo Keahi and Susie for all your help!!


I met Keahi several years ago when I was showing a trust property as a For Sale by Owner.

Ever since that initial introduction he would periodically call to inquire if I had any other properties held in trust that he might be able to assist with in selling. He has always impressed me with his tenacity. It took several years but I finally had the right situation that required his problem solving skills. He wasn't deterred by the poor condition of the property, he just rolled up his sleeves and organized a competent group of craftsman to make the property presentable and effected the sale which we closed on October 31, 2017. I think anyone represented by Keahi would be well served.

Michael McCulloch (Trustee)

Keahi helped guide us through the first time home buying process with patience and thorough explanations of any questions we had.

Would recommend 100% ??

Jae Jang

Keahi and Suzie are a great team.

Everything explained, copies provided, good follow up and support there when it’s needed. Good referrals, if additional assistance needed to prepare the home. The sellers schedule always considered without issues.

Dottie Campbell (Kupuna)

I have the pleasure of working with Keahi to build his business and provide the best tools, resources and support for professional Realtors in the market.

His dedication to provide an exceptional work environment and opportunity provides tremendous value. His passion to Mentor and develop the next generation of real estate professional is amazing. The market is moving and Keahi Pelayo is a force to be watched and followed.

Kathy Baker (Principal, KB Consulting Solutions)

If you're looking for that special home in Honolulu you can’t go wrong with Keahi Pelayo at NextHome KU Realty.

His vast knowledge of the real estate market will benefit you in your home buying or selling experience. I’m happy to know that if I have clients making the move to Hawaii, there is a dedicated professional that I can refer them to and know that they will be in good hands.

Rob Barber (Owner/ Broker NextHome Altitude)

Truly outstanding performance from KU Realty's principal broker Keahi Pelayo and RA/office manager Susie Morgan.

Two top-notch pros who did an extraordinarily good job for us - starting from our first conversation, through property preparation, the marketing/sales process and all issues through closing. Keahi and Susie earn our very highest recommendation to on-islanders, DOD/military and off-island buyers and sellers like ourselves.

Ron & Vickie Parker (Both retired, US Army )

If you are serious about finding a home on O'ahu or the Hawaiian Island chain you owe it to yourself to contact Keahi Pelayo before you start out on your own.

Keahi is a generational Hawaiian resident w a heart for people & for Hawaii. Given that w his knowledge & experience in the local real estate markets makes Keahi an ideal addition to your transition team. Laki maikaʻi & Aloha!

Ken Anslono (Principal )

Keahi helped my wife and I fulfill a dream that we have had for many years.

We recently purchased a beachfront property that we will build our dream home upon. Keahi is the consummate professional with a firm grasp of the real estate market on Oahu. I would highly recommend him for anyone that is looking to buy or sell real estate.

Kenneth Silva (Fire Chief, retired)

Keahi made the process of selling my deceased parents' home absolutely seamless.

He had immediate contractor references for the work that was necessary, he handled all negotiations & logistics for me - which was critical, as I live on the mainland - and he maintained impeccable communication with me as to the progress of the work & overall transaction. He was fearless with an excellent can-do approach. There is no question that Keahi's involvement made dealing with my parents' estate significantly easier. Mahalo.

Khamsin Tahiri

Keahi has been our Real Estate Agent for 17 years.

He has helped my family with both our homes and investment properties. In all cases, my wife and I have always felt Keahi works in our best interest & always anticipates the right move while in a transaction. He is a Realtor ‘in business’ and has a complete and successful strategy to 'win' for his clients.

Tim O'Leary (Sales Manager)

Whether an experienced buyer/seller, or a first-time seller like myself, always look for the best.

Keahi is the ultimate professional. He is always looking out for your best interest and walking you through the process. You can rest assured, he is there for you.

Carie Leach

I have known and worked with Keahi for almost 15 years with great success as well as personal satisfaction.

He is thorough, professional, and a pleasure to work with for our mutual benefit. He has a complete grasp of the tools of his trade, and he brings them effectively to the tasks at hand. Keahi and his team are highly recommended.

David C. Farmer (Attorney)

Keahi has represented my clients for over 20 years, with nary a negative word.

I also employed him last year to help us buy our dream home, and just last month to sell off our old home. Everything came off without a hitch. I would highly recommend him to any friend or colleague.

Bradley Tamm (Attorney)

Keahi and his team were wonderful to work with.

Being outside the area of Hawaii, I was able to use email for most interactions and the response time was superb. He never once failed to update me on the status of what was going on throughout the process, being my first home sale, he thoroughly provided answers to all my questions, even ones I hadn't thought of. He was knowledgeable and I would certainly work with him in the future on a home sale or home purchase. Easiest Transaction I've had in 18 years in the United States Navy.

Jessica Conklin

Keahi and Susie were the best reality I have every had they went that extra mile to get my house sold always keeping me informed on everything, every week letting me know what the status is.

If there was a rating on one to ten I would definitely give them a ten the most knowledgeable people I have known in reality business that I have known. Again thank you Keahi and your staff

Edward Blaser (Retired DOD)

Trust, honesty, and integrity are what Keahi and Susie bring to any real estate need you may have.

Being a kamaaina long since removed, I had no connections on the island any more and happened upon NextHome Realty by chance (and good luck!!!). Both Keahi and Susie took care of my needs almost like I was family, keeping me updated and answering each and every question along the way. They netwrok seamlessly with other professionals (lawyers, appraisers, title companies) handling all of the leg work for you. I always felt like my best interests were also theirs, and they always delivered as promised. If you want to have a stress-free real estate experience, then look no further. NextHome Realty no ka oi!!!

Jeffrey Williams (Happy Kamaaina)

Met Keahi and chatted a bit.

Great broker and wonderful person. Would definately recommend him and his team for you #nexthome

Jon Brumer (Owner)

Keahi is a great coach and mentor.

His discipline and work ethic are outstanding! Any agent would be lucky to work with him.

Judith Kalbrener (Broker/ Owner)

Keahi is an intelligent and ethical broker.

If you are in the market to buy or sell, he will certainly keep you educated and updated about inventory and market trends.

Kent Swenson (Real Estate Broker)

We were recommended to Keahi by a local Honolulu legal firm with which we had done some business related to the property.

They said Keahi was the best of the best. They were right in all respects. Professional, knowledgeable, and with a level of patience and customer service that is unparalleled in my opinion. He is on top of everything, he always keeps you in the loop, never drops the ball, and JUST DOES HIS JOB, exactly as he says he'll do it. Can't say enough about how good he was for us.

David R (Property Owner)

Spectacular Realtor!

Keahi helped me find an amazing condo in Hawaii. Very knowledgeable and great attention to detail. Would recommend to anyone!

Matthew Meagher

Keahi helped my wife and I find our family home over 19 years ago.

He has also help us find investments properties and understands the Hawaii real estate market. I have no hesitation recommending Keahi to family, freinds and clients.

Brad Totherow (Vice President)

When my friend, Joan, died suddenly in 2019 I found out that I was named as administrator of her estate which meant I would be responsible for selling her condo in Honolulu.

(I was living in Philadelphia.) Joan had worked with Keahi before and I knew she would be happy to have me work with him. We started the process of selling in March 2019 which, unfortunately, coincided with the emergence of COVID. Between the State of Hawaii and the condo HOA there were lots of restrictions. It took a long time with barriers to cross, but Keahi and his team made my job so easy, taking care of everything. I couldn't be more satisfied and highly recommend Keahi.

Gayle Griffith (Retired)

Keahi Pelayo is an excellent realtor!

! He is very knowledgeable, professional, and easy to talk to. He has excellent negotiation skills, and he knows how to resolve issues!! He is really good about getting back to his clients on a regular basis. We would highly recommend Keahi!! We recently closed on a 1031 exchange. Keahi Pelayo was our realtor for the buyer’s portion of the exchange. He started to send us multiple listings early in the exchange. We looked at many places, some of us using FaceTime. Keahi helped to resolve an issue on the sellers side. If not for him, we would still be looking for a place. We were able to close on Oahu a week after we sold our property on Maui!! We would definitely recommend Keahi for any of your real estate needs!!

Sharon Honda

It was my first time selling a property so I was a little apprehensive.

Had my first meeting with Keahi, and all my worries were taken care of. He answered all of the questions I had, and also anticipated others that came up. During the process of putting the property on the market all the way to closing, the thing I appreciated the most was Keahi's communication. Every week he would update me on the status of the sale. Sometimes he would call just to say hi and make sure that I didn't have any problems and was comfortable with everything. Being that it was my first time doing anything with real estate, he took the time to explain the process and any of the jargon I didn't understand. If I'm ever in the position to buy or sell a property again, I would definitely go with Keahi. 110% recommend!!

Keebong Jhang Jr. (Satisfied Client)

Professional, on top of the current trends of the market and his commitment to his clients and community make working with Keahi a great choice.

CHRISTIE HouseTheaux (Owner/Broker)

Keahi is a very good person to work with if you are buying or selling real estate.

He is very thorough and goes over all the "paperwork" with you so you can ask questions and understand what you are signing. He is also a pleasant person with whom to converse. His several years of experience are helpful in guiding you through the process. You will enjoy meeting him.

Diane Muri

I would highly recommend NextHome KU Realty.

Keahi is a very knowledgeable broker. Their office provides excellence in customer service and has the latest technology to provide consumers with an advantage in the home selling and home search process. If you are looking to Sell or Buy in O'ahu and the surrounding areas NextHome KU Realty should be first on your list.

Vicky Santana (Broker Owner)

Have known & worked with Keahi for many years.

He has assisted my late husband, Dr Livingston Wong & me in purchasing & selling Real Estate for ourselves & our family. He is professional, experienced & very nice. He considers it a privilege to find just the right fit for you.

Linda W. Wong

I've enjoyed getting to know Keahi for at least 20 years, during which he's called about once each year asking if we wanted to sell my wife's Keeaumoku St condo.

Though I've never seriously considered selling that, I've enjoyed talking to him and getting his insights into the Honolulu real estate market each year. When my siblings and I, living widely separated in England, Arizona, NY State, Waianae and Kona, decided to sell our Mom's Punchbowl apartment, we first set up Zoom interviews with several prominent Honolulu realtors. I insisted that Keahi be included on the list, especially after a respected Rotarian realtor friend in Kona volunteered that he thought Keahi was the best realtor in Honolulu - and was as surprised as I when I told him that I knew Keahi and was already considering hiring him! Though the other realtors were impressive, we all agreed Keahi was the best! Keahi initially pointed out the difficulties inherent in selling a property owned in common by widely separated owners, but he helped us work through those problems and the many other issues that developed through the process of moving out the tenant of more than 20 years, contracting for the substantial repairs we all agreed were needed to improve the sale value, and developing a spectacular listing that assured a prompt sale. He and his essential assistant Susie Morgan also steered us through the complex escrow process (particularly problems that arose because one of the owners lived overseas) and addressing the last minute issues of dealing with the building management regarding common property repairs that had to be addressed just before closing. I and my siblings highly recommend NextHome KU Realty and Keahi and Susie for assistance with real estate in Honolulu.

Tom Daniel (Retired Oceanographer)

I met Keahi Pelayo more than 27 years ago when he was my realtor.

He was outstanding then and he is outstanding now.When I decided to become a realtor,Keahi was one of the first people I called for advice.His direct communication style,his willingness to listen and ask questions,and his wealth of experience in both business and real estate has made him a valuable mentor and friend.He is someone that can be trusted and looked to for solid guidance and business practices...a true coach and mentor.

Angel Devlin-Brown (Realtor Salesperson)

I really enjoyed working with Keahi.

He worked really hard to make the sale of property as smooth as possible and was always available for questions. His staff was also extremely helpful. He is also a very nice guy.

Adele M Barres (President of Fiddlesticks Too, Inc.)

Keahi and his team went above and beyond in every way to make our home buying process smooth and successful.

With Keahi, it was like we had a personal Yelp, Angie's List, Google Business and a realtor all in one. He gave us peace of mind when we were unsure, and confidence when needed it. Our family is grateful to have Keahi on our side and highly recommends him!

Long Vo

Keahi was very helpful & informative through the entire buying process.

I would highly recommend working with him!

Molly Amai

Keahi was proactive in soliciting and following up on all of his responsibiities.

I have no doubt that this is his norm and have full confidence in his professionalism. He resolved all questions with action items and follow up to conclusion. He is very good. I recommend him as an excellent realtor.

Wayne Y. Fujita

I am grateful for a successful and timely 3-4 month process on the sale of our family home.

Keahi kept me posted on all aspects of the sale, had knowledge with trusts, and has a team of professionals who were quite pleasant to work with on listing, lockbox and signage, viewings, open houses, offers, inspections and escrow. Land Court was something I was not familiar with, but all was handled in an orderly fashion, no guess work, all his expertise and experience provided us with a smooth transaction. I am happy to provide a professional recommendation for Keahi Pelayo and KU Realty. Sincere mahalo to you and your team, Keahi. It has been a wonderful experience to work with a caring, professional team in the sale of our family home of nearly 70 years, with many so many good memories. We wish the new owners many happy memories in their new home!

Alana Miranda

Keahi’s expertise and insight into the market were invaluable in helping me select just the right Honolulu condo to complete my 1031 exchange.

He and his assistant Susie were very responsive and professional in all aspects of securing and closing the deal. They kept me well informed regarding the negotiations with the seller and the details of closing escrow. Even after closing, Keahi continued to advise me. I really appreciated his enthusiasm and concern for my plans to rent out the property after the close. He provided me great advice about finding good tenants, and referred me to great vendors and resources to help me prepare the property for rental. Keahi is a consummate professional who I would highly recommend to anyone interested in buying or selling property in Hawaii.

Janie (Manager, Kalo Terrace)

I have had the privilege of having know Keahi both professionally and personally for over18 years.

Keahi truly is the epitome of what a real estate professional is and should be. Commitment, honor, integrity, professionalism and service drive his real estate business! Keahi is, and continues to be "The" Realtor of choice in Hawaii. Even after all of these years of real estate, Keahi, is still an astute student of the industry, staying ahead of the trends, looking for opportunities to grow his Mastery in serving his fellow professionals, clients, and the industry as a whole. Keahi, thank you for setting and maintaining such a high standard, and level of performance, it is a tremendous representation of what the best of our industry has to offer.

Mar Prestera (Broker/Owner Prestera Real Estate, Inc)

Keahi is a true professional and it really shows in his approach from the beggining of the processs, to the end.

My wife and I have worked with him on all 3 of our previous homes and the trust and relationship is there, and we know what we’re getting with Keahi and Susie. We highly recommend Keahi and Susie’s services, and do know that they will get the job done.

Nathan Lau (Account Manager)

Keahi is a tenacious and conscientious agent.

Keahi was able to find buyers for my condo within a week. He will always be direct with you and tell you the truth of what to expect in a deal and he will work tirelessly for you until everything is complete. He is an excellent mediator and negotiator. If these seem like the qualities you would want in your real estate agent, then Keahi is your man!

Corky Sponcey (Army Aviator)

Aloha, I recently completed a property re-positioning assignment for a Hawaii based investor involving 6 transactions, 5 asset classes, 4 Cities, 3 States, some with leverage and some without and all using the IRS Code 1031 Exchange.

To perfect the client's last property exchange, I purposely sought out Keahi Pelayo to source our final opportunity to execute the last leg of our strategy. I will leave it at this, regardless of your level of sophistication allow yourself or someone you know to be represented by Keahi. He is everything one should want in a Realtor and the next time you want a favorable outcome pick up the phone and call him. I did and my client is better off because I did.

A Sean Aguilar, CCIM (Private Banker for the Real Estate Investor)

I met Keahi 20 years ago when we both had the same coach.

Right then I knew that Keahi was committed to learning and having an excellent life. Over the years when I have questions about business or life I reach out to Keahi and he always has an ear to listen, a heart to help and a great mind to see and solve problems from a great deal of different perspectives. A great coach can ask you just the right questions and challenge you to step out of your comfort zone to become the best you can be. Thanks, Keahi

Gregg S. Kawamura (founder of TheKawaGroup)

Keahi and is staff handled the marketing of my Honolulu condo.

As I now reside in California, it has been a rental income property for many years. I could not have been more impressed or pleased with the attentiveness and professionalism of Keahi and his office. Everything went through without a hitch.

Dennis Hanshew

When you make a decision to sell your home, one of the most difficult and important decisions is the selection of a realtor.

In our case, that decision was easy. Keahi Pelayo was our choice. Keahi had kept in contact with us over the past 8 years. He was always providing current market conditions and provided answers to many real estate questions we may have had. Our home was sold very quickly after listing and the process went smoothly. We highly recommend Keahi and his team.

Fred G Kennedy (Colonel, USAF (retired))

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