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Beyond Diversity: Why Should REALTORS® Care?  |  View flyer

We are experiencing both a real estate market and cultural climate unlike any we have seen before. Speakers will discuss:

  • how the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act provides economic stability and a sense of cultural identity through housing for Hawaiians
  • how the Hawaii Civil Rights Commission investigates and enforces fair housing violations; types of complaints that affect REALTORS®; are there testers in the field on O’ahu; issues to know surrounding service animals, disability, and property management complaints
  • 10 things to know to be successful in business locally whether you were born and raised here or moved here

This virtual forum is free for HBR members and will be conducted via Zoom. Please register by July 28.


Agenda | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Beyond Diversity: Why Should REALTORS® Care?

Welcome & Opening Message
Shannon Heaven, 2021 HBR President

SESSIONS:

Did you know the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act is 100 years old?

The Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation will provide a history of the Act and how HHCA was intended to provide economic stability and a sense of cultural identity through housing for Hawaiians.

Speakers: Summer Sylva, Executive Director and David Kauila Kopper, Director of Litigation, NHLC


Do you know the most common housing-related complaints filed with the Hawaii Civil Rights Commission?

The Hawaii Civil Rights Commission is charged with investigating and enforcing fair housing violations in Hawaii. We will learn about the history of the commission, the types of complaints that affect REALTORS®, and are there testers in the field on O’ahu. Also included will be a discussion about service animals, disability issues, and property management complaints.

Speaker: Marcus Kawatachi, Deputy Executive Director, HCRC


What are the top 10 things to know in order to be successful in business locally?

A discussion with key leaders in our community about what it takes to succeed in Hawaii, whether you are born and raised here or moved here.


Special guest - Kamakakēhau Fernandez  

Kamakakēhau Fernandez will share his manaʻo and the unique story of his cultural upbringing to close out the Beyond Diversity Agent Forum. He will perform for us – Kamakakēhau is known for his leo kiʻekiʻe (falsetto) singing and his debut solo album "Wahi Mahalo" won the 2013 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award for EP Release of the Year.

Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, Kamakakēhau was adopted at 6-weeks-old by a Hawaiian family and brought to the shores of Maui, where he was raised and immersed in Hawaiian culture and language. Though his heart and soul are Hawaiian, Kamakakēhau holds honor and respect for his African American roots, highly regarding the unique values and traditions of each culture.