License # RS-70893
PASSIONATE is one word that describes how I am with projects and clients. When you truly love what you do, it is hard to call it work! I concentrate my energy on high street retail in Waikiki and other resort retail markets throughout the islands. I specialize in Landlord representation and affluent specialized markets, as well as working with experienced local and national resort retail tenants. I am able to strategically work with tenants on their expansion plan and provide detailed analysis on the roll out of their brand within the Hawaii Market.
I have had great success over the years working redevelopment projects like Haleiwa Store Lots (30,000 SF, consisting of qualified resort retail tenants like Kahala Sportswear, Island Vintage Coffee, Mahina, Greenroom Hawaii, T&C Surf, Maui Divers, and many more) and re-positioning centers like The Shops at Kukui’ula (consisting of 87,000 SF, with noteworthy tenants like SoHa Living, Tommy Bahama’s, Tori Richard, Oasis Lifestyle, Reyn Spooner, Mahina, Malie, Blue Ginger, Aaron Fienberg, Olivine, Palms Gallery, Ruth Chris, and Longs) and SALT, the unique urban electric project, in Our Kaka’ako with the following tenants: Gillia, W at SALT, Pioneer Saloon, Island Urgent Care, Kahala Sportswear, Stoke House, Orange Theroy Fitness, Revolusun, H Mart, Buther & Bird, Gillia, Urban Island Society, Ukulele Site, and more. In Waikiki, I am a part of the leasing team for Pualeilani Atrium Shops at the Hyatt Regency with notable transactions such as Urban Outfitters, Dylan's Candy Bar, Stokehouse, Crazy Shirts, Local Motion, Nature Republic, Nohea Gallery, Cinnamon Girl, Tucker & Bevy, D’OR 24K, Sanuk, Cesere Brothers Photography, Manoa Chocolates, Alamea, Coco Nene, Flip Flop Workshop, Lani Beach, Royal Selection, etc. Some of my other recent transactions include Canyon Beachwear, Coco Mango, Mahina, Kahala Sportswear, Poke Bowl, The Christmas Store, The Refinery, Big Wave Dave, and Kai Luxe at Waikiki Beach Walk, CHIBO Restaurant at 280 Beach Walk, and SOHO New York Salon, Simply Woods, Dave’s Ice Cream, Aroma Cafe, Memorie Japanese Weddings, and Cinnamon’s Restaurant at The Shops at the Ilikai. I also repositioned the retail of The Waikiki Beachside Hotel on Kalakaua Avenue, and kept 2113 Kalakaua fully leased while we had the listing.
I invested time working at re-merchandising the tenant mix for A&B in Kailua Town with new unique local boutiques and eateries and currently am working on the redevelopment of Ku'ono Marketplace for Kamehameha Schools (40,000 SF), which will be anchored by Foodland Farms and Straub in one of the most prestigious neighborhoods on the island of Oahu.
Some notable clients we continue to assist with their expansions are Mahina, Maui Divers, Soha, Kahala, Tori Richard, Dry Bar, Foodland, and Republic Retailers (to name a few).
My enthusiasm, dedication, and determination allow me to look beyond any single transaction and instead focus on how the merchandising and uniqueness of each tenant synergistically benefits the overall property, ensuring that each lease benefits all parties involved. Our Resort Retail Monthly Newsletter is sent to many in the industry and our clients is personally completed by us each month showcasing the most notable news of the month and an inside of our personalities and what our Resort Retail Team focuses on. One of my greatest contributions to our team is my responsiveness to clients and timely detailed communication. I have been working at Colliers for over 11 years and have achieved outstanding production recognition in recent years including Top 10 Performing Advisors in 2013 and 2015- 2018.
Prior to joining Colliers International in 2007, I started my real estate experience in California working in the multi-family division at Grubb & Ellis BRE in La Jolla. I was also able to expand my knowledge of the commercial market by being exposed to countless commercial projects in the San Diego area through the Real Estate division at The University of San Diego.
I am also committed to our community and currently engaged with numerous non-profit organizations. I am extremely active in Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and have sat on the board since 2009. I am currently Board Secretary and promote the Annual Gala. I also sit on the Advisory Board for the Family Business Center Group and have held positions such as Retail Chair and Next Generation Chair for the State of Hawaii for International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). I have recently joined the Board of Waikiki Improvement Association (WIA) and participate with the Waikiki Community Center annual gala.
- Licensed Real Estate Salesperson, State of Hawaii
- International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)- Retail Chair
- Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) - Board Secretary
- Family Business Center Group - Advisory Board
- Waikiki Community Center Silent Auction Chair for Gala
- Board member for Expanding Horizon Scholarship
- Board member of Waikiki Improvement Association (WIA)
-2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 Top Producer Award for Outstanding Performer
University of San Diego (Bachelor of Business Administration)
Memberships & Involvements
- Family Business Center Group - Advisory Board
- Waikiki Improvement Association (WIA)
- Punahou Alumni Association
Kamehameha Schools, iStar, Aqua Hotels ＆ Resorts, American Assets, Mirae Assets, The Resort Group, Sullivan Family of Companies, Goldman Sachs, Howard Hughes, Hyatt, Mahina, Tori Richard, Kahala Sportswear, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, SoHa, Maui Divers Jewelry, Republic Retailers, Buffalo Wild Wings
" Emalia focused on finding a vibrant and complimentary tenant mix and hotly pursued the plan. Her understanding of the tenant's business plan and needs, coupled with good follow-through and knowledge of the Landlord's objectives made the leasing process a win-win for all of us "- Susan Todani, director-Development, Kamehameha Schools
"Emalia offers up-to-date information on the market in a positive, objective way and is always looking out for the client's best interest, Together with her partner Julia Matsuura, she is transforming resort retail in Hawaii."- Barbara Campbell, Vice President of Retail Leasing & Property Management, Outrigger Enterprises Group
Emalia has been a great partner to work with as we grow our SoHa brand across Hawai'i. From the outset, she helped us identify key markets that would reach our customer base and worked with us on a strategy to enter." - Shyrah Maurer, Owner of SoHa Living
"Our family of companies has benefitted greatly from working with Emalia in securing new locations across the state of Hawaii for our varied retail brands ranging from Foodland Farms to The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf and Drybar among others. She brings great market knowledge, creativity, responsiveness, resourcefulness, flexibility and professionalism to every situation. She works proactively to ensure we have the opportunity to review numerous potential locations for our businesses in a timely way and she diligently follows up with both sides to ensure deals get done. She does an excellent job representing our family of companies and helps create broad awareness across the real estate community about all of our store concepts and new initiatives. It’s a true pleasure working with Emalia." -Roger J. Wall, Vice Chairman of Sullivan Family of Companies
"It is a true pleasure working with young women like Emalia and her partner, Julia. Both are hardworking, tenacious and considerate of their client's goals...It is a fine balance to achieve when leasing agent has to be aggressive in getting deals done, yet patient enough to do the right thing for a property at the right time,"- Leslie H. Brown, Leslie Herrington Brown, LLC, Director of Leasing for A&B Properties, and Leasing Consultant for Taubman Properties for International Marketplace
Senior Vice President | Retail Services Group Leader | Hawaii Investment & Retail Services Divisions | Shopping Center Division
Hawaii - Honolulu
Make it Rain.
I started in the commercial real estate industry 20 years ago. I wanted to be in an environment that allowed me to succeed based on my performance, not politics or any other factors. I’ve always had the spirit of an entrepreneur, along with a very high threshold for pain. The world of retail has always fascinated me, not to mention growing up in a family with multi-generations of retail background allowed me to experience this first hand. The full spectrum, including: development, investment, property management, and leasing (both on the landlord and tenant side).
As I became immersed in the world of shopping centers, I found I was most happy when I was adding value for others, specifically clients and team members. There is something magical about seeing people and projects alike, living up their full potential.
The majority of my time is spent on project and portfolio work; new, soon to be, and existing. Identifying strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and the niche for the project/portfolio; then putting together a strategic plan for the project/portfolio and leading the right team members to execute that plan. My job as the team leader is not only to ensure we are exceeding client expectations, but also ensuring the team members are living up to their full potential; arming them with the tools and resources that will continue to enhance their strengths.
Clients chose me over the competition because they know I will make it rain, even in times of drought. No doesn’t mean no, it just means ask again in a way that provides a solution. They are able to leverage the knowledge and relationships I have built over the 20 years in the industry. Some of my biggest challenges were overcome by simply seeing it as an opportunity rather than a hurdle. On every transaction, large or small, I operate by providing a clear understanding of the issues, teeing up multiple options for the client, and providing a well thought out recommendation.
Clients would describe me as extremely persistent, someone who honors his commitments, and solves challenges by looking at them in a different context. Colleagues would describe me as agent 24-7, not sleeping so our clients can.
What I love most about commercial real estate is the opportunity to be face to face with entrepreneurs, individuals and corporations who thrive on creating things. Many of my best projects, portfolios, and success’ have been created from nothing. The fact that anything and everything can happen at anytime gets me up before my alarm goes off, every single morning.
Hawaii - Honolulu
As a member of the Retail Services Division of Colliers International’s Hawaii office I enjoy working with many types of businesses and landlords to help turn their dreams into reality. At the heart of it I just want to help others whether it is the entrepreneur embarking on their first start up or the institutional landlord developing their property to bring greater value to their bottom line. I look beyond the transaction to the bigger meaning for instance when helping Kamehameha School’s lease their Kakaako portfolio I see the direct impact it has on my family as my nieces are beneficiaries of the educational fund.
My commercial real estate career mirrors much of my personality as a girl with local roots but international reach. I was born on Guam raised in Honolulu but have lived in New York City, LA and Indonesia. I enjoy the hustle and bustle the urban city has to offer but also the serenity of Kauai. That is why I specialize in urban retail with a mix of local projects. Relationship driven I started my career with the guidance of one of my former customers and building on those relationships is what my business is all about. I remain passionate to see that my clients needs come first and finding the best outcome for all stakeholders involved.
A life long learner I am a big advocate of not missing an opportunity.
I always knew that I would be work with people that is why my degrees are in education and finance as the two most important things to most individuals are their children and their money. Prior to joining Colliers I worked in investment sales and leasing with another real estate company and come from a diverse background including non-profit development and management, commercial construction, renewable energy, financial and educational development