Karen Birkett

Karen Birkett

Leasing Agent

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Professional Summary

Karen M. Birkett is a member of the Office & Investment Services Divisions at Colliers International. Ms. Birkett services both landlords and tenants, which enables her to be very effective in all levels of lease negotiations, small and large. Ms. Birkett represents various landlords such as Central Pacific Bank, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Hawaiian Airlines, and is responsible for securing new tenants as well as renewing existing tenants for over 400,000 square feet of office space in the downtown and airport areas.  In addition, Ms. Birkett is the leasing agent for Na Lama Kukui, a unique building which attracts both retail and office users.


Along with the responsibility of representing various landlords, Ms. Birkett has extensive experience in servicing tenants, both small and large. Past and present clients include HMAA, Hawaiian Electric Company, Enterprise, Kiewit Construction, Yogi Kwong Engineering, Rider Levett Bucknall, Atlas Insurance, Kennedy Jenks, Limtiaco Group, Halekulani Corporation, Waikiki Health Centers, Alexander & Baldwin, Atlantis Submarine and Allstate Insurance, just to name a few. In addition, Ms. Birkett has represented various law firms, financial services groups, non profits, contractors/engineers and numerous alternative energy companies.


Prior to Ms. Birkett’s success in commercial real estate, she spent 5 years in the residential and commercial mortgage lending business. Before her years in the mortgage business, Ms. Birkett spent many years in retail sales management, while at the same time owning and operating a variety of her own businesses, giving her the knowledge and understanding of what it takes to be a business owner.  Ms. Birkett’s experiences of owning various businesses, coupled with her many years of experience working for large corporations, has enabled her to understand the needs of all clients whether they are small business owners or large corporate clients.


Ms. Birkett has been awarded the honor of Outstanding Producer for 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017.


Ms. Birkett is originally from Whidbey Island, Washington, but has lived between Hawaii and Guam for over 25 years.


- Licensed Real Estate Salesperson (State of Hawaii)


Washington State University; University of Hawaii

Memberships & Involvements

O'ahu Country Club, Downtown Exchange Club, Pacific Club


Hawaiian Electric Company, Alexander & Baldwin, Gentry Pacific Design Center, Central Pacific Bank, HMAA


Service Lines
Tenant Representation, Landlord Representation
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