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Skilled | Responsive | Patient 

Buying or selling a home in Hawai’i is a different ballgame. While there are many similarities to the mainland, we have some quirks that may not be familiar turf. You need a knowledgeable and responsive Big Island of Hawai'i real estate agent who can help navigate the world of real estate in one of the most beautiful places on earth.

For most people, the purchase or sale of their property is one of the biggest transactions they will ever handle. At Hawai’i Life, solid representation is at the core of our business practice, and I will make sure your experience is grounded yet creative.

Mike Despard

Lead Real Estate Agent


I have worked in the real estate development, design and construction industries since 1993, when I earned my Bachelor of Architecture degree from Iowa State University. A lifelong fan of great design, I enjoy thinking creatively about houses and their potential. I know how to evaluate needs and wants to help you find ways to reach your goals. If you're selling your property, I will help you market and position your home for maximum results. If you're looking to buy a home, I will help you find a home that is exactly what you want... or perhaps one that just needs some creative help. I am a responsive agent, and I will update you on the process as much as you desire.

Gary G.
Mark & Jennifer A.
Suzanne J.
Jeff S.
Charlie J.
Larry & Paula P.

Mike is the best Realtor® I have ever worked with. He is knowledgeable, responsive, available, creative. He is an excellent communicator and really knows his stuff. He handled some very difficult moments for us and we are so happy that we now have this wonderful place. I would use him again and am sure I will be in the future sometime. I have worked with lots of Realtors® and Mike is the best.

— Gary G.


Mike and Kristi were great partners as my wife and I looked for a home for our family in Kona. We moved from the mainland in the midst of the pandemic so were not able to travel and tour houses in person. Mike made several video tours for us and live streamed a couple of walkthroughs as well. We were very confident in his knowledge of the various neighborhoods and the associated investment potential. Mik...

— Mark & Jennifer A.


My family and I recently moved back to the Big Island and a friend referred us to Mike. Mike was great at showing us homes and giving us great feedback on properties and his opinion on the market. We saw several properties and Mike was very communicative and available with the whole process. We trusted him to help us make a great investment for our family and we were not disappointed. Mike made the proce...

— Suzanne J.


Mike was truly the best Realtor® I have ever used. His communication and knowledge of the market is top-notch. I was looking for a Realtor® that would take the time and effort and actually sell my property instead of "letting it be sold". There is a big difference between these two circumstances. Mike is proactive, a good listener, and extremely good at his job! Highly recommend!

— Jeff S.


Mike made the transition into our first home in Kailua-Kona simple and sweet. We appreciated his honesty, understanding of our situation, and knowledge of the local areas. We couldn't be more thankful to have had such a positive first home-buying experience and great outcome. We look forward to recommending him to all our friends!

— Charlie J.


Mike is the best in every sense of the word! He went over & above to help us find the perfect home. Always pleasant & he returned our calls promptly too. Can’t imagine a better experience with a Realtor®!

— Larry & Paula P.

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