Knutson & Associates

We have been serving visitors to the Big Island since 1976, with the finest Vacation Homes and Condos available!

Knutson & Associates is the longest standing Property Management company on the Kona Coast, serving visitors, real estate investors, and home buyers on the Big Island since 1976.

We have over 40 years in the business – longer than most businesses of any kind in Kona – and now manage over 150 Vacation Rental and long-term properties on Hawaii Island. Our specialty is working with investment clients and turning renters into first time home buyers.

We have in-depth knowledge of the current rental market, and a thorough understanding about the financial overhead of owning investment property. We can provide all the information you need, including accurate annual anticipated revenue projections on any property, to help you make the most educated decision. There is no question we cannot answer.

Our offices are located in Kailua-Kona on the Big Island, where our management team and licensees can draw upon their extensive experience in residential and investment brokerage to assist you with all of your real estate needs.

Contact us today to put our decades of experience in all phases of Hawaii real estate to work for you.

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Blake Kessner, Broker In Charge

Blake Kessner, Principal Broker/Owner

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Knutson & Associates is a Family Owned & Operated Boutique Real Estate Brokerage on the Big Island of Hawaii. Founded by Marilyn Knutson in 1976.

The Principal Broker is Blake Kessner, 4th Generation Broker in the family. He is the grandson to Marilyn Knutson & son to Sharon Knutson who is the current owner.

Their offices originally were located at the Casa De Emdeko Condominium Development in Kona for over 40 years. Knutson & Associates has transitioned & elevated their Real Estate Sales & Property Management Divisions to the Kona Alii Condominium Development in the heart of Alii Drive in 2020. The Original Trademark has been “Selling & Managing Castles to Coffee Shacks since 1976.” This absolutely still applies to the founding principles the Knutson Family advocates for.

Top 10

Knuston & Associates stands within the Top 10 brokerages for most transactions closed in North Kona (180 offices total)

Our Founding Owners

Marilyn Knutson / Sharon Knutson

Marilyn Knutson was the founding broker who established the company in 1976, and she built a legacy many people in Kona still remember.  Marilyn was a Real Estate Legend on the Island. She was able to make Knutson & Associates an incredible company that thrived as a Top Performing Company on the Island. Marilyn established the very first website for Vacation Rentals on the island!  She will always be remembered.

Sharon Knutson, daughter of Marilyn Knutson was licensed since the age of 18. Sharon took over the company and 2005 and continued to build the empire that Knutson & Associates is today. Sharon was a third generation Realtor in her family owned business. Sharon was the Broker in Charge of Knutson & Associates for many years, all while raising 3 kids, and 2 dogs. Family was always very important to Sharon; This reflected in the relationships she had with her clients. Values like trust and honesty are the foundation aspects, Knutson & Associates thrive on. Sharon always emphasized that at Knutson & Associates, we speak Aloha!

Marilyn & Sharon will always be remembered, and their legacy made a huge impact on Kona.  All of Marilyns grandchildren/Sharons children all work at the company now. Blake Kessner oldest son of Sharon, is the Principal Broker & Owner. Stephanie Kessner, daughter to Sharon runs the Long Term Rental Division, & Grant Kessner, son to Sharon is the Director of Guest Relations. The 3 of them are proud to say that Knutson & Associates will always be a family owned company. We are a local company, with the best local roots one could ask for!

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