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Our Principal Broker:
Sharon Knutson grew up on the beautiful Hawaiian Island of Maui, consistently around the warm feelings of Aloha, locals provide in the islands. Being a firm believer of Aloha, she has integrated this philosophy into Knutson & Associates.

Sharon attended the University of Hawaii, focusing on Accounting and Finance. She was first licensed at the age of eighteen on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. Her career in real estate started with commercial sales in Downtown Honolulu;

Sharon is 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 is very important to Sharon; This reflects in the relationships she has with her clients. Values like trust and honesty are the foundation aspects, Knutson & Associates thrive on. Sharon emphasizes that at Knutson & Associates, we speak Aloha!
Our Agents:
Lisa Folden  is originally from San Diego and moved to Kona in the 1980’s. With an active lifestyle, the move was an easy transition. With interests like running, biking and diving, Kona is the perfect place to play.
She and her husband Tim started off as coffee farmers on a large productive coffee estate in South Kona. She is a big believer in utilizing all of our natural resources to sustain the people in Hawaii.
With a background in Education, Lisa is very involved with the public education system. Participating on many levels of volunteering and spearheading functions that benefit our children of Hawaii. She is also a member of South Kona Education of the Arts and is a registered artist.
Lisa was first interested in Real Estate when she had questions on unique Hawaii land laws and leases. After searching out the answers, she found herself educating her peers on these matters. A Real Estate license was the final step in the process.

She enjoys helping families re-locate to Hawaii and guiding first time buyers though the process of buying a home. She has experience with local short sales and foreclosures and would love to help you live your "Tropical Dream".

Nick Benoit has lived in Hawaii for most of his life and loves to immerse himself in the culture and the spirit of Aloha only found in the paradise we can call home. There are few people in this world that strive to be the best they can be and always put forth 110%. He has been with Knutson for almost five years now and has been a close friend of the Knutson family for many years.

  One of the many attributes of Nick Benoit is that he has always been hands on, he was a property manager for Knutson for four years and in that time learned quite a bit about what it takes to own property in Hawaii and the maintenance that goes with it.

  Nick Benoit has always been a hands on person from anything to making the repairs necessary to get a property rehabilitated or even making repairs to vehicles which is one of the many fields he is knowledgeable in.

  Knutson & Associates has always operated as a tight nit family since we opened our doors in 1979 Nick Benoit and his team would love to assist you with any and all of your Real Estate needs.

Mahalo Nui Loa 



Blake Kessner is the son of Sharon Knutson, current Principle Broker & Owner of Knutson & Associates. He is the grandson to Marilyn Knutson, founder of the company.

Blake was born and raised right here in Kona, Hawaii. After graduating high school, he left the island to go to Seattle, Washington. He attended the University of Washington & graduated with a bachelors in Business Management.

All while attending college, Blake worked his way up the corporate ladder in Hotel Management, for major brands such as Marriott & Hilton. His specialty was in operations, where he held division head roles. He has in depth experience overseeing operations of Front Office, Valet Parking, Security, Accounting & Finance, & Housekeeping.

 Blake moved back to the Big Island of Hawaii in 2014 to pursue Real Estate Sales & Property Management for Vacation Rental & Long Term Properties. He is a fourth generation Realtor in a family owned business. He wants to help clients in all areas of Real Estate. Whether that be first time home buyers, land sales, commercial real estate or the residential market, Blake always gives his clients his 110%. He believes in strong communication throughout the transaction, always keeping people well informed.

Blake is working on obtaining his brokers license, as he plans on pursuing leadership roles in the company as well.

Blake is also the new representative for the Young Professional Network of Realtors representing the West Hawaii Association in relation to the Hawaii Association of Realtors. He understands & advocates that being detail oriented is crucially important in this industry. With the market constantly evolving, he pays close attention to how changes will not only affect our Real Estate firms, but our clients as well.

With a strong passion to always strive for the best in all areas of his life, Blake continues to create new goals for himself. He is a fitness enthusiast who has a passionate interest in weight lifting, running, soccer & dance.

Jenae Patterson grew up in Kailua, Hawaii on the island of Oahu.  She moved back to the Big Island of Hawaii in 2014 to pursue Property Management & Sales in the Real Estate Market.

With a background in Restaurant Management & Hospitality, Jenae's customer service skills are second to none. She loves interacting with guests, and owners alike, and does anything she can to exceed their expectations.

Jenae has been an incredible asset to the  Knutson & Associates Team. With a passion for numbers, writing & problem solving, Jenae goes above and beyond for her clients and the team.

Jim Cotter 

arrived in Kona in 1974 after graduating from Harvard.  He entered the real estate profession in 1975, added an electrician's license in 1981, and an ocean operator's license several years later.  After owning and operating his own charter boat business for a decade in Kaneohe Bay, he returned to the Big Island to lead a team of electricians in construction of the Gemini 8M telescope at the summit of Mauna Kea.  As a proud associate at Knutson & Associates, he continues to enjoy the diversity and adventure of real estate transactions.






Knutson & Associates 75-6082 Alii Drive Suite 8 Kailua Kona, HI 96740 
Toll Free: +1 (800) 800-6202 knutson@aloha.net  local phone: (808) 329-1010

Knutson & Associates 75-6082 Alii Drive Suite 8 Kailua Kona, HI 96740 +1 (808) 329-1010 knutson@aloha.net

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