Big Island Property Management & Real Estate Sales Services

Our History

Knutson & Associates is a Family Owned & Operated Boutique Real Estate Brokerage on the Big Island of Hawaii.  Founded by Marilyn Knutson in 1976, it remains as one of the longest standing companies here on the Island.

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

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 foundation principles the Knutson Family advocates for. We Speak Aloha!



Our Mission Statement

“A Reputation for Integrity” Knutson & Associates is a Family Owned & Operated Brokerage Firm that strives to provide unparalleled comprehensive solutions to all 3 Real Estate Specialties.  Vacation Rental Management. Long Term Rental Management. Real Estate Sales.  Your investment. Our Priority.

We are Boutique. We are local. We are experienced.



Our Vision Statement


To be the Big Island’s Best Full Service Real Estate Company with local roots providing outstanding results.



We are proud of the "reputation for integrity" that we have earned among the community, and would love the opportunity to extend that to you!

Our Mid Sized Firm manages over 200 properties, & we strive to exceed our clients expectations in all criticial areas.


Our expertise to determine the best strategy for the plan of action for the property include:

·      Multi Platform Online Marketing Inclusive of International & all Prominent Advertising Channels including but not limited to: VRBO, Homeaway,, Airbnb, Flipkey, Clearstay, Trip Advisor, CuddlyNest, Aloha Condos & Homes, Perfect Places, Redawning, Facebook, Instagram, & our own Company Website & Mobile App.

Other Advertising Platforms & Creative Marketing concepts we will highlight your property through if you so wish to increase your occupancy percentage:


-Eblast Marketing to the thousands of guests who have booked exclusively with our company over the many years.

-Homes & Land Magazine: We have a continual presence in Homes & Land Magazine every month

-Vacation Rental Open Houses:  Our company takes an active & personable approach in getting your property in front of the guests who are not just in love with the location of the complex or subdivision, but are looking for somewhere new to stay. Some potential guests are hesitant on choosing a new property to stay because they don’t know the layout or condition of the new property from photos alone. Our Broker In Charge can “Open House” & stage your property for potential guests to see the property in person! The conversion success rate for obtaining new guests & a jump start to booking your property to avoid Travel Agent Fees has proven as an excellent creative way to jump start your property.


-Caravan Presentation with Local Realtors in Community: If you’re an existing Vacation Rental Owner, do you find that some months are more challenging to maintain high occupancy percentages? Perhaps April-September?  The demand for Vacation Rentals drops during these months, and it’s important to us that we stay in front of your occupancy & analyze revenue management strategies to keep your Property as profitable as potentially possible

Since we’re always looking for ways to increase an owners revenue and bottom line,  we have built a great relationship with many Realtors in the community who have lots of clients of their own who are needing a place anywhere from 30-90 days to fulfill an escrow of their own while they’re on island finding a property to buy for themselves!

Other credible professional establishments our firm has created great relationships with:

-Medical Facilities needing a property for Traveling nurses/doctors

-Project Managers

-Excellent Rated Renters who have established a credible history with our company who are in between properties before they can move into their permanent residence.


Protecting the Physical Integrity of your Property

·      The Life of a Vacation Rental Reservation: From Booking to Departure, we use the best techniques the Market Place has to offer to maintain guest retention while ensuring your Property is protected from Damage.


Top of the Line Property Inspection Software

We have great inspection based software systems that allows us to create digital reports we can share with you to show you pictures and comments about how the guest left the Property upon their departure.



Preventative Maintenance Program

We would prefer to be proactive rather than reactive in terms of how to keep your Property in the best condition possible. We have excellent relationships with a multitude of great vendors specializing in multiple areas of expertise to get any work done in as timely of a manner as possible. We can provide scheduled monthly/quarterly/semi annual deep cleans, preventative maintenance action plans, &  thorough inspections/feedback as often as you need to ensure comfort that your property is protected in the best manner possible.



Customizable Services to develop a contract that works best for the Property Owner

Owner Satisfaction is our #1 Priority. The Broker In Charge will be the main point of contact for the Property Owner as an “Owner Liaison” to ensure our owners can get answers to any questions in a quick as possible

Please contact us to design your own custom contract, one tailored specifically to fit your needs.

We look forward to hearing from you to get you

additional details!


We have a Beautiful Office Location right in Downtown Kona.


We’re located at the Kona Alii Development, Ocean Facing in the Commercial Area. 2 Suites, Come Visit us!

75-5782 Kuakini Hwy#C-2B, & C-2D

Kailua Kona, HI, 96740




We look forward to hearing from you soon!