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Colin Smart, Retd. Vail Resorts, Restaurant Manager

Luana Smart, Retd. Vail Resorts, Administrative Assistant


When we decided to sell our condo in Kailua-Kona, we were referred to Don by a family member. We were very impressed by how attentive he was, getting back to us with all our questions right away and making good suggestions for a timely sale. He was very knowledgeable and his expertise was obvious. We got to know him through numerous phone conversations and he was always very helpful and pleasant to work with. We feel like we have a new friend in Don and we highly recommend him! Thank you, Don, for all your help!

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Keith Lawler, Retd. 747 Captain, United Airlines 

Jamie Lawler, Registered Dental Assistant


We are extremely happy that we selected Don to represent us with our real estate needs. He was amazing to work with as he was very professional, well organized and was able to help us work through all the details that were necessary to sell our home smoothly. His marketing skills were fantastic and he was quick to respond and always happy to help.  Don was great to work with and we highly recommend him to anyone interested in buying or selling a home.


John Sukup

Business Owner and Engineer 


Don and I have been friends for quite a while, so when it came time to purchase my new condo in Honolulu, he was a natural choice. He did not disappoint! Don clearly outlined the process, provided a timeline, and managed communication channels between myself, escrow, the mortgage broker, and the seller's agent. Everything was done in a timely fashion -- even when some of the other participants in the transaction had difficulties performing their duties, Don helped me navigate uncertainty and close on the scheduled date without issue. I will call on Don again for any future purchases in the Hawai'i market and would recommend him to friends and family without question! Mahalo Don!

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Wayne Hafstad , Federal Government Employee
Nancy Hafstad, Retd. British Petroleum Oil Refinery Occupational Safety Superintendent.


I first met Don in 2014 when I was looking for a condo in the Kona area. I found one I thought might work but after returning home I got busy with work and decided it wasn’t the right time. Through the process Don never put any pressure on me to buy. He was truly committed to having me get the right property, at the right time. Fast forward to 2021 when my husband and I decided we would like a home in
Kona. The only agent I considered using was Don. In May, while on the island, Don had a property in mind for us but never the less, he showed us many properties. After seeing quite a few properties we bought the house Don had in mind for us. We appreciate that Don is up front and honest. He ushered
us through the process and followed up on details. We would highly recommend Don for any real estate needs on the Island of Hawaii.


Linda Lenhart-Haas

Retd. Computer Technician


Don handled selling my condo at Keauhou Kona Surf & Racquet Club. He was very professional and a stickler on details. I was fortunate to find him. I highly recommend Don for anyone wishing to sell or buy property on the Big Island of Hawaii. 


Bronson Stewart - Senior Project Manager

Lana Stewart- Entrepreneur


Don Helow at Hawaii Coast Realty is a very professional Real Estate Agent.  I am a Veteran and the fact that I was using my VA Loan entitlement to purchase my home did not deter Don one bit.  There was some slight confusion in the beginning about the VA Loan, but Don did very well at explaining it to all parties.   He was determined to make my families home purchase a smooth, wrinkle-free transaction.  His determination made it happen.  I would call Don anytime I have any real estate needs.


Dick LeMay Retd. Project Manager

Kalena LeMay Retd. Art Gallery Manager/Sales


When we decided to sell our home we chose Don Helow after our friends recommended him.  What we liked most is that he was professional at al times without being pushy.  After listing in March, we had several showings and the Covid hit!  So, needless to say everything came to a stop.  Never once did Don let us get discouraged.  With patience and perseverance we found the perfect buyer for our home.


Dr. David Kwon D.D.S.

First Impressions Dentistry


Don Helow is a long time dental patient of mine and he provided assistance in acquiring my first vacation condo in Waikiki. Due to my busy schedule, I was not able to physically go see the condo. But Don, graciously went over to Oahu and offered a live video call which provided me with sufficient details to make an offer on the unit sight unseen. Excellent accommodation! Don is very knowledgeable and works very efficiently. Most stress free property buying experience to this date. Much appreciated and sincere gratitude. Mahalo Don.

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Minako Lindsey

Massage Therapist


I have a detached Studio (Ohana) next to my main house that I have been renting as a short-term rental. With the new short-term vacation laws, I decided to look into long-term renting. I turned to my friend Don Helow for advice as I have never rented long-term before. I hesitated in doing a long-term rental, but I trust Don, so I decided to try it out. Don helped me with almost EVERYTHING!!! He gave lots of great advice for the studio upgrades including adding a reed fence for privacy. Don assisted me with my questions about the rental agreement, house rules, advertising verbiage and photos of the Ohana.  This was my first time to interview potential renters, it was super easy and smooth. I’m now so happy to have a long-term rental, and of course I found a fantastic tenant. I can’t thank Don enough. He is very thoughtful and reliable person. I highly recommend him as a very knowledgeable Realtor.


Bert Bennett- Corporate Leadership Consultant 

Haley Bennett- Retd. Chemical Engineer 


Don’s deep knowledge of properties in and around Kailua-Kona is invaluable. There are so many new things to consider when purchasing property here in Hawaii that I can’t imagine that there’s anyone who could have done more than Don has. I can’t thank him enough for helping us find the perfect home with the perfect location for our growing family. Don has my highest recommendations to anyone who is looking for an agent with integrity, knowledge, trustworthiness. 


Barbara Duruz

Retd. Civil Servant


When I told a long time local and neighbor of mine that I was thinking of selling my home here in Kailua she told me about Don Helow. Don's recommendations  for preparing my home to be sold saved me a lot of time and money. I got everything I wanted in the sale of my home and I am so grateful to him for how he helped everything work out. I am so glad I listened to my neighbor

Perry Phillips

SiriBrokers Real Estate, Ban Chang District ,Thailand

2018 & 2015 

Don's years of personal and professional real estate transactions really showed with both the purchase of my home in 2015 and selling the same home in 2018. I was living in Oahu when I started to look at homes in Kona. Don would pick me up at the airport two to three times a year to tour homes. Don has a lot of patience as it took me two years to find the right home. I used a VA loan which because of Don's experience went smoothly. Don's Bio is absolutely true.


Kevin Hughes - Retd. Col. USMC 

Laureen Hughes - Retd. Elementary School Teacher 


Several years ago, we met Don and his lovely wife by fate walking one evening past the Kailua Bay sea wall on our way to the pier.  We struck up a conversation and immediately connected.  Don never gave us a sales pitch.  Once I discovered his line of work, I asked him to help me in learning about the properties in the Kailua-Kona area.  Don Helow is the consummate professional.  Never pressuring us and he has phenomenal knowledge about the Kailua-Kona real estate market.  Don is a man of his word and a man of integrity.

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Pam Barretto-Silva

Retd. E.R. RN.


My gratitude goes out to Don Helow for his assistance in selling my house. For the buyer, financing was his biggest challenge, and it took an extended amount of time for him to obtain his loan. Don was undaunted. He never gave up. He kept in lockstep with the mortgage broker and persisted to completion of the sale. He absorbed all the stress so it was painless for me. Don’s knowledge and guidance gave me confidence that we would succeed. I would highly recommend Don to any buyers or sellers who are searching for the real estate agent to represent them who has integrity, tenacity, expertise and a sense of humor.


Dick Madsen - Retd. Fiber Optics Specialists

Becky Madsen - Retd. RN.


We met Don at an open house while we were looking for a home. Over the next eight years Don took us on as clients. Don helped us steer clear of homes with potential troubles and homes that didn’t meet our needs. Don showed us a lot homes until we found the right one. Then Don helped lead us through all the steps necessary to buy. Don managed to make the home buying experience a lot less stressful and we wound up with the house we wanted.


Mark Rakic -Retd. VP Human Resources, Coherent Multinational Co. 

To put it very simply, Don is the best. He couldn't have been more patient with us. I think we may have set a record for looking at homes over several years, every time we visited the Big Island. Don showed us many beautiful properties but our expectations and price point weren’t lining up with the perfect condo. We knew exactly what we wanted and it was hard to find. He hung in there with us and we landed on a short-sale property in exactly the place we wanted to be. Don guided us with utmost professionalism and efficiency as went through this very complex transaction. Don would tell us what we needed to hear and not what we wanted to hear, which is what sets him apart from other agents. We would go back to Don for any future real estate purchase or sale.

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My wife had always had a dream of living in Hawaii ever since her first trip to the Islands right after college. She had returned many times and the desire to move here was ever present. Since we have been married, we have made many trips together to Hawaii and I started to see the benefits of following her dream and becoming permanent residents. We were still several years from retirement but thought the market conditions were well suited for purchasing a property at the time.  We started searching for a home on the Big Island and  were so fortunate to have our first encounter with a truly professional realtor, Don Helow. Don took the time to listen to what our budget, goals and aspirations were and mounted a search to help us find the perfect place. He succeeded. His knowledge of the market in Hawaii and all the possible pitfalls of buying property here were invaluable. He successfully negotiated a fair price for the purchase of our home and patiently guided us through the entire purchase process. The icing on the cake was that before the ink was even dry on the sale Don had located a tenant for our home. He managed our property through his company and we enjoyed owning a stress free rental property until we finally retired and moved here permanently. 

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Fred  Bolzendahl - P.A. Veterans Administration 

Carol Bolzendahl - N.P. Kaiser Permanente 


We have been regular visitors to Hawaii since the early 1990's, and even were married on the shore at Keauhou Bay in 1995.

We first met and spoke with Don at an open house where he offered to send us listings via email. He patiently did so for several years, without any pressure or hype.

During an island visit in January 2011 he was able show us a property we were interested in. With his representation and guidance we bought a condominium  in Keauhou in March 2011. We've never regretted since. Don made the whole experience painless and felt lucky to have his services.

We have remained in regular contact with Don over the years and can recommend him to anyone without hesitation.

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