Hawai‘i Real Estate is a podcast produced by the Legal Kokua program of Hawai‘i REALTORS®, a professional trade organization with more than 11,000 active members. In our podcasts, which air the first Wednesday of every month, we discuss issues surrounding the buying, selling, leasing, and managing of property in Hawai‘i. Each episode brings you Hawai‘i’s latest economic and real estate data, describe trends in Hawaii property transactions, and releases focus pieces with special insight that you can only get from Hawai‘i’s only state-level organization for REALTORS®.

The podcast is hosted by Jason E. Korta, staff attorney with Hawai‘i REALTORS®.

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Hawai‘i Real Estate

June 2024
The podcast is on hiatus for this month.

Noncompete Ban

May 3, 2024
In a little more than four months, the Federal Trade Commission intends to void a half million Hawaii noncompete agreements. We summarize the commission’s newly-announced, finalized rule banning noncompete agreements; examine how it will affect Hawaii noncompete law, including law relating to the validity and enforceability of related confidentiality and noncompete agreements and nonsolicitation agreements; evaluate complaints filed in federal district courts this past week seeking to delay or halt the ban; and offer strategies for protecting your valuable investments in human capital and intellectual property.

NAR Settlement

April 3, 2024

Clause and Effect

March 6, 2024
In this compelling episode, we delve into a captivating real-life contract dispute that highlights the critical importance of precise contract drafting. Through a detailed dramatization, listeners will uncover the potential consequences of commonly overlooked but critical contract language. Accompanied by expert commentary, this episode equips listeners with invaluable insights into avoiding common pitfalls in drafting Hawaii real estate contracts.

February 2024
The podcast was on hiatus for this month. A new episode was not released for February.

Year in Review (2023)

January 3, 2024
What a year! In 2023, we rose to become one of the world’s top podcasts. So, in this episode, we review 2023 and preview what’s to come.

Commission Lawsuits

December 6, 2023
The National Association of Realtors® and certain large brokerages are defending against several multidistrict class action private claims alleging that the cooperating broker commission, as currently structured or practiced, constitutes unlawful, anticompetitive price fixing or an unfair or deceptive act or practice. At the same time, NAR continues to battle the United States Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division’s efforts to reopen its investigation into NAR’s “Participation Rule” and “Clear Cooperation Policy.”Hawaii Realtors® President Kalama Kim interviews Jason E. Korta, the association’s staff attorney, to determine what effect, if any, these lawsuits may have on Hawaii real estate practice.

Nothing in this podcast creates or confirms an attorney-client relationship, not does any information contained in this podcast constitute legal advice. You are urged to seek qualified legal counsel of competent jurisdiction for answers to all your legal questions.

Halloween Special

November 1, 2023
Three ghoulish stories ripped from cases filed with the Hawaii, California, and New York courts. These stories are real. They are disturbing. Prepare yourself. Happy Halloween!

Animal House

October 4, 2023
Rules for service and support animals. And Hawaii’s latest real property data!

Noncompete Agreements

September 6, 2023
Is your Hawaii noncompete agreement enforceable? Will it be after the Federal Trade Commission’s proposed employee-noncompete ban finalizes? Listen for insight.

August 2023
The podcast was on hiatus. A new episode was not released for August.

Making the Bacon

July 5, 2023
How do you promote a property or brokerage service in the age of algorithms and artificial intelligence? One method is to submit to Silicon Valley firms. Pay them ever larger shares of your income to promote your property or brokerage service with their proprietary algorithms and artificial intelligence. Understand that others will do the same and commit yourself to an endless arms race that will enrich Silicon Valley firms and stretch your profit margins. But then you could operate outside the system. When everyone goes digital, you go analog. Promote your message person-to-person through hidden human psychology. In this focus piece, we reveal proven scientific methods for radically expanding the reach and power of word-of-mouth advertising.


June 7, 2023
There are many forms of real estate agency. Don’t get lost in the complexity. At the core of every agency relationship are three fundamental principles that are as simple as ABC.

Secrets and Lies (Part II)

May 3, 2023
The exciting conclusion to our special two-part series on mandatory disclosures in which we reveal the genesis behind Hawai‘i’s disclosure laws and show you how courts will view your disclosure duties.

Secrets and Lies (Part I)

April 5, 2023
Sellers of residential real property in Hawaiʻi must disclose material facts about their property. But what if a buyer agrees to purchase a property as is? This special two-part series featuring Jason E. Korta, staff attorney for Hawaiʻi REALTORS®, and Christopher St. Sure, a partner at Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel, examines why an as is agreement cannot protect a seller from a claim that they failed to disclose, misrepresented, or concealed a material fact.

Sea Level Rise Canary

March 1, 2023
“How will sea level rise affect Hawaii property sales?” Sea level rise threatens property values across the several coastal states, but susceptibility varies—the effect of sea level rise will be felt in some states before others. This episode draws from the experience of one of the earliest and hardest hit coastal states to teach how sea level rise can affect Hawaii property sales.