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What is the HAR Leadership Academy?

The Hawai‘i Association of REALTORS® Leadership Academy (HARLA) is a training and development program designed to empower individuals to maximize their leadership potential.

In this dynamic leadership experience, participants will combine individual study, group sessions, and actual project experience to develop their leadership skills. If selected, you will join fellow REALTORS® in a powerful series of retreats, including sessions on leadership skills, team-building exercises, procedures for goal-setting, personal profile analysis, network building and improving communication skills.

The 2024 HARLA program is now closed for applications. If you would like to be notified when the 2025 application is available, please email cfrench@hawaiirealtors.com.


Tricia Nekota
2020 President

Honolulu Board of REALTORS®

“The Academy is developed to enhance, spark, and challenge any diverse leader both personally and professionally. The largest added bonus was the special bonds created within the group.”


John Harris
2019 President

Hawai‘i Association of REALTORS®

“Whomever once said that leaders are simply born that way was misguided. This locally-crafted curriculum explores theoretical and real-life examples that continually challenge and improve the skill set of those who choose to lead their industry, company and/or community organizations.”


Jenny Brady
2019 President

Honolulu Board of REALTORS®

“Examining our own styles of leadership and
communication and how to employ that in our
everyday activities has been so worthwhile to me.”

2024 Program

The 2024 program will be hybrid. Participants will be required to attend Orientation and Session 3 in-person. Session 1 and 2 will be held virtually on Zoom.



Get acquainted with the program, fellow students, and facilitators.

SESSION 1 (JUNE 4, 5, AND 6, 2024)


Receive two days of DISC training and one day devoted to the REALTOR® Leadership Program where you will increase your institutional knowledge and strengthen your leadership skills. This session includes powerful tools for a leader’s toolbox, such as public speaking, how to conduct a meeting, and incorporating our culture.

SESSION 2 (AUGUST 6, 7 AND 8, 2024)


Learn to identify and leverage your strengths for positive results, as well as gain knowledge about the different styles of leadership. Training will include a mock meeting, finding your strengths, and the mechanics of speech.

SESSION 3 (OCTOBER 22, 23 AND 24, 2024)

IN-PERSON: Kīlauea Military Camp, RETREAT (3 days and 2 nights)

You will be provided with the final set of practical tools for a successful leader, such as sharpening skills on public speaking, media training, and team projects.


Application Process


REALTOR® members who are interested in sharpening their leadership skills to help them exert a strong, positive influence on the future of REALTOR® organizations and in their profession.


The 2024 HARLA program is now closed for applications. If you would like to be notified when the 2025 application is available, please email cfrench@hawaiirealtors.com.


Participation in the program is open to all Hawai‘i REALTORS® and REALTOR® Association staff. Space is limited to no more than 16 attendees each year. Applicants selected for inclusion in the program must attend all three sessions and pay a $975 tuition fee. This fee covers the sessions, handout materials, and meals. Travel arrangements and expenses to attend the in-person sessions are the responsibility of the participant.