The oldest of seven children in an athletic and outgoing Hawaiian family, Julie Hugo was raised in Kailua on the island of Oahu and has spent most of her life in Hawaii. You'll easily recognize her first-born traits, she says. Schooled at Kamehameha Schools and Stanford University, she has lived in Hilo with her husband Jeff Melrose since 1990. Julie and Jeff have two adult children and two grandchildren who live on Oahu.
Julie also has over 30 years of active participation in community organizations under her belt. She has served as President of the Hawaii Island YWCA, Hilo Toastmasters, and the Rotary Club of Hilo Bay. She currently serves as a director for Hilo Habitat for Humanity and for Hawaii Information Service.
With a well-deserved reputation as someone who listens carefully and who has the capacity to work with others to get things done, Julie's real estate practice draws on a deep sense of the East Hawaii community, a history of successfully brokered transactions, and good client and professional relationships.
An early career in the legal field gave Julie a good understanding and respect for the importance of documentation. Detail-oriented and anticipatory by nature, she works to spot issues before they become problems. She spent about a dozen years in project management and marketing for resort developments on both Hawaii Island and Molokai, and understands well the dreams of those who wish to own real estate in Hawaii.
Julie takes pride in the accomplishments of her children, recognition by the Small Business Administration as an Advocate of Women for Hawaii County and that she is seen by many as a mentor and respected leader in the her field. In her off time, she enjoys travel, reading and watching videos that help keep her French and Italian skills from getting rusty.