Recognized in 2015 by the Hawaii Island REALTORS® association as the Big Island’s REALTOR® of the Year, Julie Hugo is a dynamic leader in the Hawaii real estate community and a respected mentor to many Hawaii real estate agents.
Her early career in the legal field gave Julie respect for the importance of attention to detail, careful documentation and the value of anticipatory problem-solving. Julie also 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.
The oldest of seven children in an athletic and outgoing Hawaiian family, Julie 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.) After attending school at Kamehameha Schools and Stanford University, she settled permanently in East Hawaii and has lived in Hilo since 1990. Now a grandmother to four, Julie also enjoys spending time with her daughter Leah and her three children who live in Hawaii Kai on Oahu and with her son Patrick and his son in Folsom, CA.
In addition to her professional accomplishments, volunteer service is a high priority for Julie. She has over 30 years of active participation in local community organizations, including serving as President of Habitat for Humanity in Hilo, Hawaii Island YWCA, Hilo Toastmasters and the Rotary Club of Hilo Bay. She currently serves as a director for Hawaii Information Service, on the board of Ku'ikahi Mediation Center and on the Hawaii County Water Board.
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 and her community service draw on her deep sense of connection to the East Hawaii community and her lasting personal and professional relationships.
Julie also enjoys travel, reading with her book club girlfriends and doubles tennis.