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We are excited to announce the Ellison Group

The Ellison Group was founded to bring lifetimes of experience and Hawaii Island living together to do more for our clients.

Our team takes time to listen and understand your needs. We use our decades of market knowledge and research to achieve your real estate goals.

As founding members of Compass in Hawaii, we are honored to provide our clients with an unmatched real estate experience. By leveraging innovative technology with our custom sales and marketing strategies, we deliver results for our clients.

With our combined background in luxury real estate marketing, sales, and escrow management, we continue to turn our clients’ Hawai’i dreams into reality.

We do our best work, for you.

Combined Years of Experience


Years - Top Producer

Steven Ellison

RS-54260 / Certified Residential Specialist

27+ Years – Real Estate Sales in Hawaii

Purchasing a “one-way ticket for a short vacation” has allowed Steven to call the Big Island his home for nearly 20 years. A Realtor® since 1994, he has been a top-producing agent since 2010. Steven attributes this success to great client relationships and referrals. He enjoys working with buyers to find the perfect property. “My clients have a mental image of their family’s dream home in Hawaii, and I translate those dreams into reality,” Steven says.

Shortly after moving to Hawaii, Steven met his wife Lauralynn. Their sons Evan and Samuel complete the family picture and asking Steven about fatherhood always brings a smile to his face. Exploring the outdoors and beaches with family and friends and sharing the wonderful lifestyle and culture of Hawaii with clients is very important to Steve. 

James Lear

RS-81880 / Luxury Marketing, ePro Certified

25+ Years – Luxury Real Estate Marketing

With an extensive background in luxury marketing, James has a unique perspective that gives him and his clients an advantage when positioning properties for sale. Having represented luxury and resort properties with worldwide reach, James is well suited to the Hawaii real estate market. He brings over 25 years experience, a wealth of technology background, and a history of taking care of his client’s needs and building quality relationships.


James and his wife Nichole find that the Big Island fits their adventurer spirits perfectly and love exploring every corner of this amazing island together. As a photographer, the natural world and the Big Island’s breathtaking sights are some of James’ primary inspirations.

Kathy Jensen

RB-18899 / CRS, ABR, GRI

30+ Years – Escrow Management & Sales

Kathy has spent most of her career in the real estate field:  escrow, residential sales, commercial and residential property management, real estate syndication, development and construction.  Kathy earned her Hawaii Real Estate sales license in 2001 and has picked up many designations along the way:  her Broker’s license, GRI, ABR, and CRS.

Kathy has traveled the world and lived in a wide variety of places from San Francisco to Singapore. Of all the wonderful places she has lived, Kathy says Kona is her favorite.  In her opinion, the Aloha spirit of the Big Island, along with one of the world’s best climates, combines to make this the ideal place to live and work. Today there is no place on earth Kathy would rather be!


Thinking of selling your Home? Let’s talk.

Whether you’re thinking of selling this season or would simply like an update on our busy market, contact us today. We’ve created an innovative marketing approach, allowing the broadest exposure for your home. 

Our client’s kind words . . .

Steven My dad needed to do a 1031 exchange and wanted to invest in a rental property on the Big Island. He was referred to Steven, and we are so grateful that we had him on our side. Steven answered our many, many emails. He met with us via phone for really long conversations, and patiently answered all of our questions. 

Ellen MacDermid

I am so happy to write a review for Steven Ellison. For a year and a half I looked at property online in Kailua Kona to familiarize myself with the market. When it was time to pick a realtor I had no references, so relied on the internet and my intuition because I had nothing else. I kept coming back to Steven Ellison. I called him and immediately liked him. There was never a moment where I questioned his sincerity, ability or professionalism.

Tony & Ann Eshabarr

I really appreciate Steven saying he would never pressure his clients. he wanted his clients to feel comfortable with the whole process. He sincerely put forward hid philosophy that “the clients interests come first”. That was evident from how he approached working working with my father, who, before I met him, described hime to me as sincere.

Crystal Chen


Let’s find you’re Hawaii home today.

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