Buy & Sell Info

As a long term resident and real estate broker in the state of Hawaii, Laure “Lava Laure” McElwee’s focus has always been on providing the best service to buyers and sellers alike. Consistently a top producer both regionally and nationally for over 10 years, Laure loves the challenge of finding you the perfect property in paradise and assisting with the transition to the Big Island!

Laure is honest, dedicated, hard working and many buyers and sellers have become her dear friends. She brings knowledge, experience, integrity, and a “can do” attitude to the table. Laure is a fun loving, high energy, and driven realtor. Currently on the West Hawaii Association Board of Realtors Grievance Committee and a member of the Hawaii Association of Realtors. Laure is also a 100 tons boat captain, a dive instructor, and an avid paddler.

Contact Laure today: office (808) 930-3610, cell (808) 217-0429, email –




Looking to buy on the Big Island of Hawaii? If you have dreamed of owning your own home or have plans to relocate to Hawaii, browsing our current properties and the multiple listings is a great place to start. The real estate market on the Big Island is certainly on the rise and all of the information about buying a home can be overwhelming. We love providing information that will help you make a decision. Contact us anytime to discuss your future purchase on the Big Island!

First Island Realty works for you, the buyer:

  • We will show/inform you all properties currently available in your price range.
  • We take our duties of agency seriously and will work in your best interest.
  • We will make sure you are protected every step of the way.
  • We will negotiate on your behalf the best possible price for your new purchase.
  • we will make your transition to island and homeowner as smooth as possible.

When you are ready to start your search and view properties, contact us at (808) 930-3610 or




Your home is an extremely important piece of capital and remains an integral part of your life, even while you are selling it. We understand how important it is to your future to get the price you want on your home and with our considerable knowledge of the Hawaiian market, we know how to price it correctly the first time. Let us sell your home! We will work closely with you to guarantee this transition is completed as efficiently and successfully as possible and we will do it while remembering and respecting that this is your home.

Market Expertise:

Simply put, we know how to sell real estate. With experienced agents from a variety of backgrounds and local knowledge, your property is in good hands with First Island Realty.

First Island Realty is highly visible locally and nationally. With our agents strategically located on the Big Island, we already have a lot of eyes on your property from the first day it is listed. We also know how to maximize exposure for our listings through direct marketing and long-established personal connections with other Hawaii brokerages. In addition, we are a member of the largest global network of independent real estate brokerages and a network that sells more homes than any national brand.

With more than 90% of buyers beginning their home searches online, listing with a company that has top search engine placement means your property will be found. We also syndicate (share) our listings with the best trafficked national real estate sites including Trulia,, FrontDoor (HGTV), Zillow, and many more. When you list with us, we put our resources to work for you. First Island Realty agents, managers, and support staff understand that we have a commitment to the communities where we live and work – at the end of the day, our business is about the people we represent. Your agent will take the duties of agency seriously and work in your best interest to get your property sold.

How you can help with the process:

Remember what first attracted you to your house when you bought it? What excited you about its most appealing features? Now that you’re selling your home, you’ll need to look at it as if you were buying it all over again.

A spruced up house makes a great first impression on potential buyers. An attractive property grabs their attention and makes them excited about finding a house that looks and feels well-cared for. Our recommendation is to first de-clutter your home; that means remove most, if not all, personal items so that any buyer can imagine themselves living in your home. Your house becomes more appealing and stands out from the competition. If you prepare your home correctly, make it available to show on short notice, price it at current market value, and always have it showcase ready, together we will sell it as soon as it is released.

We can help you with tips, staging ideas, and more – that’s our our job and and we love it! A good first impression makes an impact on a number of levels. It’s not just the way your house looks to potential buyers, but how it feels, smells, how their friends and family will react, and how they imagine it will be to live in the home. With simple improvements throughout your house, you can grab the attention of potential buyers and help them see why your house is right for them.

Don’t hesitate to call us when you are ready to take the next step!

When you are ready to move forward, contact us at (808) 930-3610 or


For a free and confidential home evaluation, contact us today. For a more detailed Comparative Market Analysis, call Laure at (808) 217-0429 or email


+1 (808) 930-3610 – – Office: 75-6082 Alii Drive, Suite A, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii