The HiDev Team

Lailan Bento

co-founder & principal broker

Lailan Bento began her career within the governor’s office, gaining unparalleled experience in understanding Hawai’i laws and regulations, while also establishing herself as a respected businesswoman. Lailan is widely known for her relentless drive, integrity, and expertise. After years in the industry Lailan co-founded Hawai’i Development Group, where she serves as principal broker.

Her client’s happiness and satisfaction is the foundation of her success, which shows in her exceptional record of going above and beyond for others. Lailan is incredibly proud of her Hawaiian home and heritage; her love of the island and its people shines through in her character, making her an exemplary model of the true spirit of Aloha.

kelly valenzuela

co-founder & development specialist

Kelly Valenzuela was born and raised in Hawai’i and has extensive knowledge about the islands and all they have to offer. She has an expansive role as both a founding member of Hawaii Development Group and as the team’s Development Specialist.

 Currently, Kelly is the Government Relations Liaison for Hawaii’s largest development project – Aina Lea.  As someone who brings unique insights and a wealth of knowledge about Hawaii’s laws and regulations – she is an invaluable asset for Hawaii Development Group.  She is tenacious in her work and always goes above and beyond to help her clients succeed in their endeavors.  

Kelly takes pride in the quality of her relationships and work ethic, and ensures that all of her clients feel at home working with her. If you’re looking for a Realtor that truly knows Hawai’i, from the culture to local district insights, look no further.

 

Pukanala Llanes

real estate advisor

Pukanala Llanes is a Hawai’i native with extensive knowledge of the local area. With over 17 years of Hawaiian hospitality experience she now applies those skills to assist her local community to achieve the ultimate goal of home ownership. With a passion for helping others, her goal is to assist you in all your real estate needs and to ensure you’re receiving the best possible service. She will walk you through the process ensuring that you feel comfortable every step of the way.

Her drive comes from raising three beautiful children and she prides herself in the dedication she puts forth in every aspect of life. As a realtor, she embodies the spirit of Aloha through her commitment to her core values of family, kindness, and integrity.

Erika Misiak

real estate advisor

Before joining the HDG team, Erika Misiak worked at the highest level in the hospitality and customer service industries for over two decades. Born and raised on Hawai’i Island, she loves spending time with her family and can usually be found by the ocean or at one of her kid’s many sporting events. As a resident of South Kohala (both Waimea and Waikoloa) she wants to bring the best of these communities to the surface. Her goal is to help people understand the heart and soul of Hawai’i and what it means to be a part of the community here. She is also passionate about helping the local community to own homes, succeed and move forward. She is passionate about cancer research and has been heavily involved in the Relay for Life. 

Erika looks to be her clients eyes and ears, guiding them through the homebuying process and ensuring that no detail goes unnoticed. Communication is important to her and she will make sure that you are well informed and taken care of at each step during the homebuying process.

Tehani sekona

real estate advisor

Tehani is a Native Hawaiian born in Hilo. Her childhood consisted of riding horse on her Grandpa Alex Penovaroff’s ranch in Waimea, to surfing Honoli’I, Kawaihae and Lymans with her dad Dr. Ah Loy, diving in Puako for Wana, and four wheeling Mauna Kea with her Ohana, listening to stories of Old Hawai’i from her Tutu Jane Kaniho. Tehani is proud of her Hawaiian Heritage and enjoys sharing her culture with everyone.

Tehani knows the value of being of service to others and has served in her community from when she was a young girl. Volunteering to coach little league basketball, volleyball, soccer, Hawai’i Food Bank, Advocating for Hawai’i’s Keiki, Hawai’i Humane Society, and other local non-profits.

During her college years, Tehani started out working for her father known as “The Surfer Doctor”, Dr. Ron Ah Loy. Where she assisted in the Operating Room with him as a technician. Growing up she remembers her father accepting mangos and avocados as forms of payment. He didn’t discriminate, and was always willing to help people in his community. Her father’s example and passion for helping others, has been a guiding source for Tehani.

Shortly after graduating from University of Hawai’I at Hilo with a double major in Political Science and Communications, Tehani and her ohana moved to Seattle Washington for a few years. Her ohana loved everything PNW had to offer, but knew that Hawai’i was always home and moved home to Waimea.

Tehani has a passion for serving others and she has experienced first-hand the growth and transformation of the Big Island of Hawai‘i. Using her in-depth understanding, knowledge, and training, she helps clients make highly informed decisions about community and helps them choose a home that meets their needs, dreams, and lifestyles.  

trinh lam

real estate advisor

Trinh understands, from firsthand experience, the complexities and difficulties of working towards obtaining home ownership. Her energetic and driven spirit serves her well in real estate as she helps her clients through the complexities of this monumental life milestone. She is enthusiastic about applying and sharing her skills to help others achieve their dreams of owning a home.

Her background working in a corporate setting has given Trinh the skills to be detail-oriented, resourceful, and hard working. She is dedicated to helping her clients reach their goals while feeling prepared, empowered, and taken care of every step of the way.

As a resident of Hawaii Island she understands the different communities in the area and what they have to offer. Trinh is grateful to be a part of this beautiful island and cannot wait to help families find their home here.