2018 REALTOR® of the Year – Catherine “Cathy” Fedak

The REALTOR® of the Year is awarded annually to an individual who has exemplified the ideal spirit of a REALTOR®; whether it be a commitment to their profession, or a commitment to the community. The awarding committee evaluates a nominee’s participation in the REALTOR® association, as well as community involvement in civic and charitable organizations. The REALTOR® of the Year acknowledges an individual’s high principles, faithfulness to the REALTOR® Code of Ethics and efforts to further the principles of good real estate practice among other members.

Outside of real estate, Cathy has had a varied career including retail sales, owning and operating her own successful business that specialized in fashion accessories, and developing other business and education programs. Cathy can also speak multiple languages; do not be surprised if she greets you with “Buenos Dias.” Our honoree is adventuresome with a list of achievements that include competing in – and winning – triathlons and marathons, and working as a Peace Corp volunteer and employee in Guatemala, Paraguay, and Ecuador, where she climbed several peaks, including Mt. Cotpaxi.

Her business accomplishments show her dedication to our profession. Cathy has been the top agent in her office for eight years running. Of the members at Hawaii Island REALTORS® , Cathy has ranked in the top five percent in sales in 2016 and 2017. She has also been featured in Hawaii Business Magazine’s Top 100 REALTORS®  from 2014 to 2017.

Cathy is an active member of Hawaii Island REALTORS®  having served as Lower Puna Caravan Coordinator in the past, as a Director on the Board from 2013 to 2016, as Vice President in 2017, and as Treasurer in 2018.

Like many in our community, Cathy has also faced adversity with the recent lava flow in Lower Puna. Through it all, she has remained steadfast in her commitment to her clients, by continuing to be a calming voice in transactions, a great friend to many, and an outstanding REALTOR® .


2017    Wailana Herbst
2016    Howard Meguro
2015    Julie Hugo
2014    C.J. Kimberly
2013    Peggy Yuan
2012    Rochelle Augustin Beck
2011    Julie Ching
2010   Deborah Au
2009   Denise Nakanishi and Mealoha Kraus
2008   Gary Rothfus
2007   Heather Hedenschau
2006   Arabel Camblor
2005   Wade Park and Frank Goodale
2004   Gary Davis
2003   Christine Makaweo
2002   Gae Callaway

2001   Mary Begier
2000   Adele Eggel
1999   Chris Brilhante
1998   Helene Tajiri & Donna Herbst
1997   Edith Crabb
1996   Nancy Cabral
1995   John Tolmie
1994   Robert G. Williams
1993   Michael Shewmaker
1992   Glenetta Bennett
1991   Daniel Wilson
1990   Doris Smith
1989   Yukio Takeya
1988   Pat Ito
1986   Paul Ingledew

1985   Patricia Scullary and Delene Osorio
1984   Bill Pendered Jr.
1983   Jerry Hirata
1982   Alvin Inoue
1981   Vern Yamanaka
1980   Alma Prigmore
1979   Elroy Osorio
1978   Doris Smith
1977   Beverly Paplimu
1976   Peter Shayne
1975   Helene Hale
1974   Kenneth Griffin
1973   Edward Araujo
1972   Masashi Yamanaka
1971   Leina’ala Devine