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Karen Birkett | Colliers | Hawaii - Honolulu

Karen Birkett

Vice President | Hawaii

License # RS - 50512

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Professional Summary

Karen M. Birkett is Vice President of the Office & Investment Services at Colliers. Karen services both landlords and tenants, which enables her to be very effective in all levels of lease negotiations, small and large. Karen has represented various landlords such as Bristol Group, Central Pacific Bank, Aloha United Way, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Versa, and is responsible for securing new tenants as well as renewing existing tenants for over 100,000,000 square feet of office space in the downtown, Kapiolani, Iwilei and Kakaako areas.  In addition, Karen is the leasing agent for Na Lama Kukui, a unique building which attracts both retail and office users.

Along with the responsibility of representing various landlords, Karen has extensive experience in servicing tenants, both small and large. Past and present clients include Hawaii State Federal Credit Union, DTRIC, Charles Schwab, HMAA, Hawaiian Electric Company, MC&A, Halekulani Corporation, Waikiki Health Center, Edward Jones, HonBlue, Atlantis Submarine, Hawaii Pacific University, Allstate Insurance, Atlas Insurance, Kiewit Construction, Yogi Kwong Engineering, and Rider Levett Bucknall just to name a few. In addition, Karen has represented various law firms, financial services groups, non profits, contractors/engineers and numerous alternative energy companies.

In addition to assisting landlord and tenants Karen has been involved in multiple acquisition/disposition projects in Honolulu including The Arcade Building, Airport Center, Ocean View Center, Haseko Center, 1833 Kalakaua, Alakea Corporate Plaza Condominiums, Melim Building, 500 N. Nimitz, 501 Sumner and 810 Richards Building, just to name a few.

Prior to Karen’s success in commercial real estate, she spent 5 years in the residential and commercial mortgage lending business.  Before her years in the mortgage business, Ms. Karen spent many years in retail sales management, while at the same time owning and operating a variety of her own businesses, giving her the knowledge and understanding of what it takes to be a business owner. Karen’s experiences of owning various businesses, coupled with her many years of experience working for large corporations, has enabled her to understand the needs of all clients whether they are small business owners or large corporate clients.

Karen is originally from Whidbey Island, Washington, but has lived in Hawaii for over 30 years.


• Licensed Real Estate Salesperson (State of Hawaii)
• Colliers Hawaii’s Top Producer Award, Office Services Division – 2010, 2011, 2013 - 2021
• CCIM Hawaii Board Member - 2017, 2018
• Colliers Everest Club Inductee - Top 10% of all Colliers Professionals in the Americas Region - 2017, 2019
• Colliers Top 10 U.S. Women - 2019


Washington State University; University of Hawaii

Memberships & Involvements

• Oahu Country Club

• Downtown Exchange Club

• CCIM Hawaii

• NAIOP Hawaii

• Society of Industrial & Office (SIOR)


Hawaiian Electric Company, Hawaii Pacific Universityy, Apple TV, Star Advertiser, JTB Hawaii, Inc., Atlas Insurance and Tradewind Capital Grooup, HMAA, State of Hawaii, HWMG, Aqua-Aston, DTRIC Insurance, M4, Waikiki Health, One King Street, LLC, Fortune 100 Healthcare Company, Kiewit Construciton, Rider Levett Bucknall, Peter Vincent Architects, Charles Schwab, Ag/POP PBN LLC, Hawaii State Federal Credit Union, REDICO Holdings LLC, LNR Partners LLC, Endless Luck LLC, Lyum Enterprises Inc., Limitiaco Consulting Group, Kleenco Group, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Campbell Dragon LLC, Hoolai DragonLLC, Alexander & Baldwin, Gentry Pacific Design Center, Central Pacific Bank



Investment Properties, Mixed-Use Properties, Project Leasing

Service Lines

Tenant Representation, Landlord Representation, Capital Markets

Property Type

Office, Multifamily

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