The cohana story
Like the clients we serve, we’re travelers. We like luxury experiences, high-end amenities, white-glove services. We like vacation retreats and all-in experiences with our families. We’re also entrepreneurs who believe in the power of innovation to change how we live, work and play. We work hard, and we want our money to work for us, even when we’re having fun.
As experts in luxury real estate in some of the world’s most desirable vacation destinations, we saw what wasn’t working. We saw current homeowners losing out on ways to maximize their investments, and future homeowners priced out of dream properties. Timeshares never were made to benefit the buyer, and the vacation rental experience just doesn’t feel like home.
We put our expertise and entrepreneurial experience to work creating a new solution that could serve the kinds of clients we already knew – the high-end, sophisticated buyer ready to realize their dream of owning a luxury vacation home.
Cohana co-founder Dean Otto believes it’s possible to do good and do well. Dean is a native of South Africa and a longtime resident of Maui, where he’s lived and worked for more than 30 years. Dean’s philanthropic contributions have provided substantial support for educational institutions in the Maui community.
As a realtor and real estate broker, Dean is one of the most sought-after real estate agents in the Hawaii luxury housing market and recognized for his record sales and unrelenting work ethic on behalf of his clients. Dean has been listed as one of the top luxury real estate agents by Keller Williams Luxury International. He was recognized by Hawaii Business Magazine as one of the top-ranked agents on Maui, with a multi-million-dollar portfolio featuring the island’s most distinguished properties. As of 2021, Dean has completed more than one billion dollars in residential real estate sales in his career. His clients are luxury buyers and sellers – entrepreneurs, entertainers, professional athletes and high-net-worth individuals whose real estate holdings dot the globe and embody the laid-back Maui Island lifestyle.
Noah Kirshbaum is an expert in connecting clients with luxury home investments. A resident of Lake Oswego, Oregon, Noah has been in development and remodeling for more than 20 years, and a successful real estate broker for the past 10, where he earned his way into the luxury divisions of Sotheby’s and Keller Williams. Noah’s been an advisor and consultant for luxury real estate in the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii, and overseen the development and sale of luxury property on Maui. In 2021, Noah ranked among the top 15% of brokers in the state of Oregon for the eighth year in a row. Known for his caring dedication to both his clients and community, Noah’s fundraising volunteerism has helped provide healthcare to thousands of individuals experiencing homelessness.
Cohana co-founders Dean Otto and Noah Kirshbaum share a love of the Hawaiian Islands and an appreciation for Hawaii’s sophisticated culture and extraordinary beauty. The name of our company blends our unique co-ownership approach with the Hawaiian concept of extended family, ohana. “Cohana” stands for our commitment to bringing family and friends home together in the world’s most beautiful destinations.