Celeste "Sally"Cheeseman,RA,CRS -2012 Aloha Aina Realtor Award Winner!

Real Estate Agent with Liberty Homes RS-#62825


The Aloha Aina Realtor Award Program was established in 1998 by the Honolulu Board of REALTORS®.  It was established for the sole purpose of recognizing  and rewarding REALTORS® for their extraordinary service to their clients, their colleagues and their community.

Over the last few years I have been nominated by my clients for the Aloha Aina REALTOR® Award. Though I hadn’t won, I felt I had ‘won’ when our Honolulu Board of Realtors had sent me the forms that my clients sent in. Those words of appreciation from my clients meant the world to me. Each year I felt the reward of knowing I not only did a good job…I always felt I had gone above and beyond with extraordinary service.


Our General Membership Meeting for REALTORS®was held yesterday at Hilton Hawaiian Village and as usual we had a few classes, our Trade Show and then our program and luncheon started. Over 1,400 REALTORS® attended!


There were door prizes, prizes from vendors (my Broker In Charge won a Kindle Fire!), our new President and Board Members were named and then came the awaited Aloha Aina Award Winners.


Of a few thousand REALTORS® on our island of Oahu (Honolulu County) 800 were nominated for this prestigious award. Only 10 nominees are awarded each year. One of the sponsors spoke and then they named five. Another sponsor spoke and they named four…paused…and then they named the last Aloha Aina Award Winner....Celeste Cheeseman from Century 21 Liberty Homes. I was stunned for just ONE moment because my Broker, Leona Soto was screaming.

I was humble, honored ...and shaking while I walked up to the stage. My eyes were watering when I accepted my certificate and the ‘Green’ House award with my name engraved in gold.


All I could think of was how appreciative my clients were and how wonderful it felt to know that I was awarded this prestigious award because of them.


THANK YOU TO MY CLIENTS and the Judges who felt my client’s nominations for me were worthy. Thank you to my colleagues and especially my PB, Douglas Fortner and BIC, Leona Soto for your continuous support of me! Thank you to the sponsors, HBR, HAR for your support for all of our members....and ... to my supportive husband and family!


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Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman  is a Realtor-Associate® and Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) with Century 21 Liberty Homes in Mililani, Hawaii. With a sharp understanding that a listening ear is the key to a client's needs  she serves the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) and all Hawaii Military Relocations, Hawaii Retirees, Hawaii Job Transfers and Hawaii Residents, Home Buyers and Sellers.


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Comments (23)

Jason Sardi
Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina - Charlotte, NC
Your Agent for Life

Oh wow, I'm sooooo proud of you Sis.  Big congrats & hug!! Well deserved!!!

Dec 15, 2012 10:32 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Congratulations on this award,  It is wonderful to be recognized.  Wishing you a delightful Sunday,  A

Dec 16, 2012 12:02 AM
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI


Thanks Michelle Carr-Crowe!


Lil Bro...I don't normally brag about stuff but in this case I will! It is really hard to win this award and My PB and BIC were soooo sooo proud of me, my family (especially Gary) can't believe it and I am pinching myself!  My clients are so happy for me and the four that they used in the article were equally proud that parts of their letters were used! Thank you for your support too...it's all of this that IS the reward!




Dec 16, 2012 12:29 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Congratulations Sally!! What a great honor.....it is wonderful to be recognized especially from the many Realtors in the running!!

Dec 16, 2012 12:32 AM
William J. Archambault, Jr.
The Real Estate Investment Institute - Houston, TX


I'm impressed!

Yes I'm impressed with your Board recognizing superior service.

As to you after all these years reading your post I suspect great service is just your norm.


Dec 16, 2012 04:53 AM
Kimo Stowell
HI Pro Realty LLC RB-21531 - Honolulu, HI
REALTOR Associate® RS-76763 - Honolulu Hawai'i

Aloha Sally,

Ho'omaika'i! A significant accomplishment and a great gift of appreciation just in time for the Holidays!



Dec 16, 2012 06:12 AM
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

Sally, I am not at all surprised you would win such an award. It's easy to tell from your blogging that you really know your stuff. The real winners are the many clients you have served over the years. Congratulations for a job well-done.

Dec 16, 2012 06:30 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


What a wonderful honor and so deserving. I'm not surprised a bit. Congratulations


Dec 16, 2012 08:00 AM
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI

I am still in a daze....I am so honored! Thank you all!

Dec 16, 2012 09:10 AM
Gary McNinch
Better Properties Real Estate - Renton, WA
Broker, Renton WA Real Estate

Congrats Sally, you have been a rock star to your clients for years. And for the rest of us here in the Rain too. Wonderful that this was based on your great service to your clients and recognition from your fellow Realtors.  Glad you knocked it out of the park.


Dec 16, 2012 10:06 AM
Melissa Zavala
Broadpoint Properties - Escondido, CA
Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County
Congrats to you, Sally. That is quite an amazing honor, and I am confident that it is well-deserved.
Dec 16, 2012 10:32 AM
Wayne B. Pruner
Oregon First - Tigard, OR
Tigard Oregon Homes for Sale, Realtor, GRI

Congratulation Sally. You certainly contribute to the real estate community.

Dec 16, 2012 12:40 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Congratulations Sally!  You ARE the rock star that we all thought you to be!  I know your clients absolutely LOVE  you and adore working with you.  It's certainly no wonder that you won--I am not the LEAST bit surprised!  Hugs...

Dec 16, 2012 02:30 PM
Michele Connors
The Overton Group, LLC Pitt & Carteret County - Greenville, NC
Your Eastern North Carolina Realtor

That is the best recognition one would want..to be nominated and praised by clients. Super Job!!

Dec 17, 2012 03:03 AM
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI

Michele:  What's even better is that they changed the 'rules' this year and our clients HAVE to email it from their own email addresses.  It enabled a more 'fair' judging. Also, the judges did not see who the real estate agent was or from what company. They just read the stories.  My clients (the ones in the newspaper article) must have had wonderful stories and I will get a copy of them soon.  I LOVE APPRECIATIVE CLIENTS!


Dec 18, 2012 02:19 AM
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI

DEBE:  Ohhhh...you are so kind!  thank you for your wonderful comment and I just 'had' to brag about this.  You just don't know how hard it is to win this award. I was so shocked!!!  Then again, I know I deserved it because my clients said so!

Dec 18, 2012 03:53 AM
Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

Oh Sally, I am so not surprised, as I know you are the best! I know how hard you work for your clients, how seriously you take your job, I know how committed you are. So you winning the actual award is a no brainer IMHO!

Congratuations dear friend, you deserve it!!!!

Dec 18, 2012 08:25 AM
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI

Thank you Andrea!  I really am honored to have won this award and representing our Real Estate Profession in Hawaii.  When I read all the stories from the other 9 winners I surely felt that all were deserving too. It really takes a lot to do our job and then some...and to have appreciative clients is surely a generous reward to top it all off. 

Dec 18, 2012 12:24 PM
Gay E. Rosen
Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty - Larchmont, NY
As Real as Real Estate Gets!

Sally - what a great honor and well deserved! For a client to take the time to nominate their agent is tremendous. Happy Holidays.

Dec 18, 2012 10:03 PM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

That's wonderful!  What an exciting moment for you when they called your name.  You must be very proud of this award!  Congratulations.  Mele Kalikimaka!

Dec 23, 2012 08:25 AM