As a Realtor since 2005, I have worked with real estate investments in east Hawai`i with a primary focus on the buying, selling, and managing of vacation rentals. I have built a team of professionals to assist my clients in all matters of real estate management and sales, and I look forward to future connections as I proudly launch Salt Water Real Estate, LLC and Salt Water Vacations.
Born and raised on the East Coast into a real estate family, I have a father who is a retired property manager and two parents who are real estate investors. I have renovated old homes from Atlanta to Denver to Hilo, and I owned and operated a faux-finish painting business for 10 years. My knowledge of and passion for home renovation helps clients understand home maintenance issues large and small.
My husband Micah and I have lived on the Big Island since the early 2000s. For the whole Gauthier family, life in Hawai`i means connecting with ‘ohana (family), neighbors, and community, and thriving together in harmony with nature. I give back to the Big Island community by serving as the President of the Board of Directors of the non-profit HawaiiCon, which supports and promotes STEAM education (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math). Micah, a Navy veteran, founded and operates Mental Restorations, a non-profit whose mission is to restore the mental health of veterans and first responders. Our two children are both artists and extraordinary humans, following in their parents’ footsteps in making the world a more beautiful and kind place.
Although an Arizona native, Sunita’s Big Island roots run deep. As a child she escaped the desert heat of her home state by spending many summers with her aunt and uncle in Hilo. These summers were filled with adventures and explorations that laid the foundation for her eventual permanent relocation to Hawaii Island.
After graduating from high school, Sunita caught the travel bug and worked to learn another language. She spent a year living in southern Spain and attended the University of Granada. Following Spain, Sunita also traveled through much of Europe, Costa Rica and solo trip exploring South Africa. Upon her return to the U.S., she joined her family in Hilo, and attended the University of Hawaii Hilo. Sunita graduated with a B.A. in psychology and discovered her love for the ocean in surfing and ocean swimming. Having the perspective of domestic and international living, she realized there was no better place to lead a productive life while enjoying a beautiful community and environment than Hilo!
Sunita still loves surfing, competitive ocean swimming, personal real estate renovation projects together with her husband and enjoying her extended family. She currently serves on the board of directors for the Hawaii Island Realtors.
Originally from Southern California, Didi moved to Hawai’i Island in 2013 with her family. Formerly a licensed Realtor in CA, Didi is our team Buyer’s Agent and loves working with clients to find the perfect home to fit their needs. Her knowledge of our neighborhoods, schools and micro-climates helps you find your piece of paradise. Our clients love touring homes with Didi and getting to know her and her infamously positive spirit. Didi is a former police officer and is also a medal winning pro-bodybuilder, Mom and healthy-lifestyle coach. She is active in the lives of her three kids and can tell you all kinds of fun island-life stories! She loves the ocean, sunsets, compassionate community and meaningful friendships she has found here. She fully embodies the philosophy of living the Salt Water Life!
Born and raised in the East Bay area, Shawna relocated to Mendocino County in 1995, where she had the privilege of raising two children. Through her work for several well-known wineries, she acquired invaluable management and hospitality experience, overseeing tasting rooms and coordinating dinners, release parties, holiday celebrations, and festivals. In 2011, she jumped at the chance to move to Hawaii to create a new life in paradise. From 2012 through 2018, Shawna successfully managed a bed and breakfast in Leilani Estates. Handling not only the reservations process and concierge services, but the cooking and cleaning, she went above and beyond for every guest to ensure the perfect Hawaiian vacation experience. Her work in this quaint, intimate setting gave her an opportunity to share the beauty of her island home and create relationships with her clients. Shawna’s life took a dramatic turn in May 2018, when she and her family were evacuated from their neighborhood because of lava activity. Although she eventually lost both her home and her place of business, this series of events led her to a new property management position with Jessica Gauthier in June 2018. She has since also purchased a new home, and she feels grateful and excited about what her future holds with Salt Water Vacations on her beloved Big Island.
Licensed Real Estate Agent Tara Marcotte Frazier began her involvement with east Hawaii vacation rentals in 1994, through her father Steve’s Kapoho-based management company. A pioneer in vacation rentals, Steve was the first person on the Big Island (and possibly in the state of Hawaii) to offer his clients the convenience of internet bookings. Tara developed a wealth of knowledge and experience through her work as reservationist and operations manager in this innovative setting. Tara remained at the same company through a merger in 2006, as well as several subsequent changes of ownership. She had plans in motion to buy the company in 2019, when it was unexpectedly sold to a multinational vacation rental corporation. Choosing to remain true to a more personalized, locally based client experience, she joined her friend and former coworker Jessica Gauthier at Salt Water Vacations. She is thrilled at the opportunity to be part of this new “dream team,” and to put her skills and expertise to work for someone she so admires.
Ron and his wife, artist Darcy Gray, moved to Papaikou in 2014 from Santa Fe, New Mexico to escape the cold winters and enjoy Hawai’i Island, a place Ron has visited since 1974. In Santa Fe, Ron worked in the hospitality industry at the historic La Fonda Hotel (1928). There he served as a manager looking after two hotel bars, staff, scheduling, inventory and so much more. When he retired and moved here, he thought he would spend all his days just enjoying the Hawaiian life. But his wife said he had to get out of the house some days! So, in 2017 he joined our team as a Greeter with Salt Water Vacations, a part time gig that lets him share his love for Hawai’i and the Aloha way of life with visitors from around the world. Some of Ron’s favorite things are the slow pace of life, the jungle, ocean lagoons, rain and the abundance of plants and flowers. His own yard is a botanical wonderland. Ron looks forward to greeting you at a Salt Water Vacations home soon!
‘Salt Water Heals Everything’ provides the words of our commitment to a healthy lifestyle for ourselves, our clients and most importantly, our island home.