My Bio

About Will Tanaka

Full-Service Real Estate Professional

Professional Experience
Real Estate Litigation Attorney – Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel

President – First Hawaii Title Corporation
Vice President | General Counsel – Fidelity National Title & Escrow Of Hawaii
Blackrock – Formerly Barclays Global Investors (San Francisco, California)


Will Tanaka, J.D.


Will selected Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate Advantage Realty as his real estate brokerage because of its client-first approach reputation within the local industry. Will has often been described as “the ultimate real estate trifecta” with his background as an attorney, escrow and title expert, and full-service realtor.  

Will specializes in representing his clients with single-family and condominium/townhome purchases and listings. He is never too busy to take on a new client and prides himself in providing first-class service with a thorough and extremely hands-on approach.  He is incredibly attentive, detailed, and a lot of fun to work with!  

Most recently Will has helped clients with both purchasing and selling their investments and primary residences across Oahu neighborhoods including Hawaii Loa Ridge, Hawaii Kai, Koko Kai/Triangle, Koko Head Terrace, Kalama Valley, Portlock, Manoa, Kakaako, Kaimuki, Makiki, Mo’ili’ili, Waikele, Ewa Beach and Waikiki.

Empowering others is a personal passion that developed when he was just 6 years old. Born in Tokyo, Japan, Will distinctly remembers the financial sacrifices and struggles his parents endured when they gave up everything they had in Japan to move their family in hopes of a better life in Gardena, California.  Will was initially unable to pronounce his own name after emigrating from Japan to California and as the eldest son, with two younger siblings, he became responsible (at a very young age) for supporting his family.  His parents did not speak English and were only able to afford rental housing and were unable to achieve homeownership and both returned to Japan.

Will majored in English at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) before moving to Hawaii to attend the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii, where he received his Juris Doctor degree. It was his passion for law early in his career that landed him at Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel, one of Hawaii’s largest law firms, where he practiced as a real estate litigation attorney.

His segue into real estate came when he took on the role of Vice President and General Counsel for Fidelity National Title & Escrow of Hawaii, a Fortune 500 company and the nation’s largest title insurance company. It was there that his natural instinct for business and leadership also thrived. So much so that Will was asked to join First Hawaii Title Corporation, a longstanding and highly-respected Hawaii escrow and title company, as President.

Will lives in Honolulu with his wife Leonie, Vice President of Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate Advantage Realty, together with their five teenage children.  Will is a devoted family man and is the most loyal and “self-diagnosed” Los Angeles Lakers/NBA fanatic. When Will is not serving his clients, he spends his time with his family which, of course, includes shooting hoops with his kids, and supporting the local community.

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We have custom marketing strategies that promote the best features of your home and strategize to ensure they are seen by targeted buyers.

Our affiliation with Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate provides access to strategic marketing opportunities with recognized brands including the Wall Street Journal, the Robb Report, and Homespotter enabling a reach to local, national, and international homebuyers.

Our Escrow Managers assist with transaction timelines for our buyer and seller clients. They maintain perpetual communication with all parties involved in the real estate transaction to ensure contingency deadlines are met, appointments are scheduled, and quotes are compiled and received. They ensure that critical information is delivered promptly and efficiently.

We are the only real estate company with a full-time professional listing photographer on staff who specializes in supporting and coordinating the entire listing process.

Our administration team consists of the most qualified and unified team members who are committed to providing clients with exceptional service.