HIS Family Feature: Meet Gay!

Gay RapisoraGay Rapisora has been with Hawaii Information Service for 23 years, second only to her boss (profiled last month). Not surprisingly, both veteran employees are part of the team that compiles and then meticulously verifies and corrects the millions of pieces of data that serve as the foundation of the company.

Gay remembers what she calls “the Flintstone days” of property information collection, standing in lines, scanning microfilm, checking stamps, and noting things down with pencil and paper.

“It was kind of the same job as I have now, but it was very manual,” she recalls. “Every day I’d have to go down and stand in line, then go through every page on microfilm, watch every page scroll by… I used to get nauseated, get motion sickness.”

Fortunately, the arrival of computerized systems spared her from a lifetime of dizziness, though Gay admits that the transition wasn’t easy.

“I’m not a technical person — I struggle with the remote for the TV,” she says. “It was hard, not going to school, not having computers in school, but once it started, you look back and you say, ‘I’m glad it worked out.'”

Born on Kauai, she grew up in Kalihi Valley Housing. She met her husband George at Dole Intermediate, when she was 12, and many of the earliest memories of their life-long romance are set at the local recreation center. After graduating from Farrington High School, she and George struck out on their own.

“My first job was at Lex Brodies, I was one of the tire clerks that would call you to see what you needed,” she recalls.

But early on, Gay never spent more than a year at any given job, and her gigs were primarily in retail sales, spending days making change or folding clothes. Her last position before landing at HIS was working at CR Newton, a medical supply company that still sells equipment today.

“I went from talking about tires to asking whether you wanted an arm or a leg,” she laughs.

Classic HISWorking with real estate information was a distinct improvement, but Gay is quick to say that it’s the people and not the work that kept her at HIS for over two decades.

“The job was okay — when we started, we were over at the Gold Bond Building in a very small office, and our desks were folding tables with computers on them,” she says. “But the company itself, the people made it good. I was going into something that was new and maybe a little frustrating, but I wanted to stick with it and learn it.”

Today, Gay is a proud grandmother to three grandkids from the oldest of her own three grown children. And she and her husband have lived all over Oahu, including Aiea, Kailua, Kaneohe, Kahaluu and Waipahu. Right now they call Pearl City home, but they are spreading their wings.

“When they started the Food Network, we watched a lot of Emeril, Paula Deen, Anthony Bourdain, and that gave me more of a love of different foods other than kal bi and spam musubi,” she says. “We started to see different types of cuisines, and say, ‘that’s what I want to eat.'”

Gay RapisoraAs a result, their annual vacation broadened from the usual Vegas trip to include visits to Memphis and post-Katrina New Orleans.

“We stayed at the French Quarter, and had our full share of crawfish and froglegs and boudins and everything,” she recalls. “As for Memphis, we chose it because we like the food — and because my husband is also an Elvis Presley fan.”

She also seeks out the weekly food section in the paper, and reads the Food Network Magazine cover to cover. Though she’s a fan of professional chefs, she also loves cooking and trying different things.

Gay is also open to a diverse menu of music, ranging from “old school” tunes from the ’70s to Adele, from Pavarotti to kids music and the Hokey Pokey. She smiles when she remembers her glory days at Rumours Nightclub, blasting Steely Dan and Donna Summers.

“I love to dance,” she says, adding, “Well, I think I can dance.”She also loves to shop, naming Waikele Factory Outlets and Pearlridge as her usual haunts, with visits to Ala Moana considered a special treat.

Gay has certainly charted a memorable path from the housing projects to a corporate office, passing through microfilm, Memphis, and the disco era. But only a few of her coworkers know about one of her most personal journeys.

“I am a cancer survivor,” she says, matter-of-factly. “It’s not something I come out and talk about, but when people ask…”

Over a decade ago, Gay was diagnosed with lung cancer, and after major surgery and a rigorous treatment plan, she had been cancer free for years. But in January, the disease returned in the form of breast cancer, requiring more surgery and a six-week radiation regimen that she just completed last month.

“I was always health oriented, but still all these things start happening,” she says. “It’s your age, it’s hereditary, so what can you do?”

What she is doing is continuing to focus on her health, and continuing with her husband to take the time to enjoy life, be it via food, travel, or shopping.

“It’s just having the right outlook,” she says. “I know I’m blessed.”

You can reach Gay at gay@hawaiiinformation.com. Next month, we’ll profile Jerry Lau, our director of network operations who actually followed his uncle into the HIS family 21 years ago next month.

Updated Economic Reports in REsearch

In order to provide you with more information and broader context on the local real estate market, we’ve added and plan to expand a new “Economic Reports” library inside REsearch.

Paul Brewbaker of TZ EconomicsFor starters, you will find recent presentations provided by Paul Brewbaker, perhaps Hawaii’s most renown and respected economist. His extensive background in economic research and financial risk analytics powered a 25 year career with Bank of Hawaii, where he started in the International Banking Division as a student in 1981, and served most recently as Chief Economist. He has also played prominent roles in a number of key organizations, including the Hawaii Council on Revenues, the Hawaii and American Economic Associations, and the National Association for Business Economics.

Brewbaker received his bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and his doctorate from the University of Hawaii. Now heading TZ Economics, his own independent consultancy, he is still a sought-after expert on local, national, and even global business.

Hawaii Information Service has provided specialized economic reports and raw data to Brewbaker for years, and he has been gracious in acknowledging our ongoing partnership. Now, we are pleased to be able to begin building a library of his economic presentations and analysis in REsearch.

To check out the latest available reports from Paul Brewbaker and other sources, log into REsearch and choose “Economic Reports” from the “Market” menu. We are working on building an archive of historical reports as well. Here are the two current featured reports (click through for the PDFs):

TZ Economics - May 18, 2012 “October 26, 2012”
Kauai Board of Realtors
May 18, 2012


“Third Year of Economic Expansion Pau”
Mortgage Bankers Association of Hawaii
June 28, 2012

HIS Signs Multiyear Partnership Agreement with CoreLogic

It will be business as usual for the next 12 months and HIS does not anticipate any changes to its products or services during that time frame. We will be providing you with additional information as we move forward with this initiative.

Hawaii Information Service, a Multiple Listing Service and Public Record provider for Real Estate Professionals in Hawaii, has partnered with CoreLogic to provide its subscribers with the next generation in MLS technology and Public Record platforms

Hawaii Information Service (HIS), a leading provider of multiple listing service (MLS) real estate information, analytics and business services, today announced that it has signed a multiyear agreement to provide its subscribers in Hawaii with the industry’s leading MLS and Public Records solution – CoreLogic Matrix and Realist. HIS has selected Matrix to power its new MLS system starting in the summer of 2013.

Matrix™ is one of the fastest growing MLS platforms in North America and sets a powerful new standard for MLS system software, which is why some of the nation’s largest MLS providers have selected Matrix above all others. Designed to power top-producing agents across North America, Matrix puts equal emphasis on functionality and speed. The program’s rich feature set gives agents a wealth of new ways to serve their clients. Matrix also boasts powerful administrative functionality-from searches and displays to reports and statistics; the comprehensive management toolset will give HIS complete control over all aspects of the system enabling them to customize the system for the user’s unique needs.

HIS will be integrating CoreLogic Realist, the leading public record data source for MLS Systems into the product suite thereby providing the best of breed solution available today. HIS will be populating Realist with their substantial database of Hawaii State Tax Map Key (TMK) information to provide an unmatched scale of available public record data. Realist® provides comprehensive property-centric data and ownership information through an intuitive interface that seamlessly integrates into the Matrix MLS system. HIS Realist users will be empowered with a completely holistic view of the Hawaii market.

“The combination of Matrix’s industry-leading product design, engineering, development expertise and flexibility provides HIS and our clients with the ultimate application that can easily be customized to meet the needs of our diverse subscribers. Matrix’s robust platform, speed and flexibility are unmatched. From a public records perspective, Realist will provide our customers with the most advances property-centric tool available today with visual display of data, dynamic mapping capabilities and professional reports based in part upon HIS TMK public record data. This integrated CoreLogic Matrix – Realist platform combined with HIS’s customer service and support will provide our subscribers with a powerful and economical solution to enhance their ability to serve buyers and sellers with detailed transaction information.”
-Richard Eshleman, CEO HIS

About Hawaii Information Service

Hawaii Information Service (HIS) was originally created as a joint venture in 1984, known as NIMLS (Neighbor Island MLS) by the three Neighbor Island boards – today it is owned and operated by the Hawaii Island Board of Realtors and the Kauai Board of Realtors. HIS is recognized nationally for creating and implementing the first parcel based multiple listing service application in the country, REsearch. HIS is also the preeminent supplier of Hawaii TMK Public Record data to the real estate community statewide. HIS provides a variety of other solutions and services including IDX, the Condo Guide, and custom websites. The company is headquartered in Honolulu, Hawaii. For more information visit www.hawaiiinformation.com

About CoreLogic

CoreLogic (NYSE: CLGX) is a leading provider of consumer, financial and property information, analytics and services to business and government. The Company combines public, contributory and proprietary data to develop predictive decision analytics and provide business services that bring dynamic insight and transparency to the markets it serves. CoreLogic has built one of the largest and most comprehensive U.S. real estate, mortgage application, fraud, and loan performance databases and is a recognized leading provider of mortgage and automotive credit reporting, property tax, valuation, flood determination, and geospatial analytics and services. More than one million users rely on CoreLogic to assess risk, support underwriting, investment and marketing decisions, prevent fraud, and improve business performance in their daily operations. The Company, headquartered in Santa Ana, Calif., has more than 5,000 employees globally. For more information visit www.corelogic.com