About

KÉCŌ CAPITAL was formed by real estate investors Kekoa-Michael Lwin and Cory Nemoto. As investors who have borrowed millions of dollars in private financing themselves across multiple states and markets, they both saw a huge need in the marketplace to provide affordable capital to investors by investors. Kekoa and Cory have a passion to serve new and seasoned investors with not just providing the primary financing on their deals, but also, with practical guidance, trusted expertise with genuine encouragement and support.

KÉCŌ CAPITAL understands, through its company mission, the critical role that private and hard money financing plays in allowing real estate investors and developers to use leverage and scale their operations, which in turn helps provide more jobs, more housing, cleaner neighborhoods, and stimulated local economies. KÉCŌ CAPITAL is not just another hard money lender. KÉCŌ CAPITAL is a member of your team who will stand with you, and for you, on every deal!

KÉCŌ CAPITAL was formed by real estate investors Kekoa-Michael Lwin and Cory Nemoto. As investors who have borrowed millions of dollars in private financing themselves across multiple states and markets, they both saw a huge need in the marketplace to provide affordable capital to investors by investors. Kekoa and Cory have a passion to serve new and seasoned investors with not just providing the primary financing on their deals, but also, with practical guidance, trusted expertise with genuine encouragement and support.<br /> <br /> KÉCŌ CAPITAL understands, through its company mission, the critical role that private and hard money financing plays in allowing real estate investors and developers to use leverage and scale their operations, which in turn helps provide more jobs, more housing, cleaner neighborhoods, and stimulated local economies. KÉCŌ CAPITAL is not just another hard money lender. KÉCŌ CAPITAL is a member of your team who will stand with you, and for you, on every deal!

Leadership

KEKOA-MICHAEL LWIN

Kekoa is the co-owner & founder of KÉCŌ CAPITAL. He has been active in real estate since he was in college. In fact, he majored in Accounting and minored in Real Estate and Marketing. He received his MBA (Masters in Business Administration) Degree from Hawaii Pacific University and his MATL (Masters in Transformational Leadership) Degree from Bethel University.

Kekoa purchased his first home during his senior year in college and flipped it one year later for a substantial profit. He was hooked! This began a life-long passion to renovate homes, build and sell. He became a licensed realtor and was active in real estate development by the age of 24.

On a daily basis Kekoa helps run the day-to-day operations of KÉCŌ CAPITAL. He specializes in general contracting, real estate brokerage operations, design and public relations. Kekoa is also a sought after real estate investor conference speaker.

Kekoa lives in both Honolulu, Hawaii and Seattle, Washington. He is an avid fitness addict who loves working out and enjoys training other athletes in his spare time. His favorite past-time is to jump in his motorhome with his family and head to new cities across the country!

CORY NEMOTO

Cory Nemoto is the co-owner & founder of KÉCŌ CAPITAL. He began his real estate investing career in 2011 in Southern California in the Riverside County market while finishing up his bachelor’s degree at California Baptist University. After graduating, Cory moved back home to Hawaii and became involved in real estate investing on the island of O’ahu.

Cory has been involved in multiple investment deals ranging from relocation, renovation, and new home development projects. He has been featured on multiple nationally renowned real estate investing podcasts as well as an influential guest speaker at local real estate meetings.

On a daily basis Cory helps run the day-to-day operations of KÉCŌ CAPITAL. He specializes in deal sourcing & valuations, acquisitions, financing, investor relations, and project management.

Cory lives in the growing area of Kaka’ako on the south side of Oahu, Hawaii. He enjoys exercising, training in the martial art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, late night fishing trips, and casual get-togethers with family and friends.

The Team

Alexander J. Young

Vice President - Operations

Leila Morinaga

Director - Operations

Daniel Kong

Director - Asset Management

Scott Rosenhaus

Director - Loan Processing

KÉCŌ CAPITAL Advisory Board

Jonah Kogen

Owner

Hillside Realty & Development

Jonah Kogen is a real estate investor, developer, and broker. He has over 16 years of real estate experience spanning from Boston to Hawaii. Jonah specializes in real estate development, valuation, and sales. He is the owner of Hillside Realty & Development, which was recently honored for selling one of the most expensive & prestigious beachfront luxury estates in Hawaii. Because of Jonah’s unique ability to evaluate deals, manage and sell multi-million dollar projects & properties, he is the leading resource and trusted authority for many local and national investors.

Macy Lee, CAMS,

CTP Vice President

First Hawaiian Bank

Macy Lee is a vice president, business services professional and compliance manager at First Hawaiian Bank, the largest and oldest bank headquartered in Hawai'i. She is responsible for increasing business customer engagement, enhancing revenue generation and ensuring regulatory compliance. She has 18 years of the banking experience in payment systems, program management, project management, data/information systems, and is a Certified Treasury Professional and Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist. She is a supporter of local non-profit organizations that empower girls/women, protect the natural environment and support native Hawaiian communities.

Candace Chase

Executive Vice President

TransPacific Mortgage Group LLC

Candace Chase is the Executive Vice President for TransPacific Mortgage and has managed production for the company’s banking operation in a joint venture with Central Pacific Bank. She was responsible for quality control, investor relations and loan quality for mortgage operations. Candace’s success stems from her vast leadership experience of over 40 years in the real estate development, mortgage, savings and loan industries. Institutional wholesale investors along with local portfolio investors look to Candace for here comprehensive knowledge and strategic expertise in the mortgage brokerage space. In addition to her wealth of experience, Candace also formerly ran the Midwest Foreclosure Department for World Savings assisting in loss mitigation and in-depth forensic studies on any loss.

Sheryl Matsuoka

Executive Director

The National Utility Contractors Association, Hawaii Restaurant Association

Sheryl Matsuoka is the Executive Director of The National Utility Contractors Association & Hawaii Restaurant Association. Sheryl Matsuoka is an experienced executive manager, a professional real estate investor, and a business investor. She is responsible for the management, accounting, communications, marketing, event planning, and other critical functions that ensure smooth operations of the professional associations she leads. Sheryl is also a successful real estate developer and investor with over 40 years experience in managing rental properties, lending, rehabbing, and flipping. Sheryl and her husband are also partnering in 5 restaurants, which include the internationally renowned Gyu-Kaku Hawaii Restaurants and the Rainbow Drive-Inn Kalihi located in Honolulu, HI.