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About Julie Z


I currently live on the island of Hawaii, but grew up in another world in Silicon Valley where I spent most of my life until 2010. I grew up in San Jose, went to an all-girl Catholic high school, received my degree in public relations and marketing at San Jose State and worked hard in communications, event planning, public relations and public affairs since I graduated in 1988.

I spent most of my professional life tied to real estate. I have worked as the Communications Director for the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors, the Santa Clara County Assoc, the Santa Cruz County Assoc. and the San Mateo County Association of Realtors. I think I personally hold the sole distinction in the country as the only Communications Director to have worked in four different real estate Association’s. During that time, I raised almost a million dollars for housing-related and local charities through the work I did in event planning and fundraising through the Association’s Housing Foundation’s. I also conceived and created free public Housing Fairs in each of the four counties I worked in, providing thousands of consumers with valuable information about the home buying, selling and investing process. Giving back and making a difference is baked into my genes. It’s also a great strategy for getting media attention and bringing people together for business networking. That’s what I do. I create win-win situations for people to help others, while also helping themselves.

I left the buzzing lifestyle of Los Gatos and Silicon Valley in the summer of 2010 with my two children and husband to move to Kona, but for many years I stayed connected to the most amazing and intelligent minds in social media, real estate, and technology. I traveled extensively all over the country to learn about web marketing, social media and productivity tools and have spoken at events to share my knowledge. I have designed and implemented numerous technology conferences in both Silicon Valley and Hawaii to help business owners learn and thrive. In the process, I have made connections that are invaluable.

Professionally, I easily blend my ability to connect people doing great things together, publicize events, share ideas, gather people together for causes and share my adventures with people through writing and video. Through the work I do on my own with my 365 Things To Do In Kona Facebook page and, I help tell the stories of our community. This also allows me to hone what works to tell my client’s stories, too, through photos, video and content marketing. (You can read my lifestyle blog posts on the LUVA Real Estate and Berkeley Hills Realty websites!)



Professional Accomplishments:

Author: I wrote “How to Move to Kona” in 2014 and it continues to sell well! The book was born from the blogging work I have been joyfully doing since 2010 at 365Kona. Because of the book, my husband and I started a real estate referral service in 2018, which led us to also create the “Big Island Real Estate Minute” YouTube Channel. From that, we also created a Big Island Business YouTube channel to help our local business owners tell their story.

I invite you to contact me today to assist you in marketing your business through a variety of channels, including a few of my own!  808-785-2898.

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