"Came for the beauty of Kauai, and stayed for the people."
John C. Ferry is the president and owner of Bali Hai Realty. John first visited Hawaii on Christmas Eve of 1969, on his way to serve in Vietnam. He said to himself, "I'm coming back!" In 1971, he visited the Big Island, Maui, and Oahu, but a good friend told him that Kauai should be his home. John came to Kauai in 1975 and never left.
John founded this Kauai-born, top-performing agency in 1978 with the finest Kauai brokers, individuals with a love of Kauai, demonstrated expertise, and aloha. The Bali Hai ohana consistently outperform other agencies, not just island-wide but statewide. Bali Hai, named as Premier Office by Coldwell Banker, is a reflection of John's love of the island and its people.
One of John's creative insights is the exclusive Bali Hai real estate TV channel, the first of its kind in the islands and the only one of its kind in Kauai. The 24-hour channel showcases Bali Hai properties with a backdrop of beautiful island attractions and activities. John has been a member of the Kauai Board of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors since 1978.
John's 1948 Woody sits in front of the office, where it not only contributes to the colloquial island charm of Hanalei but also sports a plaque to solicit donations for the Kauai Food Bank. John's passion for the people and land of Kauai is legendary here on the island. Everywhere John Ferry goes there is aloha. He is respected and loved by the local residents for his generosity and participating in local organizations such as the board of the YMCA, G.N. Wilcox Memorial Hospital Foundation, Kilauea Light House Restoration, and Kauai Public Land Trust. He is a member of the Historic Hawaii Foundation, the North Shore Business Council, and the Kauai Historical Society.
The north shore is graced with outstanding, award-winning property developments, such as those with which John has been involved at Anini Beach, Hanalei Kalihiwai, Kilauea, Princeville, and Wai Koa Plantation. A house John built at Anini Beach received the AIA House of the Year award for architecture. The same property also received the concrete Award of Excellence, which is no surprise, since John managed a concrete business in his hometown of Glendale, California. He also worked there as a land surveyor, while serving in the National Guard.
John says that every day is a gift and "the best day of my life." He starts each morning with yoga and walking Hanalei Bay at sunrise. At sunset, he likes to take friends sailing on the Bay in an authentic Hawaiian sailing canoe. He loves spending time with his wife, five children and granddaughter. John loves to travel and often takes his family to faraway places, so that when they return to Kauai they realize what a special place it is. He enjoys his vast network of friends and clients and takes every opportunity to get them out onto the sea or on a hike to one of his favorite waterfalls. In the winter he sneaks off to ski, returning to his beloved Kauai with tales of deep powder and helicopter skiing. John has been an avid athlete all of his life, competing in triathlons, marathons, paddling the Molokai Channel, and swimming the Na Pali coast.
I have been doing business with John Ferry and Michael Schmidt at Coldwell Banker Bali Hai Realty for over 20 years. In the 1980s John found our family property on the North Shore of Kauai and just recently Michael and John assisted us in a new acquisition in Haena. Michael's intimate knowledge of Haena and Hanalei was of tremendous value in our latest purchase. They know the island and the market. They are honest, hardworking professionals. I strongly recommend them to anyone who is considering real estate on Kauai. They work with Aloha and understand the island of Kauai.
David Anawalt - Malibu, California
I met John Ferry in 1983 and we became immediate friends. He's easily the most popular person on Kauai in business circles. His wealth of knowledge is staggering, his staff, nothing short of the best…Literally. Integrity is what they all demand of themselves. We get straight answers to our most important real estate questions, even if the right answers are detrimental to making the sale. When I wanted to buy a personal property, John and Takako, a Coldwell Banker agent, found me the perfect forty acres and negotiated it over nine months until we had the price and terms exactly right, then closed it flawlessly. I have been a real estate broker for more than fifty years and I know great agents when I deal with them.
Chris Prentiss – Malibu, California