If you’ve ever met Sharon Robinson, you know she’s rarely at a loss for words. But when she heard her name announced as the 2019 Affiliate of the Year at the Realtors Association of Maui’s (RAM) annual installation event and membership gala on Friday, Sept. 6, Robinson was uncharacteristically speechless. “It was the first time in my life I didn’t know what to say,” she laughed. “If you know me, you know that’s a true statement.”
That day, three honorees—Robinson, 2019 Realtor Broker of the Year Josh Jerman, and 2019 Realtor Salesperson of the Year Alana Rucynski—were recognized by RAM for their business accomplishments, as well as their spirit, character, professionalism and volunteer work.
Robinson, a senior loan officer with Movement Mortgage, has been a well-respected figure in Maui’s lending industry for nearly four decades. Looking back on it now, Robinson says she knew it was the perfect career on day one. “I’ve always loved working with numbers… and with people,” she said.
Today, if she’s not in her office crunching numbers or working with a client, Robinson is very likely spending time with her family (she has three daughters, six grandchildren and one great-grandson) or volunteering for a worthy cause. “I give whenever and wherever I can,” she said.
Among other things, she’s served on the planning committees for RAM’s annual installation event and RAM’s Got Talent, a fundraiser for Maui OnStage at the Historic Iao Theater and RAM’s Presidential Scholarship Fund, which has awarded $750,000 in academic scholarships to college-bound high school seniors and past scholarship recipients since its inception in 1989.
Robinson also serves as the Wishing Well…for Maui Students program coordinator for Kula Elementary School and Pukalani Elementary School. Since it was established 2007, the Wishing Well program has been making wishes come true for students, teachers and school administrators across Maui County. Throughout the year, volunteer RAM members collect and distribute “wish list” items (everything from pencils to playground balls to rubber slippers) to teachers and school administrators. To date, the Wishing Well program has contributed more than $1.65 million in goods, services and cash donations to Maui County’s public schools.
In the past, Robinson and her fellow Wishing Well volunteers held annual school supply drives at the entrance of the Kmart store in Kahului. But since the store closed its doors in 2017, Robinson says donations are more important than ever—and every little bit helps. “We need to support our teachers,” she said. “They do so much for our kids… and they need our help.” That’s why she signed up to help plan the inaugural “Wishes with Fishes” fundraiser in August 2018 at the Maui Ocean Center. The first-of-its-kind event raised more than $40,000 for the Wishing Well program.
A diehard animal lover, Robinson routinely lends a helping hand to Maui’s four-legged creatures and has rescued more injured birds than she can count, including her two beloved mynas, Winston and Houdini. “It hurts my heart to see an animal suffer,” she said. With that in mind, she encourages anyone who encounters an injured, orphaned animal to contact the East Maui Animal Refuge (better known as the Boo Boo Zoo), a nonprofit rehabilitation sanctuary in Haiku.
Robinson continually goes above and beyond to help others (human or otherwise), never expecting anything in return. And she does it for one simple reason. “We need more kindness in the world,” she said.
It’s not too early to start planning—and practicing—for the next RAM’s Got Talent fundraiser, which will take place on Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Historic Iao Theater. All RAM members and affiliates are eligible to perform. For more information, visit www.ramsgottalent.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.