Ruth S. Marvin R(B),e-Pro, Broker in Charge, Global Luxury℠ Property Specialist







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"Your Swiss real estate connection on the island of Kauai, licensed in Hawaii since 1994"

Ruth S. Marvin was born and raised in Lucerne, Switzerland, and moved to Kauai in 1990 to work in travel management. Kauai has always been her favorite island, and she can't imagine a better place to live, work and raise a family.

Ruth has been a sales agent with Bali Hai Realty since 1994 and was promoted to Broker-in-Charge in 2004 where - in collaboration with the company’s Principal Broker – she has overseen sales transactions in excess of $1Billion since. Ruth is known for her Swiss efficiency, accuracy and confidentiality. She is detail-oriented, organized, knowledgeable and experienced in all aspects of Real Estate on Kauai. Ruth has served local, mainland and international clientele during her career. Her expertise is in resort properties and second homes on Kauai. In 2013, Ruth earned the designation of Previews® Property Specialist as part of the renowned, Coldwell Banker Previews International program. In addition to assisting Buyers and Sellers with their Real Estate needs as the Broker-in-Charge at Bali Hai Realty, Ruth also supports her associates with new agent training, escrow advice, and contract reviews.

Ruth loves Kauai's simple but high-quality lifestyle and its natural beauty. She enjoys spending time outdoors - walking, playing tennis, stand-up paddle boarding - or just having fun with her family and friends. Ruth is married to Joe Marvin and has two beautiful daughters, Sabrina and Wailana.


"Professional, responsive, attentive, sincere, helpful, respectful, focused on our best interests … just a few ways we would describe Ruth Marvin. And after the closing she continues to assist and expedite to make our move in as simple and care free as possible. Out of 5 house purchases over the years our client experience with Ruth has been by far the best. She greatly exceeded our expectations over and over again. She will always be our first choice when choosing a realtor to partner with on any future transactions."
Cobbles, Oahu and Kauai


"Ruth Marvin is a professional with a positive attitude and friendly personality. Her patience, guidance, and knowledge of the area were assets during the process of finding my home on Kauai. She addressed all of my questions and concerns and made a long distance transaction effortless. I’d like to thank Ruth and the staff at Bali Hai Realty for their exceptional service."
Bill Thomas, Kauai


"Ruth was exceedingly helpful in listing, marketing, and selling our condo. She provided great advice, was active in showing the property, and paid attention to and assisted with all the tasks necessary to complete a difficult escrow. She facilitated every step of the process. We would highly recommend using Ruth for real estate services in Kauai, and will assuredly call her for our next real estate representation in Kauai. Ruth has the highest integrity, is honest, and knows the business."
Mark and Patty Ochenduszko,
San Diego, CA


“Ruth Marvin was our family's Real Estate Broker for three purchases and three sales on Kauai. Ruth was as professional and helpful as one could possibly hope for. She was constructive and imaginative in all cases, and especially patient in the weak market of 2009. She was well organized, responsive and a pleasure to work with. We can recommend her to anyone without reservation.”
Mitch and Shirley Ostrom, Kauai & Virginia


"Ruth is a consummate professional who consistently delivers superlative service and results over and beyond expectations. She is the reason we were able to realize our dream of owning a home on Kauai."
Rahul Mehta, California and Kauai


"Ruth is a true professional. She exceeds all expectations and definitely gives 200% to assist you with her guidance, advice, honesty and integrity. She recently helped our family immensely with her expertise of the local market. It would be my pleasure to recommended her to anyone interested in either buying or selling on Kauai. She is a true jewel and a lovely, genuine person."
Kim Dornbusch, Utah and Kauai


"We purchased our townhouse through Ruth Marvin in 2008. Her efficiency and meticulous attention to detail gave us the confidence to take the step. Moreover she has kept in touch and remained a friend. She is very pleasant to deal with."
Drs Devendra, California


"Ruth Marvin is a solid real estate person. We knew she had our interest at heart, after she had done her best to learn what they were. Ruth is very knowledgeable, and not afraid to put in the hard work to take care of all the details in the complicated world of real estate deals. We have congratulated ourselves for having found Ruth to guide us toward finding the place of our dreams. We are happy to give her a five star (should be ten star) rating. Mahalo nui loa."
Adrian Bontje & Pearl Wollin, Kauai


"Ruth did a great job for us as a realtor and we value and trust her advice... She is now also a great friend!"
Miranda Moss, Kauai


"We have bought and sold several properties and have dealt with many different Realtors in the past and in comparison Ruth Marvin is outstanding. Her professional reputation is well known on the North Shore of Kauai."
Jerry Driscoll, Kauai and Utah


“Ruth Marvin represented us on the sale of our property. She was "on top" of all communications and advertising related to the exposure and eventual sale of the lot. She kept us well informed on all activity of importance which allowed us to feel that every effort was being made to move the property. We found her to be both efficient and a very amicable person to do business with.”
Thomas Braverman, Kauai


"Wren Perdue and Ruth Marvin did an excellent job of marketing our home, and provided us with plenty of support along the way to help close the sale. They were professional and friendly at all times and very easy to work with."
Michael Pearson, Kaua'i


"Ruth Marvin and Adrian Sear looked after my wife, Amy and I in our search for our home in paradise. Two total professionals, with a wonderful human touch, is the only way we can describe our experience in dealing with them. We bought the house of our dreams and they made the process so simple. It was easier than buying papayas from a local farmers mart! Ruth and Adrian are the best of the best. If you are looking for a hassle free deal then they are the team for you."
Julian and Amy Keeling, California


Ruth Marvin was simply the best real estate agent we could have found on Kauai. She was able to guide us through a complicated transaction from a very long distance. Perhaps her own distance from home gives her an ability to relate to off shore clients and a sensitivity to the distinct culture of Kauai. She also knows how to sweat the small stuff and get fast answers to tricky questions. We did not even meet Ruth until the day escrow papers were signed yet she was deeply involved every step of the way. My family has made a real friend with Ruth. She has definitely gone above and beyond for us and is helping us through renovations and making friends in the neighborhood. Her work ethic and patience are two key attributes. We do not hesitate to say she is an outstanding real estate professional.
Mary Ann Colihan, Ontario, Canada

The Marvin Family in Zermatt Skiing in Tahoe
Working with Habitat for Humanity.

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Ruth's Listings

listingPhotos 1980 KOLO RD #6, KILAUEA, HI
$1,995,000 3 Beds 2 Baths 2268 sq ft
$1,250,000 2 Beds 2 Baths 1127 sq ft
listingPhotos PUU POA #202, PRINCEVILLE, HI
$1,090,000 2 Beds 2 Baths 1352 sq ft
$950,000 1 Beds 1 Baths 717 sq ft
listingPhotos CR EMMALANI DR/ROOKE, Princeville, HI
$405,000 Beds Baths sq ft
listingPhotos 4876 PEPELANI LP, Princeville, HI
$399,000 Beds Baths sq ft

Ruth's Blog Articles

08/19 |  CPR: The Repeal of Chapter 514A and partial Reenactment
08/12 |  4th Annual KNSCF Chocolate and Wine SAVOR Event on August...
12/12 |  Santa Claus Visits Princeville on Saturday!
05/25 |  Act 181 (Senate Bill 292) Condominium Law
04/30 |  Grand Opening of the Makana North Shore Urgent Care Cente...

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09/18 |  Kauai Vacation Rental Requirements Outside of the VDA
08/04 |  Princeville Concert in the Park Sunday August 6, 2017
06/12 |  Bali Hai Ohana Celebrates Their Keiki!
03/31 |  Island Wide Open House Saturday April 1, 2017
12/19 |  Aloha Angels Kauai
10/10 |  Vacant Land Sales Leap on the North Shore of Kauai in 2016
06/08 |  Na Pali Coast in the Summer
05/13 |  Kauai Salvation Army Soup Kitchen May 2016
09/16 |  Coldwell Banker the Leader in Residential Real Estate
07/13 |  Noa Koa Volleyball Girls Represent Kauai in Anaheim
05/22 |  Kauai Real Estate Update First Quarter 2015
01/28 |  Kauai Luxury Real Estate Market Update
01/19 |  Kauai Real Estate Annual Sales Statistics 2013 - 2014
01/16 |  "Pay As You Throw" Refuse Collection starting July 1, 2015
12/05 |  Festive Weekend Events on Kauai December 5,6 and 7, 2014
10/20 |  Kauai Real Estate - Tax Relief Approved for Properties wi...
09/24 |  Deadline to File For Homeowner's Exemption - Sept. 30, 2014
04/23 |  The Life of Sandershella Presented by Hanalei School's Dr...
04/14 |  Kauai Real Estate – Spectacular Princeville Ocean Bluff Lot
04/11 |  Kauai Real Estate First Quarter 2014 Market Statistics
10/02 |  Homes in the Ultra Luxury Market
09/27 |  Generation Blue Hawaii
09/25 |  Kauai Condos for Sale in Princeville Resort
09/20 |  Princeville Roadwork September 2013
09/18 |  Kauai Homes and Properties for Sale
07/22 |  Sunset Sail in Hanalei Bay
05/08 |  Kauai Homes and Condos for Sale in Princeville at Hanalei
05/01 |  Hula Concert at Kauai Community College on May 4, 2013
04/10 |  Destination Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii
03/22 |  2013 Family Easter Celebration
02/06 |  Kauai Real Estate Market Improving
10/22 |  Hanalei Elementary School Features Movie Seeds of Hope
10/15 |  Kauai Real Estate - Pinao'Ula Estate, Princeville at Hana...
09/14 |  Kauai Mokihana Festival 2012
06/25 |  Kauai Real Estate – Bali Estate at Kohola Point
06/13 |  Kauai Real Estate - Speak with the Experts
03/30 |  Family Easter Celebration at Prince Albert Park Saturday ...
03/21 |  Kahikina - A Fundraiser for the Kauai Hawaiian Studies Ku...
01/16 |  Kelii Ocean View Gem at the Princeville Resort Community
12/30 |  How To Buy A Home On Kauai
12/09 |  Santa and Mrs. Claus in Princeville on December 11, 2011
10/05 |  2nd Saturday in Hanalei Honors Kendall Struxness
09/26 |  Pali Ke Kua – Classic Ocean Bluff Condominium Site in Pri...
09/16 |  Movie in the Park features Soul Surfer!
09/14 |  Hanalei Watershed Hui presents Hanalei, Mauka to Makai
08/26 |  Disney Aulani Resort Opening in Hawaii
08/19 |  Princeville Concert in the Park Sunday August 21
07/13 |  Princeville Real Estate - Luxury Living In Princeville Re...
06/17 |  Princeville at Hanalei Community Association Update June ...
05/27 |  31st Annual Haena to Hanalei Run Scheduled for June 4, 2011
05/16 |  May Day 2011 at Hanalei Elementary School Nani Hanalei
05/09 |  Worldwide Celebrities Visit Hanalei Elementary School
01/20 |  A HISTORY OF PRINCEVILLE by Jay Furfarro
12/10 |  Events this weekend in Princeville and Hanalei
11/30 |  Princeville at Hanalei Resort - A Luxury Community
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10/12 |  Kauai Real Estate - Four Elegant Anini Homes
09/24 |  Hawaii Home Mortgage Loan Types
08/09 |  Kauai County Council Approves Farm-Worker-House Bill
08/06 |  Swiss National Day Kauai Style
07/30 |  Hawaii is Back to School on August 2nd, 2010
07/14 |  North Shore Junior Lifeguard
07/10 |  Concert in the Park: Saturday, July 10th Prince Albert Pa...
06/25 |  New General Manager at the Princeville at Hanalei Communi...
06/09 |  The Bali Hai Ohana Represents at the Haena to Hanalei Run
05/29 |  Hanalei School May Day Celebration 2010