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CBRE Hires Retail Duo in Hawaii 

Retail duo Kelli Yanagawa Wilinski and Jo McGarry Curran are joining CBRE’s Retail Services group in Hawaii as first vice presidents. The team will be based at the firm’s Honolulu office.

Yanagawa Wilinski most recently served at Colliers International, where she handled some of the region’s most important landlord and tenant clients. McGarry Curran is coming over from Pacific Property Group.

CBRE’s Kim Lord says, “Through their partnership, this duo can bring landlord and tenants together in a more collaborative fashion.”

McGarry Curran is the founder of MoJo, the only full service restaurant advisory in Hawaii, and is also Hawaii’s authority on food and wine. Previously, she was the restaurant specialist at the Honolulu Star Advertiser and MidWeek, and hosts her own radio talk show, Radio MoJo.

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