About Us

Malama Auctions & Appraisals LLC is the premiere auction company for the state of Hawaii. With a focus on matching the right people to the right assets it can be said that we provide ‘Black tie service with true Aloha’. If you are interested in selling items, or having an appraisal completed, please feel free to contact us for a free consolation and evaluation of what you have. We have a real passion for providing the best possible service with a smile.

Malama Auctions & Appraisals was founded by John Genovese Jr. and John John Genovese (father and son) on Kauai in 2012. Though Malama Auctions is a new Hawaii venture, auctions are not. John Genovese previously was partner of an auction company in California where they conducted in house and on site auctions from Orange County to Bakersfield. Kauai has been the home of the John's since 2004. John Jr. has deceided to reduce his work load and has since passed the reigns to John John in Mid 2022. 

John John is the only Auctioneer with the Auction Marketing Management (AMM) designation and the only Auctioneer with a Benefit Auctioneer Specialist (BAS) designation in the state of Hawaii. He holds the Certified Auctioneer Institute (CAI) designation, the highest designation available to auctioneers worldwide. He is an accomplished public speaker, and current instructor in a weekly public speaking/teaching school. He works as a consultant on multiple non-profit organization event committees and specializes in Real Estate, Personal Property, Commercial/Industrial Equipment, Land, Automobiles, Recreational Vehicles, Food Industry and Fundraising Auction events. John John also practices traditional real estate transaction in addition to offering property at public auction. 


He Currently serves the National Auctioneers Association (NAA) in the following positions:

  • Chair of the Promotions Committee (Association Cornerstone Committee)
  • Chair of the Website Redesign/Development Task Force
  • Chair of the IAC Live! Task Force


Previous positions served in the NAA Include:

  • Chair of the CAI benefit Gala Committee
  • Conference and Show Education Committee
  • Election Committee
  • IAC Live! Committee
  • Ambassador to the State of Alaska
  • Ambassador to the State of Hawaii
  • State Leadership Conference Invitee

In addition, he is a multiple time scheduled presenter at the annual Conference and Show attended by thousands of auction professionals from countries on most continents each year where he gives instructional sessions on improving business and industry practices.


The CAI designation is a three-year program in which attendees spend a week each year onsite at Indiana University. It’s an intensive program involving late nights working on proposals and other projects that happen in the time between classes. CAI, unlike other designations, focuses on the business matters of the auction industry rather than on a particular asset class. While attendees learn about different types of auctions, the focus is on client relations, colleague relations, best practices, business planning, development, and structure.

He has held this unique and prestigious designation since 2019.


The AMM designation is awarded to auctioneers who have completed an in-person school in the mainland United States that has a curriculum that is specifically designed to train for online marketing, content creation, content dissemination and branding. AMM designates have been educated to perform modern, effective, and impressive marketing on a variety of online platforms including SEO, Google and social media. He has used this education to create the experience and success in advertisement of multiple asset types and real estate marketing worldwide.

The BAS designation is awarded to Auctioneers who have completed an in-person school in the mainland United States that has a curriculum that is specifically designed to train Auctioneers to become professional event consultants and nonprofit marketing professionals. It furthermore can only be awarded to Auctioneers who have actively had a part in the nonprofit world. He is the original host of an iTunes top rated podcast entitled Fundraiser Solutions, which was #1 on the New & Noteworthy charts with an international reach being downloaded more than 2000 times per month.

Both designations have been held since 2012 and require annual continuing education.


For over a decade He has developed a reputation of working alongside his colleagues and has partnered with other auction professionals on projects across the country.

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