Sanjay Arora was born in Kobe, Japan, to a Japanese mother and Indian father, and graduated as valedictorian from an international school there before going to Stanford University in California. With his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering, he moved to Tokyo to work as a consultant, then spent 14 years in finance working for Morgan Stanley and Lehman Brothers, covering central banks and hedge funds as a Japan specialist.
Sanjay became involved in Hawaii real estate in 2000, and moved here with his family shortly thereafter. Having personally purchased and sold Hawaii real estate as a principal, he has a good understanding of what worries and concerns an investor, especially an international one, may have. Sanjay is an active leader of the Stanford Alumni Association, organizing many of their events including professors’ presentations and sports viewing parties. Sanjay’s interests include exercising (he has run the Honolulu Marathon), baseball and music, and he is a big supporter of the American Cancer Association.
Sanjay’s wife Haruko was born in Kamakura, Japan, and spent 10 years in New York. She also previously worked at the Tokyo offices of Morgan Stanley and Lehman Brothers. She currently writes a popular Japanese blog about living in Hawaii – ameblo.jp/kupulauhawaii/
Their two children graduated from Punahou School and both are currently attending Stanford. Sho is a Senior majoring in Computer Science, has participated in both Punahou and Stanford’s marching bands, and has surpassed his father as a guitarist. Yuka is a Sophomore at Stanford with interests in hula, piano, and business.