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Governor Releases $500,000 for New Lanai Community Health Center Facility

HONOLULU – Gov. Neil Abercrombie today announced the release of $500,000 in capital improvement grant funds to the Lanai Community Health Center (LCHC). Identified by the state Legislature, these funds will go toward the construction of a new facility to accommodate the island’s health care needs.

LCHC serves 1,190 patients, which is approximately 40 percent of the Lanai’s estimated population of 3,100 residents.

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Hawaii Supreme Court Issues Landmark Ruling On News Media And Public Access To Criminal Trials

High Court Rebukes Judge Who Held Secret Sessions During Trial of U.S. State Department Special Agent Accused of Murder in Honolulu

HONOLULU –  In a ruling that media attorneys say is one of the strongest endorsements in the country regarding the right of the news media and the public to have access to criminal trial proceedings, the Hawaii Supreme Court sided with Hawaii’s only statewide daily newspaper – the Honolulu Star-Advertiser – and Hawaii News Now (a CBS and NBC affilitate) and rebuked a Circuit Court judge who held closed on-the-record hearings with attorneys in one of Hawaii’s highest-profile trials.

First Insurance Company Of Hawaii CEO Allen Uyeda Retiring On July 31, 2014

First Insurance Company Of Hawaii CEO Allen Uyeda Retiring On July 31, 2014

HONOLULU – First Insurance Company of Hawaii (FICOH) is preparing to bid aloha to Chief Executive Officer Allen B. Uyeda, who will be retiring on July 31, 2014. Jeff Shonka, who was named FICOH president on January 1, 2014, will succeed Uyeda as the new CEO effective August 1, 2014.

“It has been a remarkable journey steering Hawaii’s oldest and largest insurance company through some important chapters in its 103-year history,” Uyeda said. “Over the past 19 years, I’ve had the privilege of working with FICOH’s associates and partners to create the future for our company and the community. We’ve had months to prepare for this transition, and I am confident that under Jeff’s leadership, FICOH will continue to fulfill its commitment to its customers and community for many years to come.”

First Insurance Company Of Hawaii Named One Of Nation's Top 50 Property & Casualty Insurance Co.

HONOLULU – For the sixth consecutive year, First Insurance Company of Hawaii (FICOH) has been named to the Ward’s 50 group of top-performing property and casualty (P&C) insurance companies in the United States.

“We are proud to receive the distinction as one of the top 50 financial performers of all P&C insurance companies in the United States,” said First Insurance CEO Allen Uyeda, who is retiring at the end of July. “As the oldest and largest insurance company in Hawaii, we strive to provide superior services to Hawaii’s residents and businesses – a philosophy that has been part of our practice since 1911, and one that I have personally strived to achieve over the past 19 years. I am extremely humbled and honored to work alongside a strong team and want to thank our valued associates, agency partners and policyholders for contributing to our strength and long-term success in the Hawaii market.”

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Island Insurance the only Hawaii-based firm named a Top 50 P&C insurer for seven consecutive years

Island Insurance Company, Ltd., the State’s largest locally-owned Property and Casualty insurance carrier, has been recognized as one of the Top 50 Property and Casualty insurance companies in the nation by the Ward Group for the seventh consecutive year.  The Ward Top 50 recognition places Island Insurance within the top 2% of the leading Property and Casualty insurers in the nation.  Island Insurance is the first Hawaii-based Property and Casualty insurance company to achieve the Top 50 recognition and the only to be recognized for seven consecutive years.

Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Welcomes Neurologist to Maui Lani Elua Clinic

Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Welcomes Neurologist to Maui Lani Elua Clinic

Kaiser Permanente Hawaii today announced the addition of Dr. Mark Gibson to the neurology department at its Maui Lani Elua Clinic.  Dr. Gibson joins over 500 care providers within the state’s largest medical group, the Hawaii Permanente Medical Group (HPMG), which provides comprehensive care to Kaiser Permanente’s 235,000-plus members in Hawaii.

Dr. Gibson earned his medical degree from Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minn. He completed his neurology residency at Mayo Clinic, and is board certified in neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente Hawaii, Dr. Gibson served as associate professor of neurology at University of Massachusetts, and as a consultant in neurology at Fairlawn Rehabilitation Hospital in Worcester, Mass.

Dr. Gibson joins the Maui Lani Elua Clinic physicians and staff in Wailuku. The clinic offers services in neurology, physiatry, and occupational/physical therapy to the Maui community.

See Award-winning Hula Dancer Perform at Kihei Library on July 22

See Award-winning Hula Dancer Perform at Kihei Library on July 22

Hulali ®, winner of the prestigious Kahili Award for hula dancing, will present “Mai Pu‘uwai” (From the Heart), a free performance at Kihei Public Library on Tuesday, July 22 at 6:30 p.m.

Hulali, a life-long Polynesian dancer and entertainer, will offer an extraordinary hula performance that has been said to give audience members “chicken skin.”  Hulali’s graceful and breath-taking performance is said to radiate and reflect genuine aloha to her viewers.  A talk story session will follow the performance.