Our network

Transportation

Toyota Prius named Best-Value New Car

Toyota Prius named Best-Value New Car

HONOLULU Toyota Hawaii today announced the Toyota Prius has won top honor from Consumer Reports, which ranked America’s original hybrid as BEST VALUE for a new car, for a second year in a row.  Consumer Reports, a not-for-profit source of information that is neither influenced nor associated with any commercial interest, noted in its report, “…the (Honda) Civic costs more to own in the long run, and it can’t match the Prius’ combination of fuel efficiency, versatility, roominess, and outstanding reliability.”

First Insurance Company invites you to enter its mascot catchphrase social media challenge

First Insurance Company invites you to enter its mascot catchphrase social media challenge

Taking after its namesake, our mascot Poincy is all about “covering” the people of Hawaii.

While Poincy is every inch the action-oriented mascot, he’s a little shy when it comes to proclaiming his powers of strength and kindness. Now you can be the one to give Poincy his very own catchphrase. As part of our Mascot Catchphrase Challenge, First Insurance invites you to pen your best Poincy catchphrase for a chance to win $250 worth of free gas.

Here’s how to participate:

Mcdonald’s restaurants of Hawaii encourages local keiki to “look both ways” at school crosswalks

Mcdonald’s restaurants of Hawaii encourages local keiki to “look both ways” at school crosswalks

 

HONOLULU – Ronald McDonald has put his foot down at dozens of schools across the state to remind keiki and other pedestrians to be careful at school crossings. Ronald’s effort was part of McDonald’s® Restaurants of Hawaii’s Pedestrian Safety Decal Installation Program, part of the State of Hawaii’s Pedestrian Safety Awareness Month in August, supported by the state Department of Transportation, the state Department of Education and all four county governments.

Thanks to Ronald, his bright red shoeprint safety decals can now be found at Hawaii elementary school sidewalks near crosswalks. The shoeprints are accompanied by a bold message in red and yellow to “STOP” and “LOOK BOTH WAYS” before crossing the street.

DOT H-1 Rehabilitation Project to begin in September

DOT H-1 Rehabilitation Project to begin in September

Beginning in September, the State Department of Transportation will begin a year-long H-1 Freeway Rehabilitation Project. The work will be done during nighttime hours from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. (Sunday nights through Friday mornings) and will span from the Middle Street overpass until Ward Avenue.

The project will include resurfacing lanes, upgrading lighting, improving drainage and adding an additional lane - similar to work done on the H-1 Freeway between the Punahou Street overpass and the Pali Highway off-ramp. The DOT says that up to 120 nights of full-lane closures in one direction at a time will be necessary.

"Having four lanes now – adding one lane in each direction – is going to help,” DOT Deputy Director – Projects Jadine Urasaki said. “It’s not going to resolve all of our traffic nightmares but it is going to try and help the quality of life in getting us to and from work.”

Island Insurance named Top 50 Property and Casualty Insurer in the nation

 Island Insurance named Top 50 Property and Casualty Insurer in the nation

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 sixth 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 six consecutive years.

FIRST INSURANCE COMPANY OF HAWAII NAMES JEFF SHONKA SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

FIRST INSURANCE COMPANY OF HAWAII NAMES JEFF SHONKA SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

 

HONOLULU – The First Insurance Company of Hawaii (FICOH) board of directors has elected Jeff Shonka senior vice president, chief operating officer (COO). Shonka joined FICOH in 2002 as its chief financial officer. With this promotion, Shonka has assumed responsibility for key operational areas of the company, including Claims, Personal and Commercial Lines, Legal, Surety & Fidelity, and First Risk Management Services (FiRMS), a subsidiary brokerage operation for non-standard risks.

“Jeff is an invaluable member of the executive team who during his 10 years with First Insurance has not only earned the respect and trust of our officers, but of his department, our company and other industry leaders in Hawaii,” said Allen Uyeda, president and CEO of First Insurance.

City Sets Ala Moana TOD Community Workshop

City Sets Ala Moana TOD Community Workshop

The following information is provided by City & County of Honolulu:

The Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP) will hold the first of three community workshops for residents and businesses to create the Ala Moana Neighborhood Transit-Oriented Development Plan.

The workshop is set for Tuesday, August 7, from 6-8 p.m. in the McKinley High School Cafeteria. Light refreshments will be provided.

A rail transit station is planned next to the Ala Moana Shopping Center on Kona Street, and there are exciting possibilities for transit-oriented development (TOD) in the area surrounding the station.