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Snorkeler who drowned in Kahala waters identified

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- The 63-year-old man who died after being found unconscious while snorkeling at a Kahala Beach has been identified.

The Honolulu Medical Examiner told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that Michikane Kawasaki was found floating unconscious on July 3, 2013 in an area fronting the Kahala Hotel.

He was reportedly taken by paramedics to the hospital in critical condition, where he was later pronounced dead.

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Surfrider Foundation and RevoluSun clean Sandy Beach of over 400 pounds of small debris

Surfrider Foundation and RevoluSun clean Sandy Beach of over 400 pounds of small debris

HONOLULUwww.RevoluSun.com – RevoluSun, Hawaii’s leading provider of residential and commercial solar systems, and Surfrider Foundation cleaned up over 400 pounds of small debris at Sandy Beach on Saturday, July 13. 

For the fourth year in a row, RevoluSun has partnered with the Surfrider Foundation’s Oahu Chapter for the Sandy Beach cleanup. The cleanup was focused on small trash that is difficult to pick up. In about 90 minutes volunteers combed the beach removing over 2,000 cigarette butts, almost 600 bottle caps and over 300 drink cans/bottles and single-use food containers. They also collected plastic bags, polystyrene from packaging, fishing nets/rope, batteries, drug paraphernalia, condoms, and many other items.

FIRST INSURANCE NAMED ONE OF NATION’S TOP 50 PROPERTY & CASUALTY COMPANIES FOR 5th STRAIGHT YEAR

FIRST INSURANCE NAMED ONE OF NATION’S TOP 50 PROPERTY & CASUALTY COMPANIES FOR 5th STRAIGHT YEAR

HONOLULU – First Insurance Company of Hawaii (FICOH) has been named to the 2013 Ward’s 50 group of top-performing property and casualty insurance companies. This is the fifth consecutive year that FICOH has earned this distinction.

FICOH’s being named to the 2013 Ward’s 50 list comes after the upgrade of FICOH’s Financial Strength Rating (FSR) by A.M. Best earlier this year. Rated “A+” (superior), FICOH currently has the highest FSR among property and casualty insurance carriers based in Hawaii.

The Ward Group, a leader of benchmarking and best practices services for the insurance industry, analyzes more than 3,000 property and casualty companies in the United States each year and lists the top companies as the “Ward’s 50.” The 2013 Ward’s 50 list recognizes companies that have achieved outstanding financial results in the areas of safety, consistency and performance over the preceding five-year period (2008 to 2012).

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.

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D.R. Horton – Schuler Division Names C. Ryan Gross Online Sales Concierge

D.R. Horton – Schuler Division Names C. Ryan Gross Online Sales Concierge

D.R. Horton – Schuler Division today announced that C. Ryan Gross has been named online sales concierge. In this newly created position for the Hawaii operation, Gross will be responsible for providing personalized service to website visitors interested in learning more about any of D.R. Horton – Schuler Division’s homes and communities across the state.

“This opportunity to dedicate a full-time resource to manage our online sales activity is significant for us, as the number of prospective buyers who begin their home search online has steadily increased over time,” said Mike Jones, president, D.R. Horton – Schuler Division. “We want to provide the highest level of customer service from the first click on our website.”

Hospice Hawaii Hires New Director of Clinical Operations

Hospice Hawaii Hires New Director of Clinical Operations

HONOLULU - Hospice Hawaii has hired Fay Van Fleet as director of clinical operations, where she will be responsible for the coordination and delivery of patient services and overall clinical leadership. 

Van Fleet joins Hospice Hawaii with over 15 years of healthcare leadership experience. Most recently, she was the director of patient care South Region at the Hospice of Palm Beach County. Prior to this, she held positions as nurse manager at JFK Medical Center in Florida; clinical director of the South Florida Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Center; and clinical manager of Gambro Healthcare Services in Florida. 

Hawai`i Five-0 Season 4 Blessing

Hawai`i Five-0 Season 4 Blessing

It was the start of a new endeavor for some and a homecoming for others as the Hawai`i Five-0 production returned to its original location.

The Hawai`i Film Studio is the only state owned and operated one of its kind in the country. It served as the home for the original Hawai`i Five-0 and Magnum P.I.

Dennis Chun who plays “Sgt. Duke Lukela” on the show has a lot of history with the film studio. He acted in Magnum P.I. and his father was Kam Fong Chun, who played “Chin Ho Kelly” in the original Hawai`i Five-0.

“It’s just fantastic to be back here,” Chun said. “It feels like we’re ‘home.’ There’s so much legacy and history here and we’re going to add a lot more history and legacy here because I think it’s going to be a fantastic season.”

Alex O’Loughlin who plays “Steve McGarrett” on Hawai`i Five-0 enjoyed his first time at the studio.