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Senators Select Local High-Tech Water Purification System

As the High Technology Development Corporation (HTDC) continues to push forward with the development and growth of Hawaii’s commercial high technology sector, two senators have demonstrated their personal commitment to growing Hawaii small businesses. Hawaii Sens. Glenn Wakai and Breene Harimoto, are the first Hawaii legislators to do business with Hawaiian Cool Water, a local startup specializing in water purification technology. Both attended a recent show-and-tell tour at the Manoa Innovation Center to see what cool ideas local tech and innovation companies are developing.

First Insurance Charitable Foundation Donations Exceed $400,000 In 2014

HONOLULU – The First Insurance Company of Hawaii (FICOH) Charitable Foundation donated more than $400,000 in 2014 to local nonprofit organizations, including the University of Hawaii Foundation, Honolulu Museum of Art, Hawaii Public Television, Kapiolani Health Foundation, Good Beginnings Alliance, Japan American Society of Hawaii, and Aloha United Way.

The FICOH Foundation was established in 1998 and has four areas of focus: Education & Career Development; Economic & Workforce Development, Family, Social Services & Health Care; and Civic, Culture and the Arts. The Foundation also matches gifts to eligible nonprofits made by FICOH staff members.

The 2014 donations totaled $405,299 and supported more than 70 nonprofit organizations in Hawaii.

HUGS Announces 2015 Board of Directors

HUGS Announces 2015 Board of Directors

HONOLULUwww.hugslove.org- HUGS, a local non-profit helping families with seriously ill children statewide, today announced its 2015 HUGS Board of Directors officers, which includes Patrick Klein, President; Jason Higa, Past President; Christine Daleiden, President-Elect; Chason Ishii, Vice President; Wenli Lin, Vice President; Charles Loomis, Vice President; JoAnn Lumsden, Vice President; Bill Tobin, Vice President; Catha Combs, Secretary; and Franklin Tokioka II, Treasurer. 


Jordan Takahashi Joins Kiewit Building Group Inc., Honolulu Office

Jordan Takahashi Joins Kiewit Building Group Inc., Honolulu Office

Kiewit Building Group Inc., a leading general contractor serving Hawaii’s vertical construction markets, recently hired Jordan Takahashi as an engineer. Takahashi will join Kiewit’s job site management team.

In his new role, Takahashi will help to refine Kiewit construction management systems and technologies to better serve the needs of clients and the local community. He will be responsible for the technical aspects of constructing a project including surveying, layout and submittal processing. 

Takahashi completed an internship with Kiewit in the summer of 2014 and was then offered a permanent position. 


Ashford & Wriston, a full-service law firm providing legal expertise to the people of Hawaii for more than 50 years, has moved to the 14th floor of the First Hawaiian Center in downtown Honolulu. Partners, associates and staff celebrated last night at a reception in its new office space.

In recent years, Ashford & Wriston has expanded beyond its real property and civil litigation practice areas to include real estate law, commercial litigation, family law, land use and zoning, financial institutions, eminent domain, taxation, environmental law, labor and employment, bankruptcy, health care, government affairs and intellectual property. Workplaceworks, an innovative interior architecture firm, designed the space in association with Northbridge Consulting LLC as a reflection of Ashford & Wriston’s evolving legal practice, with an emphasis on technology, collaboration and client interaction.

Cheryl Williams Appointed General Manager For The Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort

Cheryl Williams Appointed General Manager For The Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort

HONOLULU – January 20, 2015 – Kyo-ya Hotels & Resorts LP and Starwood Hotels and Resorts Hawai‘i are pleased to announce the appointment of Cheryl Williams as its new general manager for The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort effective February 2, 2015.

“As the owner of The Royal Hawaiian, Kyo-ya is confident in Cheryl’s leadership ability and commitment to our employees and the Hawai‘i community,” said Victor Kimura, senior vice president of Kyo-ya Hotels & Resorts LP. “With Cheryl’s experience, we are confident that she will be an outstanding steward of The Royal Hawaiian and preserve its legacy while elevating the property’s performance for future success.”

First Insurance Company Of Hawaii Appoints 2 New Assistant Vice Presidents

First Insurance Company Of Hawaii Appoints 2 New Assistant Vice Presidents

HONOLULU—First Insurance Company of Hawaii (FICOH) has appointed Misty Wayne Assistant Vice President, Information Technology Solutions and Marie Weite Assistant Vice President, Claims.

Wayne has more than 25 years of client services, system support and project management experience. Prior to joining FICOH in 2008 as Manager of the Project Consulting Group, she served as Program Manager at HMSA for six years. She holds the Project Management Professional (PMP) credential from the Project Management Institute, an important industry-recognized certification for project managers. As Assistant Vice President, she will play a larger role in overall IT operations while continuing to oversee FICOH’s Project Consulting Group.