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First Insurance Charitable Foundation Donations Exceed $150,000 In First Half Of 2014

HONOLULU – The First Insurance Company of Hawaii (FICOH) Charitable Foundation donated more than $150,000 between January and June 2014 to 38 local nonprofit organizations, including the University of Hawaii Foundation, American Red Cross, American Diabetes Association, Honolulu Museum of Art, Sustain Hawaii and others.

“We are proud to support our local nonprofit organizations and do what we can to help strengthen Hawaii for future generations,” said Allen Uyeda, FICOH CEO, who is retiring at the end of July. “FICOH’s philosophy has always been to support Hawaii’s long-term social and economic future through community leadership, volunteer service, and charitable contributions.”

The 2014 donations to date total $150,315 and support a variety of nonprofits in Hawaii, including organizations focused on education, health and social services, and economic development.

Graham Builders Promotes James Jonah to Project Manager

Graham Builders Promotes James Jonah to Project Manager

HONOLULUwww.grahambuilders.com – Graham Builders is pleased to announce that James Jonah has been promoted to project manager from finish carpenter. He will be responsible for overseeing projects once they are in the construction phase, working and coordinating with sub-contractors, creating and managing schedules and material deliveries.

Jonah has more than 30 years of experience in the carpentry industry. Prior to returning to Graham Builders in 2008, he served as a master cabinetmaker and shop foreman. Previously, he worked as a field supervisor for Darcey Builders and honed his master carpenter skills at businesses in California and Maryland.

Born and raised in Maryland, Jonah currently resides in Hawaii Kai.

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.

Strong Demand For The Ritz-Carton Residences, Waikiki Beach

80 Percent of the Waikiki project’s luxury residences now sold

HONOLULU – The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach affirmed its status as one of Hawaii’s most sought-after luxury residential addresses with buyers snapping up the majority of the East Tower residences last week at the opening sales events, held simultaneously in Tokyo and Waikiki.

The outpouring of early interest in the East Tower, only months after the West Tower residences sold out, indicates a healthy demand for luxury real estate in Waikiki as 80 percent of the project’s residences are now sold to buyers primarily from the United States, Japan and other parts of Asia.

“We are very pleased with the grand opening sales success, which we attribute to both Waikiki’s reputation as an exciting international urban resort destination and the strength of The Ritz-Carlton brand,” said Casey Federman, PACREP LLC’s authorized representative.

Island Keiki Get to Business at Windward Mall's Kids Inc

Island Keiki Get to Business at Windward Mall's Kids Inc

For more than a dozen island youth, summer is over and business is open.

Oahu's Luxury Home Sales Climb 33 Percent During First Six Months of 2014

Oahu's Luxury Home Sales Climb 33 Percent During First Six Months of 2014

HONOLULU – Consumers continue to show confidence in Oahu’s luxury real estate market in 2014. Sales of high-end homes on Oahu were up 33 percent during the first six months of 2014 compared to the same period in 2013, according to Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties (CBP), Hawaii’s leading residential real estate firm and a specialist in high-end real estate sales.

The figures are based on Multiple Listing Service (MLS) data of all single-family homes and condominiums sold for more than $1 million during the first half of 2014 on Oahu.

The first six months of 2014 recorded 392 closed sales compared to 294 for 2013. The median sale price was $1,397,500 down slightly from $1,417,500 last year.

Celebrate the tattoos you love and clear the ones you regret at InkOff.MD on National Tattoo Day

Celebrate the tattoos you love and clear the ones you regret at InkOff.MD on National Tattoo Day

 

HONOLULUwww.inkoffhawaii.com – For those who harbor tattoo regret stemming from outdated art, a messy job, or a symbolic gesture that has lost its significance, National Tattoo Day on Thursday, July 17 will be your chance to start fresh with a clean canvas. Whether the goal is to clean up the lines of an existing tattoo or totally remove it, InkOff.MD can help you with the assistance of the first FDA-cleared picosecond aesthetic laser, PicoSure®. Recognized as the first significant improvement in the treatment of tattoo removal in more than 20 years, PicoSure can effectively erase tattoos with fewer treatments and better results. Even tattoos that have been treated previously but failed to clear can be removed with PicoSure’s patented PressureWave™ technology.