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Starwood Hotels & Resorts Associates Come “Together As One” To Support Hawaii's Local Communities

HONOLULU – This month, Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ 11 iconic properties on Maui, Kauai, Oahu and Hawaii, the Big Island, along with Starwood’s Central Resources Team in Waikiki, will engage in volunteer and community outreach efforts to support worthy causes that benefit the Islands. From raising funds to support the Hawaii Foodbank Kauai Branch to beautifying Lahainaluna High School on Maui to rebuilding the Heeia Fishpond on Oahu, to raising cultural awareness among students in Kona, the employee-driven outreach initiatives are an extension of Starwood’s ongoing commitment to support the local community and are part of Starwood’s “Together As One” global volunteer campaign being launched this month.

First Insurance Company Of Hawaii Upgraded To A+ Rating By Standard & Poor’s

HONOLULU – Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services (S&P) today raised its long-term counterparty credit and financial strength ratings for First Insurance Company of Hawaii (FICOH) to A+ from A-. FICOH is now the only Hawaii-based carrier with an S&P rating of A+.

FICOH, which has been operating in Hawaii since 1911, also holds an A+ rating from A.M. Best Co. and has been on the Ward’s 50 group of top-performing property and casualty (P&C) insurance companies in the United States for six consecutive years.

“We are proud FICOH is seen as strategically important to our parent company Tokio Marine,” said Jeff Shonka, FICOH CEO and president. “Our A+ rating is an indication of our financial security and ability to serve the entire spectrum of accounts in the Hawaii market, from small to very large.”

Free Stress Reduction Treatments for Puna Residents Using Gentle, Relaxing, Ear Acupuncture

Free Stress Reduction Treatments for Puna Residents Using Gentle, Relaxing, Ear Acupuncture

On Saturday November 15, 2014 at 1:30 and 3:30, free stress-reduction acupuncture treatments will be offered at the YBA Hall in downtown Pahoa, HI (the big yellow building). Thirty to forty-five minute community-style acupuncture treatments will be provided by licensed acupuncturists and student volunteers using five, tiny, one-time-use needles inserted in each outer ear. The goal is to make these treatments available to anyone in the community who has experienced stressful challenges related to the Puna lava flow and Tropical Storm Iselle.

People who are treated typically feel a tiny pinch when the needles go in, which quickly subsides, and gives way to an experience of deep, peaceful relaxation, and often reduction in physical pain.

Robert Landau Named New Executive Director Of Hawaii Association Of Independent Schools

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Association of Independent Schools (HAIS) Board of Directors has named Robert Landau the organization’s new executive director, replacing longtime Executive Director Robert Witt, who is retiring.

Landau has worked as an educator, principal, superintendent and director for notable schools across the globe. He most recently was deputy superintendent of the prestigious Singapore American School in Singapore. His career has spanned nearly forty years in Europe, Asia and the United States. He was chosen as HAIS executive director after an extensive search within and outside of Hawaii.

“Share A Night” At The Ronald McDonald House Charities® Of Hawaii Annual Gala, Sunday, November 16

HONOLULU – Mark your calendar for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Hawaii’s (RMHC-Hawaii) annual “Share A Night” gala. Tables are available for the Sunday, November 16, event at the Sheraton Waikiki. This year’s honorary co-chairs are Sam Choy, chef and restaurateur, and Bobby Senaha, publisher of Hawaii Business Magazine.

“It is the strength and courage of the many children and families who stay at the Ronald McDonald House that we would like to honor at this year’s Share-A-Night gala,” said Jerri Chong, RMHC-Hawaii president. “This is a season of thanks and giving, and we are dedicating our largest event of the year to celebrate the families who make our house a home.”

Kahala Associates Partners With LIST Sotheby's International Realty

Kahala Associates Partners With LIST Sotheby's International Realty

Creates New Era of Luxury Real Estate Services in Hawaii

HONOLULU – Associate-owned Kahala Associates, one of Hawaii’s premier kamaaina luxury real estate firms, has partnered with international real estate powerhouse LIST Sotheby’s International Realty.

The union creates a new era of luxury real estate services in Hawaii that will put local clients and agents on the world stage. The expanded LIST Sotheby’s International Realty is steeped in the knowledge and culture of Hawaii, Japan and other countries with agents who are active and engaged members of their communities. The partnership with Kahala Associates also creates Oahu’s third-largest agency as measured by total sales and dollar volume by agent. LIST Sotheby’s International Realty remains the name of the enlarged firm, and all Kahala Associates agents and listings have been transitioned accordingly.

ALTRES Staffing and simplicityHR Employees Report Success of New Corporate Wellness Program

ALTRES Staffing and simplicityHR Employees Report Success of New Corporate Wellness Program

Staff on all three islands have shed more than 500 pounds collectively and

see positive results by taking a holistic approach to health