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Honolulu's Group 70 Wins Bid on Major Tahiti Resort

Honolulu's Group 70 Wins Bid on Major Tahiti Resort

Group 70 International Wins Bid on Major Tahiti Resort Project Aimed at Revitalizing the French Polynesian Economy $3 billion project includes five hotels, aquatic park, casino, convention center, theaters and retail shops HONOLULU – www.group70int.com – French Polynesia President Gaston Flosse announced Saturday, July 19, 2014 that Hawaii’s leading design firm Group 70 International, Inc. (G70) was selected as the architect, interior designer and civil engineer on record for the 130-acre Tahiti Mahana Beach Resort and Spa project intended to reignite tourism in Tahiti and stimulate its economy. The project is being led by the French Polynesian government who approved G70’s initial design plans and a jury selected the kama‘aina design firm over a firm from France and China to develop the innovative project on Tahiti’s west side.

Governor Releases $500,000 for New Lanai Community Health Center Facility

HONOLULU – Gov. Neil Abercrombie today announced the release of $500,000 in capital improvement grant funds to the Lanai Community Health Center (LCHC). Identified by the state Legislature, these funds will go toward the construction of a new facility to accommodate the island’s health care needs.

LCHC serves 1,190 patients, which is approximately 40 percent of the Lanai’s estimated population of 3,100 residents.

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.

First Insurance Company Of Hawaii CEO Allen Uyeda Retiring On July 31, 2014

First Insurance Company Of Hawaii CEO Allen Uyeda Retiring On July 31, 2014

HONOLULU – First Insurance Company of Hawaii (FICOH) is preparing to bid aloha to Chief Executive Officer Allen B. Uyeda, who will be retiring on July 31, 2014. Jeff Shonka, who was named FICOH president on January 1, 2014, will succeed Uyeda as the new CEO effective August 1, 2014.

“It has been a remarkable journey steering Hawaii’s oldest and largest insurance company through some important chapters in its 103-year history,” Uyeda said. “Over the past 19 years, I’ve had the privilege of working with FICOH’s associates and partners to create the future for our company and the community. We’ve had months to prepare for this transition, and I am confident that under Jeff’s leadership, FICOH will continue to fulfill its commitment to its customers and community for many years to come.”

First Insurance Company Of Hawaii Named One Of Nation's Top 50 Property & Casualty Insurance Co.

HONOLULU – For the sixth consecutive year, First Insurance Company of Hawaii (FICOH) has been named to the Ward’s 50 group of top-performing property and casualty (P&C) insurance companies in the United States.

“We are proud to receive the distinction as one of the top 50 financial performers of all P&C insurance companies in the United States,” said First Insurance CEO Allen Uyeda, who is retiring at the end of July. “As the oldest and largest insurance company in Hawaii, we strive to provide superior services to Hawaii’s residents and businesses – a philosophy that has been part of our practice since 1911, and one that I have personally strived to achieve over the past 19 years. I am extremely humbled and honored to work alongside a strong team and want to thank our valued associates, agency partners and policyholders for contributing to our strength and long-term success in the Hawaii market.”

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.

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