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Legislature Appropriates $700,000 for Library eBooks and Other Materials

Legislature Appropriates $700,000 for Library eBooks and Other Materials

With the support of the Governor and the Hawaii State Legislature, $700,000 was provided to the Hawaii State Public Library System (HSPLS) to significantly expand its collections of eBooks and other new library materials.  

“We would like to express our sincere appreciation to the Legislature and Governor for providing this much needed funding to enhance our eBooks collection as well as our other library collections,” said State Librarian Richard Burns.  “Our eBook collection is extremely popular and well-used, and eBook circulation is growing at a faster rate than any other materials collection.  Accordingly, we plan to devote fully half of these funds to eBook purchases, which we estimate will increase our total eBook collection by approximately 25%.  This funding will help us meet the high demand for eBooks and other library materials.”

Hawaii Meth Project Announces its 2013-2014 Teen Advisory Council

Hawaii Meth Project Announces its 2013-2014 Teen Advisory Council
The Hawaii Meth Project announced today the newly appointed student members of its Teen Advisory Council for the 2013-2014 school year. This year’s council is comprised of 19 high school students from Lanai, Maui, Kauai, Hawaii Island and Oahu. The Teen Advisory Council assists the Hawaii Meth Project in its statewide community outreach program. Student members will help raise awareness about the risks of methamphetamine use, and provide a teen perspective on the prevention campaign’s strategies and messages.

This year’s advisory council was selected through a competitive application and interview process. During their term, council members will be involved in a number of outreach and service projects. They will represent the Hawaii Meth Project at community events, initiate activities and projects at their schools, and engage peers online via social media.

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.

Servco Automotive debuts new car carriers

Servco Automotive debuts new car carriers

HONOLULU – Servco Automotive (Servco) today announced it is expanding its car carrier fleet to handle an increased demand for safe delivery of Servco’s products with two new trailers and trucks.  The first brand-new car carriers on Oahu since 1990, these environmentally friendly, clean-burning diesel engine trucks and trailers now bring Servco’s auto transport fleet to five. In 2012, Servco transported more than 40,000 vehicles to its Oahu dealerships.

“We’re proud to do our part to bring new, more efficient technology to Hawaii, as we work to minimize our carbon footprint,” said Ronald Kirley, Car Carrier Services Manager.  “In addition, the new technology allows for quicker loading and unloading, making operations more efficient.”

First Catalys laser cataract surgery to take place in Hawaii next week

First Catalys laser cataract surgery to take place in Hawaii next week

Cataract & Vision Center of Hawaii is the first to offer laser cataract surgery using the Catalys® Precision Laser System

HONOLULU – Dr. Worldster Lee and Dr. Brandon Lee, a local father and son ophthalmologist team, will perform Hawaii’s first Catalys laser cataract surgery on Tuesday, July 16, using the Catalys® Precision Laser System, the first of its kind in the Islands.

“We are excited to bring this new technology to Hawaii to benefit our patients,” said Dr. Worldster Lee. “The Catalys Laser is the most advanced laser of its kind and can deliver unmatched precision and clarity for patients undergoing cataract surgery.”

Bonterra Solar adds new partner/Sales Director

Bonterra Solar adds new partner/Sales Director

 

Christian Adams Brings ‘Rock Star’ Solar Credentials to Firm

HONOLULU — Solar industry veteran Christian Adams has joined Bonterra Solar, one of the fastest-growing solar companies in Hawaii, as a partner and sales director.

“We are excited to have someone of Christian’s caliber join Bonterra Solar, not only as our new sales director, but also as a partner in the company,” said Andrew Yani, Bonterra co-founder and principal. “He will be instrumental in helping to take Bonterra Solar to the next level.”

Blair Herbert, Bonterra principal and head of the company’s Commercial Division, said Adams’ prior experience in solar sales will be a significant asset for Bonterra.

“Christian set out to be a singer-songwriter but has instead become a rock star in solar, setting records in solar installation growth wherever he has worked,” Herbert said.