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First Insurance Company of Hawaii offers free keiki car seat safety checks for policyholders

First Insurance Company of Hawaii offers free keiki car seat safety checks for policyholders

HONOLULU – As part of its commitment to keeping Hawaii’s keiki safe on the roadways, First Insurance Company of Hawaii (FICOH) is launching free carseat safety inspections every month starting February 22 as an added benefit of being a FICOH policyholder. FICOH is the first and only insurance carrier in Hawaii to offer this service to its policyholders.

“Car seats can significantly reduce the risk of injury or death in the event of a crash, but proper installation is critical,” said Allen Uyeda, president and CEO of First Insurance. “FICOH invested in the training and certification of several of its associates so that we would be able to show our policyholders how to properly install their car seats and provide them with peace of mind.”

Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui will lead more than 40 business executives on a trade mission

Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui will lead more than 40 business executives on a trade mission

WHAT:           Filipino Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii 23rd Trade Mission to the Philippines

WHO:              Lieutenant Governor Shan Tsutsui and More than Forty Business Executives from

                         Oahu and Maui

WHEN:            February 1, 2013 (departure)

TIME:               11:30am – 1:00pm

WHERE:         Hawaiian Airlines Premier Club Lounge                 

Hawaii's Public Libraries Will Unveil Two New E-Resources on February 1

Hawaii's Public Libraries Will Unveil Two New E-Resources on February 1

The Hawaii State Public Library System (HSPLS) will offer two new e-Resources through our website on Friday, February 1:

Ed2Go, an exciting new Gale/Cengage Learning program, will provide Hawaii residents statewide with access to free instructor-led, online courses.

“Ed2Go will provide our patrons with additional opportunities to increase their personal and career development, help them lead more engaged, fulfilled lives, and support their lifelong learning needs,” said State Librarian Richard Burns.  “Our library patrons will be able to enroll in hundreds of courses in a variety of subjects, including 19 that can lead to continuing education credits, ranging from personal finance to digital photography to health and wellness.” 

Honolulu HomeLoans Offers a New Loan Program for Foreign Nationals and Unwarrantable Condos

Honolulu HomeLoans Offers a New Loan Program for Foreign Nationals and Unwarrantable Condos

HONOLULUwww.HonHL.com – Honolulu HomeLoans Inc. (HHL), Hawaii’s premier mortgage banker, today announced its new Non-Conforming Loan Program, aimed at helping clients who may have special challenges obtaining financing.  With the program, unwarrantable projects such as condotels and properties in litigation are now eligible for financing. Foreign nationals, who are not currently eligible for conforming loans such as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loans, are eligible for financing through this program.

“We saw a need going unmet for certain property types and borrowers and decided now was the time to develop this program. I don’t know of any other lenders financing condotels with kitchenettes,” said Anders Hostelley, Honolulu HomeLoans Chief Production Officer.  “This program also is perfect for foreign nationals or non-resident aliens who may want to obtain financing for a home in Hawaii.”

Aung San Suu Kyi Shares Message of Peace in Honolulu

Aung San Suu Kyi Shares Message of Peace in Honolulu

This morning to an audience of more than 300 people, Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma lead a speech titled "Peace Takes Courage and Compassion", followed by a question and answer session with public and private high school students. This is the first visit to Hawaii for the opposition leader of Burma, the southeast Asian country also known as Myanmar. She is seeking to share her message of peace as well as gain an understanding of the island's unique culture and history. Her trip was co-hosted by the Hawaii Community Foundation, Rotary International, the East-West Center and the Myanmar Association of Hawaii. 

Aung San Suu Kyi Shares Message of Peace with Hawai‘i Leaders

Aung San Suu Kyi Shares Message of Peace with Hawai‘i Leaders

Peace leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s first day of events in Hawai‘i began today with a visit to the Bishop Museum hosted by Pillars of Peace Hawai‘i. The tour of Bishop Museum provided an opportunity for Aung San Suu Kyi to gain a deeper understanding of Hawai‘i’s rich culture and history and how these elements have shaped Hawai‘i today. Upon her departure, Bishop Museum staff presented her with a special gift -- a manele a'e (Hawaiian soapberry) seed lei made by local artist Marques Hanalei Marzan from a tree on the grounds of Bishop Museum.

Thousands of gallons of untreated wastewater flow into Kalihi Stream

KALIHI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow)- The Clean Water Branch was notified of a second discharge of 1,500 gallons that flowed into Kalihi Stream early Saturday evening.

The discharge occurred at about 4 p.m. and stopped an hour later.

The public was advised earlier to stay out of the stream due to an initial overflow of nearly 7,450 gallons of untreated wastewater.

City Environmental Services responded to a residence on Alu Street around noon Saturday after a sanitary sewer overflow. Officials say roots clogged a 12-inch pipe causing the water to flow into the stream.

The State Department of Health says the discharge was stopped around 1:45 p.m. and warning signs have been posted downstream to the mouth of Keehi Lagoon.

Crews are in the process of cleaning, disinfecting and de-odorizing the affected area near the overflow.

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