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Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties Hosts Free "First Time Home Buyer" Seminar

Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties Hosts Free "First Time Home Buyer" Seminar

Are you in the market to buy your first home? Arm yourself with the knowledge and tools necessary to find the right home, at the right price, by attending this free seminar. Learn from experts about qualifications, strengthening your offer and buying the right home.    

Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties’ “First Time Home Buyer” seminar will be held on Sunday, July 21 at 5:30 p.m. at 4460 Kapolei Parkway in the Kapolei Commons Shopping Center.

Space is limited. Please call (808) 947-8101 to reserve your seat!

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.

Fire crews contain two-alarm Ewa building fire

EWA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow)- Crews from the Honolulu Fire Department were able to contain a two-alarm building fire on Kela Place in Ewa Saturday afternoon.

Fire officials say a unit in a duplex home at The Waterfront at Puuloa caught fire around 2:30 p.m., sending smoke into the air that could be seen for miles.

Two people were home when the fire started, and both escaped. Their dog did not make it out of the building.  

Crews were able to put the fire out in about an hour. Damage is estimated to be at $350,000.

Red Cross volunteers are meeting with the affected residents to ensure their immediate emergency needs are met. 

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Ten local Red Cross volunteers head to Arizona for disaster relief

Ten local Red Cross volunteers head to Arizona for disaster relief

Hawai`i Red Cross volunteers will share their aloha to those affected by the Arizona wildfires.

19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots were killed battling the blaze that left many without basic necessities.

Three Hawai`i Red Cross nurses left yesterday for Arizona and seven additional volunteers will be leaving this week - from Maui, O`ahu and the Big Island.

"Not only do we want to give our aloha and reach out to these poor people that are suffering so tremendously but when they come back, they're going to have experience in order to help Hawai`i be stronger for when we get hit by a disaster," American Red Cross Hawai`i State Chapter CEO Coralie Matayoshi said.

WHAT WILL THEY DO?

Ewa Beach man indicted for promoting prostitution

EWA BEACH, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow)- A 28-year-old Ewa Beach man has been
indicted in the first promotion of prostitution case in Hawaii to be charged as
a Class A felony, Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney Keith M. Kaneshiro announced
today.

An Oahu grand jury Tuesday indicted Isaiah
Black on three counts of promoting prostitution in the first degree. The
offense is punishable by 20 years in prison.

In 2011, Prosecuting Attorney Kaneshiro
introduced legislation that shifted the focus of enforcement in prostitution
cases to sex traffickers and encouraged victims to come forward. State
lawmakers responded by upgrading promotion of prostitution in the first degree
to a Class A felony and moving to authorize witness protection for victims
willing to testify against their pimps.

"The approach of my office has been to
go after the people who profit from prostitution," Kaneshiro said.
"In cases where prostitutes have been coerced, they are victims as
well."

Promises for preschool

Promises for preschool

Governor Neil Abercrombie signed a bill today supporting early childhood education in Hawai`i.

Senate Bill 1093 calls for a Preschool Open Doors Program that will provide keiki with resources that will help them with emotional, social, linguistic, cognitive and physical development. The measure will set aside $1.16 million for the next two fiscal years to create three temporary positions and services for program implementation. Additionally $6.4 million will be used to subsidize 900 children to attend preschool for the 2014-2015 fiscal year. The money will be made available from the State Department of Human Services.

“That’s not enough – but that’s alright,” Abercrombie said referring to 900 kids. “That’s not a complaint. It’s a promise.