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EMS puts four new ambulances into service

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- Honolulu Emergency Medical Service officials held a blessing for four new fully-equipped ambulances on Wednesday.

The new ambulances will begin service next week with the intent to maintain the highest level of medical care for Honolulu's sick and injured.

The four 2013 Ford 3-350 ambulances replace the ambulances at the Wai'anae, Nanakuli, Makakilo and Wahiawa stations.

The old ambulance got an average of 130,000 miles. Officials say the new ambulances cost an estimated $190,000 per vehicle with an additional $100,000 in equipment.

The 3-350's feature a siren called the 'howler', which gives out a low frequency rumble. This is in addition to the current siren and activates a lower sound to notify drivers of an oncoming ambulance.

 

Kualakai Parkway reopened following oil spill

KAPOLEI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow)- Police officials closed the north-bound lanes of Kualakai Parkway due to an oil spill Saturday morning in the Kapolei area.

The roads were closed at approximately 5:19 a.m. from Kapolei Parkway to the H-1 Freeway. Officials say the oil was from a vehicle.

According to HPD roads were reopened around 9:50 a.m.

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First insurance charitable foundation donates more than $400,000

First insurance charitable foundation donates more than $400,000

Giving Increased by More Than $28,000 Compared With 2012

HONOLULU – The First Insurance Company of Hawaii (FICOH) Charitable Foundation donated more than $400,000 in 2013 to 75 local nonprofit organizations, compared to $372,000 in Foundation donations for 2012.

The 2013 beneficiaries included the University of Hawaii Foundation (including for the 55 by ’25 Campaign that aims to have 55% of working-age adults hold a two- or four-year degree by the year 2025), the Hawaii Community Foundation, Enterprise Honolulu, Japan-America Society of Hawaii, Teach for America, American Red Cross and Aloha United Way.

“We congratulate our many local nonprofits for continuing to strive for a better and stronger Hawaii, and are happy to do our part as a local company,” said FICOH CEO Allen Uyeda. “We look forward to helping more organizations carry out their missions in 2014.”

Local community groups can make their voices heard through Awareness Powered by Volta

Local community groups can make their voices heard through Awareness Powered by Volta

HONOLULUwww.VoltaCharging.com – Volta Industries (Volta) today announced the return of its corporate giving program, Awareness Powered by Volta, a community service outreach program specifically designed to help non-profit and community groups with building awareness by providing them free advertising space worth thousands of dollars on Volta’s electric vehicle (EV) charging station kiosks.

“We had a great response to the contest last year, and were able to provide both HUGS and Blue Planet with free ad space,” said Arden Penton, Director of Media and Operations.  “In fact, we ended up extending their free space from three months to eight months, for a total value of $25,000 in free ads. We want to help more community-based groups again this year, so we decided to run the contest again.”

First Insurance Company of Hawaii elects Stephanie Tokuhama vice president corporate underwriting

 First Insurance Company of Hawaii elects Stephanie Tokuhama vice president corporate underwriting

HONOLULU – First Insurance Company of Hawaii (FICOH) has elected Stephanie Tokuhama vice president of Corporate Underwriting. An insurance professional with more than 30 years of industry experience, Tokuhama oversees FICOH’s product development and new product and system training for FICOH’s independent agency network.

Tokuhama joined FICOH in 2004 as an underwriting manager and over the next 10 years has held several positions in FICOH’s Commercial Underwriting and Corporate Underwriting departments. In 2011, she was appointed assistant vice president of Corporate Underwriting. Prior to joining FICOH, she held positions at Hawaii Insurance Consultants, Sedgwick, and the State of Hawaii Department of Insurance.

Toyota Prius named Best-Value New Car

Toyota Prius named Best-Value New Car

HONOLULU Toyota Hawaii today announced the Toyota Prius has won top honor from Consumer Reports, which ranked America’s original hybrid as BEST VALUE for a new car, for a second year in a row.  Consumer Reports, a not-for-profit source of information that is neither influenced nor associated with any commercial interest, noted in its report, “…the (Honda) Civic costs more to own in the long run, and it can’t match the Prius’ combination of fuel efficiency, versatility, roominess, and outstanding reliability.”

Island Insurance Foundation pledges $50,000 in support of the Hokuele'a Worldwide Voyage

Island Insurance Foundation pledges $50,000 in support of the Hokuele'a Worldwide Voyage

The Island Insurance Foundation has pledged $50,000 to the Polynesian Voyaging Society in support of the voyaging canoe Hokule`a and its sister vessel Hikianalia’s Worldwide Voyage. The Island Insurance Foundation’s $50,000 pledge will entail a $10,000 donation for each of the five legs that comprise the Worldwide Voyage.

Recently, the Hokule`a and Hikianalia traveled together for the first time to complete the first of five legs, navigating 1,000 miles around the state. The final leg of the Worldwide Voyage is scheduled to be completed in 2017 with the entire journey taking both vessels 45,000 nautical miles, circumnavigating the Island Earth, with visits to more than 60 ports in more than 20 countries.