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Servco Announces New Digital Marketing Hires:Austin Johnson and Alexis Dominic Javier

Servco Announces New Digital Marketing Hires:Austin Johnson and Alexis Dominic Javier

HONOLULU – Servco Pacific Inc. (Servco) today announced it has hired two new people in its marketing department:  Alexis Dominic Javier and Austin Johnson.

Javier has been hired as a Digital Senior Marketing Specialist whose duties consist of planning and assisting with marketing strategies, digital campaigns, researching new opportunities, web content management, generating mid- and end- campaign reports and analysis to gauge the effectiveness of online marketing.  Prior to joining Servco, Javier served as the Marketing Services Supervisor at Edward Enterprises Inc. coordinating and planning cross-media campaigns, data tracking, reporting and analysis, email marketing, personalized URL’s, and storefront management. Javier, a graduate of Lanai High School graduated with a BA in Communications from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and earned an MBA from Chaminade University of Honolulu. 

First Insurance Company Of Hawaii Issues Claim Reporting Contacts & Guidelines

HONOLULU – With the approach of Hurricanes Iselle and Julio toward Hawaii, First Insurance Company of Hawaii (FICOH) has dispatched additional catastrophe adjusters from the mainland and arranged for catastrophe call center operators to be available over the weekend to take claims.

Claims may be reported via the following numbers:

Storm-related claims:

Catastrophe call center: 1-888-FICOH 4 U (1-888-342-6448)

All other claims:

Oahu: (808) 527-7711

Neighbor Islands toll free: (800) 272-5202

Fax: (808) 545-3120

Oahu Publications, Inc. Reorganizes Management Team

Oahu Publications, Inc. Reorganizes Management Team

Executives promoted to maximize talent and industry experience

HONOLULU – Oahu Publications, Inc. (OPI) today announced that Dave Kennedy, senior vice president/marketing, was named chief revenue officer of OPI and the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Kennedy’s promotion comes weeks after Glenn Zuehls was named the publisher of San Francisco Media Co., which produces the San Francisco Examiner, SF Weekly and the San Francisco Bay Guardian. San Francisco Media Co. is owned by OPI, the parent company of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Zuehls had been OPI’s senior vice president/advertising. Both Zuehls and Kennedy played pivotal roles in the 2010 merging of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin and The Honolulu Advertiser and are credited with the steady growth of the Star-Advertiser since the merger.

Kamalapua O Koolau awarded $20K toward youth education in Windward school district

Kamalapua O Koolau awarded $20K toward youth education in Windward school district


By: Taylor Preza

The Harold K.L. Castle Foundation awarded a $20,000 grant to Kamalapua O Koolau, the Windward District's preschool-through-third-grade collaboration this month. 

The funds will go toward planning, developing, writing and applying for a $40 million preschool-development federal grant to support early learning initiatives.

If the federal grant is secured through the combined efforts of the state Executive Office on Early Learning and the Windward District's Kamalapua O Koolau, an award of $10 million will be distributed per year for four years. 

According to the project and district P-3 coordinator Phyllis Ida, of the $10 million, the Windward district would receive about $4 million annually.

Kamalapua O Koolau is made up of Windward-area families, early childhood organizations and kindergarten programs. 

Ka 'Ohana student newspaper excels in national competition

Ka 'Ohana student newspaper excels in national competition

Windward Community College’s student newspaper, Ka ‘Ohana (the family), has garnered another first place national award from the American Scholastic Press Association. The newspaper has ranked among the top winners in the ASPA competition for the past 19 years.

Ka ‘Ohana scored 930 out of 1,000 possible points for the first place category and was recognized by the judges as “an excellent school newspaper, which shows the creativity and journalistic knowledge of your staff.” The competition recognizes excellence and provides feedback in content, page design, general plan, art, editing and creativity.

First Insurance Charitable Foundation Donations Exceed $150,000 In First Half Of 2014

HONOLULU – The First Insurance Company of Hawaii (FICOH) Charitable Foundation donated more than $150,000 between January and June 2014 to 38 local nonprofit organizations, including the University of Hawaii Foundation, American Red Cross, American Diabetes Association, Honolulu Museum of Art, Sustain Hawaii and others.

“We are proud to support our local nonprofit organizations and do what we can to help strengthen Hawaii for future generations,” said Allen Uyeda, FICOH CEO, who is retiring at the end of July. “FICOH’s philosophy has always been to support Hawaii’s long-term social and economic future through community leadership, volunteer service, and charitable contributions.”

The 2014 donations to date total $150,315 and support a variety of nonprofits in Hawaii, including organizations focused on education, health and social services, and economic development.

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.