Hawaii News

Crop Damage Assessment Underway in Hawaii

Farmers on the Big Island of Hawaii are assessing damage to crops after Tropical Storm Iselle made landfall last weekend. “It was pretty clear to us that the papaya farmers took the highest amount of damage,” Richard Ha, president of …

Fitch: Hawaii Storms Shouldn’t Hurt Cat Bonds

Insured losses stemming from two Hawaii hurricanes won’t break the bank, in large part because both storms diminished in intensity or avoided a direct hit. Fitch Ratings concluded in a review of the situation that outstanding catastrophe bonds including the …

Hurricane Julio Downgraded To Category 1 Storm As It Struck Hawaii

Hurricane Julio weakened Sunday night as it neared Hawaii, where a rural swath of the Big Island was still coping with power outages and downed trees in the wake of Tropical Storm Iselle. On the island of Kauai, rescuers found …

Hurricane Iselle Makes Beeline for Hawaii

Hurricane Iselle, which has been tracking toward Hawaii since last week, is projected to make landfall on the Big Island of Hawaii Thursday night local time, according the catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide. Iselle has weakened to a Category 1 …

Allstate Seeks Agents in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska and Hawaii

Allstate Insurance Co. plans to add several local agency owners in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska and Hawaii in 2014. Allstate’s plan is to recruit 51 new exclusive agents, 13 financial specialists and the company expects agency owners will be looking to add 102 sales producers. “Allstate is …

Insurer Says OK to Settlement in Wrongful Death Suit Against Hawaii Driver

A $1.1 million settlement has been reached in a wrongful death lawsuit involving the death of a 26-year-old pedestrian. The settlement came in a civil lawsuit against Robert Wayne Yount, 83, and the civil case will be dismissed, The Garden …

USDA Extends California Salmonella Chicken Recall to Bases

Federal regulators widened the recall of salmonella-tainted chicken produced by California-based Foster Farms to include products believed to have been send to military bases in five states to feed personnel and their families, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture on …

FirstComp Launches Small Business BOP Product in Hawaii

FirstComp, a division of Markel Service, Inc., has launched a new small business owner policy, FirstComp EssentialBOP, for FirstComp-appointed independent agents writing business in Hawaii. The BOP product is also available in Arkansas, California, Michigan, Nebraska, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, …

Worker Settles Lawsuit Over Facebook Page With Maui

Maui County in Hawaii is settling a federal lawsuit that alleged unconstitutional interference with a Facebook page. Settlement terms include the county paying $25,000 in attorneys’ fees and damages and re-writing its anti-harassment policy, the American Civil Liberties Union of …

Tsunami Advisory In Effect for Hawaii from Chile Quake

U.S. officials say they’ve found no imminent threat of a tsunami along the coasts of Hawaii, Alaska, California, Oregon or Washington after a major earthquake near Chile. Paul Whitmore, the director of the National Weather Service’s West Coast and Alaska …