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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.

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Island Insurance the only Hawaii-based firm named a Top 50 P&C insurer for seven consecutive years

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 seventh 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 seven consecutive years.

Attend a Daytime Sun-Viewing Event at Waimea Library on July 10

Attend a Daytime Sun-Viewing Event at Waimea Library on July 10

In celebration of the 2014 HSPLS Children’s Summer Reading Program, the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy will present a free “Daytime Sun- Viewing Event” at the Waimea Public Library (Kauai) on Thursday, July 10 at 2 p.m.

Astronomers Jason Chu and Laurie Urban of the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy will provide an introduction and information about the Sun.  Participants can view the Sun through specially-filtered binoculars and telescopes and see sunspots, filaments and flares (if there are any that day). 

The 45-minute presentation is suitable for all ages and will include a question-and-answer session.  Young children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.        

Contact the Library as soon as possible if a sign language interpreter or other special accommodation is needed.  This event is subject to change.

2014 Aloha Festivals Celebrates Hōkūle‘a’s Worldwide Voyage

HONOLULU – The 2014 Aloha Festivals theme, “Maluhia Honua – World Peace With Aloha,” celebrates the worldwide voyage of the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s Hōkūle‘a and its mission to promote world peace. Aloha Festivals, one of Hawai‘i’s most highly regarded and oldest cultural celebrations is now in its 68th year. This year, the festival takes place from September 6 to 27 at various locations on O‘ahu, sharing the history and traditions of Hawai‘i and the unique spirit of aloha with both kamaʻāina (local residents) and malihini (visitors).

“This year, we honor the round-the-world voyage of the Hōkūle‘a, which encourages people to spread awareness of world peace,” said Helene “Sam” Shenkus, co-chair of the Aloha Festivals’ board of directors. “We invite the community to take part in Aloha Festivals’ celebration of Hawai‘i’s cultural heritage, aloha and Island traditions.”

County Receives Award For Interpretive Signs Along Coastal Path

County Receives Award For Interpretive Signs Along Coastal Path

WAILUA – The County of Kaua‘i recently received a Preservation Honor Award from the Historic Hawai‘i Foundation for its series of interpretive signs that are placed along Ke Ala Hele Makalae, the Path that Goes by the Coast. The series is called the Puna Moku Coastal Trail Heritage Signage.

Pat Griffin, president of the Līhu‘e Business Association, nominated the project for the award.

“We are honored to be recognized for our efforts to promote the preservation and appreciation of the area’s cultural heritage,” said Mayor Bernard Carvalho, Jr. “A big mahalo goes to everyone who’s been involved in this project over the years, including: Calvin Miyahara with KSF Inc.; Doug Haigh, Kaua‘i County Building Division chief; Jim Powell and Michael Dega, Scientific Consultant Services, Inc.; Stan Duncan, PBR Hawai‘i and Associates, Inc. and Tommy Noyes, Kauai Path, Inc.

First Insurance Company Of Hawaii Offers Free Keiki Car-Seat Safety Checks To The Public

First Insurance Company Of Hawaii Offers Free Keiki Car-Seat Safety Checks To The Public

HONOLULU – As part of its commitment to keeping Hawaii’s keiki safe, First Insurance Company of Hawaii (FICOH) is continuing its free car-seat safety inspections this Friday, June 27, and the fourth Friday of every following month this year. The inspections, which are being offered to all members of the public, are performed by certified car-seat technicians from FICOH’s Claims and Risk & Safety Management staff. 



Free keiki car-seat safety checks


Upcoming dates:

Fridays, June 27, July 25 and August 22; half-hour appointments available between 10 a.m. and 12 noon.



Diamond Head Theatre Announces 100th Anniversary Season

HONOLULU – Diamond Head Theatre (DHT) is pleased to announce the 100th Anniversary season.  Curtains will open on Sept. 26 with the DHT debut of Mary Poppins. The six-show season will run through August 2015.

“We are excited to kick off our 100th Anniversary season with Mary Poppins, the first time the much-loved musical will be performed on our stage,” said John Rampage, DHT artistic director. “We want to thank our community, friends and families for the tremendous support we’ve gotten. We look forward to celebrating this momentous year with a lineup of iconic shows that will have something for everyone.