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First Insurance Company of Hawaii Earns Gold in Workplace Health Achievement Index


Kaela Wasnich, Sr. Corporate Communications Specialist
First Insurance Co. of Hawaii
(808) 527-7388

HONOLULU – For the second consecutive year, First Insurance Company of Hawaii (FICOH) has been awarded the highest level of achievement – gold level status – in the American Heart Association’s (AHA) 2019 Workplace Health Achievement Index.

The index uses science-based best practices to evaluate the overall quality and comprehensiveness of companies’ workplace health programs. A unique feature of the Index is that it calculates an average heart health score for employees of participating companies that securely submit aggregate health data.

FICOH’s wellness program includes an online health management system in which associates can earn cash rewards by participating in activities; annual biometric and health risk assessments that provide associates with individual reports on their overall well-being and health; and wellness events organized by an employee committee. For the past several years, the company also has offered a weight loss competition.

“Our program stems from the recognition that wellness and work-life balance are essential to creating a happy and productive workplace where associates are energized to do their best work,” says Jeff Shonka, FICOH’s President and CEO.

FICOH is one of three companies in Hawaii to receive gold recognition this year. Benchmarking reports allow them to identify potential areas of improvement so they can advance their annual performance and recognition in the Index and help their workforce move toward optimal heart health.

About First Insurance Company of Hawaii

Founded in 1911, First Insurance Company of Hawaii, Ltd. is the oldest and largest property and casualty insurer domiciled in Hawaii, with assets of $667.8 million, liabilities of $387.6 million, and policyholders’ surplus of $280.1 million as of December 31, 2018.

First Insurance, a member of the Tokio Marine North America (TMNA) group of companies, enjoys an “A+” rating from A.M. Best Co.

Proud of its broadly experienced, service-oriented staff, First Insurance employs more than 350 insurance professionals and distributes its products through 26 independent general agencies. First Insurance was named 2018 Kupuna Advocate of the Year by Hawaii Meals on Wheels (HMOW) for its exemplary support of HMOW and other organizations that serve seniors. It was also awarded the American Heart Association’s Workplace Health Gold Achievement for 2018.

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About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit or call any of our offices around the country.

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