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First Insurance's Community Support in 2017 Topped $700,000 and 2,000 Volunteer Hours


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

More than 100 community nonprofit organizations and projects benefited in 2017 from financial contributions from First Insurance Company of Hawaii (FICOH) and through volunteer hours donated by its employees. First Insuranceʻs philanthrophic donations last year surpassed $700,000 and its employees’ volunteer hours exceeded 2,000 hours.

Among the organizations receiving financial donations were: the American Red Cross, American Heart Association, Aloha United Way, Easter Seals, the Hawaii Foodbank, Make a Wish, the Honolulu Museum of Art and The Salvation Army. The First Community Action Team (known as First CAT) volunteered their time for the Institute for Human Services, American Red Cross of Hawaii, Special Olympics, and Hawaii Meals on Wheels (HMoW), to name a few. 

During the past 11 years, FICOH employees have been volunteering their lunch breaks to deliver meals for HMoW every Thursday and Friday, which amounts to approximately 800 meals delivered by FICOH employees per year. FICOH is currently conducting a “Malama Our Kupuna” campaign on its Facebook page to benefit HMoW. The campaign’s goal is to raise $20,000 (or enough funds to sponsor 1,250 meals for homebound seniors on Oahu) by September 20, 2018. To unlock a $10 donation from FICOH to HMoW, go to

“Contributing to our community is part of our business philosophy ‘To Be a Good Company,’” said Jeff Shonka, FICOH President and CEO. “It’s our mission to support local organizations that strive to improve Hawaii's future.”

To learn more about FICOH and the FICOH Charitable Foundation’s yearly donations, visit

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 $659.0 million, liabilities of $377.5 million, and policyholders’ surplus of $281.5 million as of December 31, 2017.First Insurance, a member of the Tokio Marine North America (TMNA) group of companies, enjoys an “A+” rating from A.M. Best Co. and has been named to the Ward’s 50 list of top-performing property and casualty insurance companies for nine consecutive years. Proud of its broadly experienced, service-oriented staff, First Insurance employs more than 300 insurance professionals and distributes its products through 26 independent general agencies. First Insurance was named Best Large Business by Pacific Business News in 2017 and was awarded the American Heart Association’s Workplace Health Silver Achievement for 2017.

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