Up From The Ashes

Kelli Abe Trifonovitch

Pacific LightNet’s Pacific Guardian Tower offices are humming. On this day, about a dozen employees from Brigham Young University’s Hawaii campus are wandering through. Pacific LightNet acquired BYU as a major customer in late 2001, ran fiber-optic lines to the Laie campus and is providing high-speed Internet and voice services. The two organizations are exploring Read the full article…

January 2002 , Technology
January, 2002

Hawaii’s Largest Insurance Companies

Jacy L. Youn

COMPANY / WEBSITE ADDRESS PHONE/FAX ’00 SALES (In $MIL) EMPLOYEES YEAR FOUNDED CHIEF EXECUTIVES INSURANCE OFFERED State Farm Insurance Cos. www.statefarm.com 1001 Bishop St. Pacific Tower Suite 770 Honolulu, HI 96813 523-1178/ 599-7796 158.4 120 1996 Joel Shibuya – Agency Field Ex. Dick Koenig – Agency Field Ex. Property and casualty, life and health First Read the full article…

Business Trends , January 2002
January, 2002

Uncharted Waters

Jacy L. Youn

As you are reading this, Gov. Benjamin Cayetano and the state’s legislators are being faced with what could possibly be their biggest balancing act since taking office. The immediate outlook for Hawaii is grim, with unemployment levels at nosebleed highs and visitor arrivals at nadir lows. Last November, the Council on Revenues forecasted a negative Read the full article…

Government , January 2002
January, 2002

Live… From The Surgery Room

Ronna Bolante

The rapidly growing industry of telemedicine has done more than save Hawaii’s medical sector hundreds of thousands of dollars. The use of telecommunications to treat residents, especially those in rural areas, has revolutionized how local patients receive healthcare. “Ideally, telemedicine can help overcome time and distance barriers that might prevent people from getting the care Read the full article…

Healthcare , January 2002 , Technology
January, 2002

Tourism Hit Hard

Kelli Abe Trifonovitch

While the tourism industry in 2001 wasn’t expecting to hit the nearly 7 million visitors of the previous year, neither did executives imagine a projected 7 percent to 8 percent decrease in numbers for the year, plus a couple of days of disrupted airline service. When suicide bombers drove jumbo jets through the World Trade Read the full article…

January 2002 , Tourism
January, 2002

Building Relationships

David K. Choo

When do you become a local? You would think that being in the islands for 20 years and being responsible for building some of the state’s most familiar structures would qualify. But some reputations are hard to shake. Just ask John Bley. “After two decades of doing business in Hawaii, we are still considered a Read the full article…

Construction , January 2002
January, 2002