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You Are What You Surf

Timothy Schuler

Last fall, Cliff Kapono could be found surfing waves off the coasts of Ireland, Spain, Britain and Morocco. After a brief stop home in Hilo this January, he planned to head south to Chile and then west to Indonesia. Kapono’s global itinerary isn’t your typical surf trip: it’s part of the Surfer Biome Project, a Read the full article…

A scene from one of their latest commercials. Courtesy of HEMIC

HEMIC’s Gamechanger

Tiffany Hill

HEMIC helped transform Hawaii’s workers’ comp system.  Today, it puts safety first for its clients, who are also its owners. Jason Yoshimi remembers starting work 20 years ago for the newly founded Hawaii Employers’ Mutual Insurance Co., better known as HEMIC. It had only about six employees then and the company was renting a cramped Read the full article…

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Water Warning

Noelle Fujii

Most people are smart enough to stay out of the ocean when signs warn about bacteria in the water. The problem is we don’t always get that warning, or get it quickly enough, because Hawaii has 303 miles of recreational shoreline and only six state inspectors testing for bacteria. The good news is that volunteers Read the full article…