Front row, left to right: Ryan Kawamoto, Randy Suan, Teri Fabry, Nova Kim, John Schapperle, Dawn Hirano, Kristen Watabu. Back row, left to right: Jeff Dailly, Cindy Ucol, Sean Buza, Ramy Ng, Patrick Ajirogi.

Island Insurance

April, 2015

15-April-Island-Insurance-01For 75 years, Island Insurance has fulfilled the insurance needs of Hawaii, providing creative and affordable insurance solutions for local families and businesses. This continued commitment to customers has led Island to become the largest locally-owned property and casualty (P&C) insurance company in the state.

Currently in its ninth year as one of Hawaii’s Best Places to Work, Island has again been distinguished as one of the Top 50 P&C insurance companies in the nation by the Ward Group for the seventh consecutive year. John Schapperle, President and Chief Executive Officer, reflects upon the reasons for Island’s growing national recognition.

“To be regarded as one of the nation’s top performing companies is the culmination of the hard work and dedication of each employee,” says Schapperle. “We are fortunate to have a talented work force and we consistently strive to cultivate a corporate culture that is rewarding for everyone.”

The company’s consistent focus on creating a positive work environment, empowering employees, rewarding initiative and promoting professional growth have yielded impressive results.

“Continuing education is part of our culture,” says Schapperle. “We support employees interested in expanding their industry knowledge and skills, and currently have the highest percentage of employees who hold the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation.”

Additionally, the company looks to the future with its P&C Internship Program. “Our internship program is the first of its kind in Hawaii and is designed to encourage careers in insurance and build future leaders in our industry,” says Schapperle. “I am convinced that the innovation, creativity and leadership of our employees are largely responsible for Island’s PBN Business Leadership Hawaii Award in the large business category.”

But it’s not all work and no fun. The company regularly holds events where employees are treated to fun activities such as costume contests, casino games, bowling, karaoke, and ice cream socials. Island also encourages community involvement by hosting and participating in events like the annual Halloween trick-or-treat festivities at Kapiolani Medical Center, and promotes healthy lifestyles by offering weekly Zumba and Body Sculpting fitness classes.

Lastly, Island offers an array of programs to highlight employee achievement such as service and attendance awards, merits of achievement, customer service week celebrations, and leadership development opportunities.

“Recognition and appreciation programs are part of our culture,” says Schapperle.  “We are constantly building an engaging corporate culture that will attract and retain the most talented employees.”






1022 Bethel Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 564-8200

Related Stories

On Newsstands Now
HB September 2016


Hawaii Business magazine