Hawaiʻi’s Top Employers Profiles 2018

Employees have spoken in the 2018 Best Places to Work Survey. Read on to find out where they work and why they love their jobs.

Island Insurance

Front row, left to right: Jason Shimada, Mari Tsukayama, Travis Tanaka, Tess Untalan, John Schapperle, Leilani Oamil, Brent Iwasaki; Back row, left to right: Stephen Parker, Walter Malterre, Jackilu Agduyeng, Juden Nako, Deborah Robinson

For over 75 years, Island Insurance has provided creative and affordable insurance solutions to Hawaii’s families and businesses. Fueled by an enduring commitment to customers and communities, Island has become the state’s largest locally-owned property and casualty (P&C) insurer and partners with NFL quarterback and customer Marcus Mariota, who shares the company’s local roots and values.

Reaching 12 years as one of Hawaii’s Best Places to Work, Island also marked 10 years as one of the Ward Group’s Top 50 insurers in the nation and earned the Demotech STAR™ Award presented to the top 1.1% of insurers that achieve both financial success and stakeholder satisfaction. John Schapperle, President and Chief Executive Officer, reflects upon 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 consistently strive to cultivate a corporate culture that is rewarding for everyone.”

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

“Our company truly values continuing education and individual growth,” 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 designation.”

Additionally, the company looks to the future with its P&C Internship Program. “Island’s internship program is the first of its kind in Hawaii, encourages careers in insurance, and develops future leaders in our industry,” says Schapperle. “Our enduring investment in employees includes an emphasis on formal training as well as creating an uplifting and enriching environment.”

The company regularly holds events where employees are treated to activities like costume contests, casino games, bowling, karaoke and ice cream socials. Island supports 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 subsidizing monthly healthy lunch alternatives and offering fitness classes.

Lastly, Island encourages and highlights employee achievement with service 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.”


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

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