HAIP Holiday Luncheon – December 10, 2015

Aloha HAIP Members,

Please join us on Thursday, December 10th for the Annual HAIP Safety Essay Awards Meeting. This year’s essay topic is on Distracted Driving. Our program will feature a presentation of the winning essays and awards to the top four winners. Our guest speaker this year is Officer Nelson Omandam from the HPD Traffic Division/Traffic Safety Section. Please see the attached flyer for details. RSVP by December 3rd.

If you are able to help by making a donation of any kind to the gifts to be presented to the 4 winning students, please let Julie K Kirk know as soon as possible. Donations can be logo items from your company, gift cards, etc. Julie’s email address is jkirk. You can reach her at 341-7241.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and we’ll see you at the Plaza Club on December 10th!


IAIP Week Mahalo

Aloha HAIP Members!!

What a fantastic IAIP Week we had in Honolulu!!! Thank you to all who planned, coordinated, executed and attended!!! I certainly had a marvelous time at all the events!!! A very big mahalo nui loa to our fabulous Public Relations Co-Chairs Martha Nobriga and Ellen Mimori for their great contribution these past months leading up to this great fun-filled week!!! And a shout out to their IAIP Week Committee!!! You know that song…”It Ain’t No Big Thing Braddah”… well this was a VERY BIG thing, it takes a village to do all that was done!!! Thank you to each of you. It took a lot of time and effort, in addition to your paid jobs and personal lives. There was great attendance, fun and value felt by all who attended and participated. Job Well DONE! Our CE class was a super hit!! Many attendees! Thank you Linda Ipsen and Ann Pederson for organizing. And to Martha Nobriga & Connie Eder who were our teachas! Hana hou is what I say ladies!!! Our Pau Hana event was so much fun!! I had sore stomach laughing so much. The games were great!! Thanks Lance & Janice!!! Sure brought out the competitor in me! Everybody got into it and it was a great way for people to get to know each other. And what a well-attended Recognition & Awards Luncheon we had!! Fabulous program!!! Congratulations to our Member of the Year Debbie Chong and Rookie of the Year Ashley Houlihan!! Well deserved!! Alison Ueoka from Hawaii Insurers Council and Commissioner Gordon Ito both remarked that they did not realize how committed and engaged our association is in our industry and communities. BRAVO to all of YOU! IAIP Week Events are a big job for our Reservation Chair Marcia Kealohi and Treasurer John Hoshino so I want to shout a BIG THANK YOU to the two of you. It’s a big job, thank you, thank you! If I missed any names in particular, please forgive me. Please know how grateful I am for all of you and that I recognize your tremendous “all in” effort and contributions!!


Celebrating IAIP Week: May 17-23

We hope to see you at our IAIP Week Events!

Monday, May 184 CE – Professional Ethics Not Just for Agents
Instructors: Connie Eder & Martha Nobriga, DTRIC Insurance Companies
Location: Island Insurance Meeting Hall

Wednesday, May 20
Hump Day Celebration
Rijo Restaurant
Harbor Court, 3rd fl, 66 Queen St
4:00 – 6:30pm

Thursday, May 21
Awards & Recognition Luncheon
The Plaza Club

Rookie of the Year
Member of the Year
Corporate Partner of the Year
Hawaii – Regional Award Winners

NAIFA HI – 2 L&H CE Credits


(2 Life & Health Subject Credits)

Date: Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Time: 9:00 – 11:00 am

Place: Hawaii USA FCU

1227 College Walk

(parking space limited…entrance on Aala St)

Cost:$ 20.00 NAIFA Members & Non-Members

(registration/coffee/pastries from 8:30 am)

“Helping Business Owners Guard

Against the Threat of a Disability”

(CE Course # LC211584)


Eddie Sussmann

(President – Leading Edge Disability Center)

Our speaker, Eddie Sussmann, has been a prominent past speaker for

NAIFA Hawaii. Eddie has over 30 years experience in the specialized field

of disability income (DI) insurance. This course seeks to provide

insurance producers the basic knowledge and understanding of the

various business DI policies available to their clients. In addition

to providing a reliable and stable source of replacement income/funds

for an individual/business, this course takes it one step further by explaining

how DI business policies can also benefit business owners…

to assure their financial survival and stability.

To RSVP, contact

Cynthia Takenaka (e-mail: hayacyn)

(NAIFA Executive Administrator, ph. 394-3451)

HAHU CE Breakfast-3 Law CE Credits on 2/25/15!! Hurry! Special Discount for HAIP Members!

HAHU will give HAIP members a price of $50 for the class (this is a $10 discount from the non-HAHU member price).

Please find attached flier on….

HAHU’s (Hawaii Assn of Health Underwriters) Life & Health CE Credit Breakfast! (3 Life & Health LAW Credits)

Date: Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Time: 8:00 am to 11:00 am

(Breakfast served from 7:30 am)

Place: Hale Koa Hotel (DeRussy Ballroom – Lobby Level)

Our topic will be: “Recent Federal Regulations Affecting Employee Benefits” (Insurance Course # LC212215)

Speaker: John Garner, Chief Compliance Officer at Bolton Co. (www.boltonco.com )

John will bring us up to date on the latest happenings with Health Care Reform and its impact on Hawaii’s Prepaid Healthcare Act!

John will be covering the most recent Federal Legislation, Regulations, Court Cases, and updates on:

Healthcare Reform (Continued Legal Challenges), Exchanges, Preventive Services, Pay-or-Play Rules, Territories, Mental Health Parity, Individual Health Insurance Policies, Wellness Plans, Cost Sharing Limits, COBRA, Rating Rules, Waiting Periods, Summary of Benefits & Pricing, Reporting, Reference Based Pricing, Health Plan ID #’s, Cost of Living Adjustments, Social Security DI, Flexible Spending Accounts, Cafeteria Plan Elections, HI Tech Act Regulations, Same Sex Marriage, Other Court Cases

RSVP to Jimmy by Monday, February 23rd before noon

Contact Jimmy Lui-Kwan via Email (jluikwan@amghi.com), or call 522-8690

HAHU CE Breakfast 2-25-15.pdf

Save the Date – 74th IAIP Annual Convention

Save the Date – 74th Annual Convention
We are excited to officially announce the venue of the 74th Annual Convention will be the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bloomington – Minneapolis South. Save the dates: June 4-6, 2015!

Convention Survey Results
73rd Annual Convention attendees received a survey in June seeking input on their experience at the event. We are happy to report that the majority of the respondents were “very satisfied” in terms of the overall value of the Convention. The specific elements of the 2014 Convention that were rated as most valuable included the opening keynote speaker, closing keynote speaker, the topics of the courses/classes offered, and the ‘Building Careers” Recognition Luncheon. We look forward to another opportunity to offer these valued services (and more!) to you in 2015 in Minneapolis. See you there!

International Association of Insurance Professionals
8023 E. 63rd Place, Suite 540, Tulsa, OK 74133
Toll Free: 800-766-6249 Local: 918-294-3700 Fax: 918-294-3711
Website: www.internationalinsuranceprofessionals.org

Worker’s Compensation CE – sponsored by HAHU

We have another great CE class coming your way…

HAHU (Hawaii Assn of Health Underwriters)

in conjunction with

The Management Education Council (Managing Director, Jim Brewer)

will be co-hosting another excellent all-day seminar on


Featuring an Impressive Hawaii-Based Faculty!!

“Managing Workers Comp Claims In Hawaii… Solutions For 2014 & Beyond”

Location: Hale Koa Hotel (Waikiki Ballroom)

Date: Wednesday, July 30, 2014


Registration & Continental Breakfast: 6:45 am – 7:50 am

Speakers Agenda: 7:50 am – 4:10 pm

Approved For…

· 6 Property & Casualty Insurance CE Credits!!

(Insurance CE Course #PS211767)

· 6.25 Recertification Hours!!

HRCI Certification Institute (PHR, SPHR, GPHR)

Special Registration Rate for HAHU Members & Guests!!

Registration Fee:

(includes continental breakfast & lunch)

Individual……..$125 each

Group Fee…….$120 each

(A Group is 3 or more from the same company)

To Register for this all day class at our discounted rate, please follow these VERY IMPORTANT steps:

1. Go to http://www.execedu.net

2. Click on “Register Now”

3. Complete Registration Form and enter all Registrants, Including name, title & e-mail address

4. Scroll to “Total Amount”, Click on down+ arrow and click on HAHU Member Click Here to Be Invoiced

5. Scroll to “Proceed to Checkout”

6. Do nothing further – Just exit the website – Exiting will automatically email your registration form to

The Management Education Council which will send you a confirmation and a paper invoice or an online invoice – depending on your preferred form of payment.

Two more items to keep in mind:

– MEC will not be able to process credit card payments at the conference (so you must pay in advance).

– Cancellation Policy: Any Registrant who does not attend and fails to cancel their registration in advance of the conference, will be responsible for full payment. Registrants who paid by check and cancel at least 8 days in advance will receive a full refund. Registrants who pay by credit card and cancel at least 8 days in advance, will receive a refund – less a 3% credit card processing charge. Registrants who cancel less than 8 days in advance, will receive a refund of their registration fee less a $35 cancellation charge.

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, 7/23/14

Aloha & Mahalo!

Jimmy Lui-Kwan

HAHU Director

E-Mail: jluikwan

Changes, Challenges, Solutions…For 2014, the pressure is on to find innovative and cost-effective solutions to the ever-increasing costs of work-related injuries. Though workers’ comp claims have declined significantly in Hawaii, injuries that do occur are often more serious and more costly.

Recent statistics for non-fatal, occupational injuries & illnesses in Hawaii indicate a rate of 4.0 cases for every 100 workers – more than half of which required time-off (averaging 10 days) or job transfers or restrictions. The cost? Through 5/04/14 – the cost of 468 claims was more than $44 million, including compensation and medical costs.

Compacting that challenge, new legislation & case decisions affecting WC, ADA & FMLA will impact Hawaii employers from 2014 on. The plague of Musculoskeletal Disorders, which can occur on and off the job, present daunting challenges which, left unchecked, will cost an estimated eighty cents of every workers’comp dollar in Hawaii and untold millions in lost productivity.

In response to these challenges, Managing Workers’ Comp Claims in Hawaii presents this one-day, 6 session agenda focused on practical solutions and presented by a faculty of eminently qualified professionals – all of whom reside in Hawaii.

In This timely one-day conference, you’ll learn from a highly respected faculty…

check.jpg New Legislation & case decisions that will shape your WC, ADA & FMLA policies for 2014 & beyond
check How to prevent many of the MSDs that may average as much as $50k per injury, not including time off pay
check Cost containment strategies when injuries occur
check How to lower your MOD & reduce WC premiums and other costs
check Recent changes in Employee Leave laws and how to determine which applies when in HI – FMLA , ADA or both.
check Tools & strategies you can use in Employee Wellness to launch a new program or boost results from an existing one.
Register By 7/5/14 & Save $20!
Groups Of 3+ From The Same Company
Save $30 each5 Ways To Register:Online CLICK HERE

Email To: register@execedu.net

Fax To: (626) 330-3808

US Mail To:
The Management Education Council
13502 Whittier Blvd., Suite H-152,
Whittier CA 90605

Call Toll Free: (866) 811-9811

Your Hawaii-Based Faculty
Session #1 – 7:50am – 8:50am
“Workers’Comp & The Law: A Legal Update On Recent WC Legislation, Case Laws & Trends in WC Legal Actions”
Sylvia K. Higashi, Esq. –
Kessner Umebayashi Bain & Matsunaga – Honolulu, HISession # 2 – 9:10am – 10:10am
“Musculoskeletal Disorders – The 84% Challenge &
How To Prevent Them”
Dr. Francis Brewer, DC, WC/IME –
Brewer Consulting – Honolulu, HSession # 3 – 10:15am – 11:15am
“Critical Steps In Containing Outcomes &
Costs In Injured Worker Claims”
Kristy Kobayashi, Branch Manager –
Corvel Corp. – Honolulu, HI

11:15 – 12:55pm – Hosted Luncheon

Session # 4 – 1:00pm – 2:00pm
“3 Steps To A Lower MOD, Reduced Workers’ Comp Premiums & Self-Insured Costs”
Tracy L. Lawson, CSP, CHST, CSHP, President –
Lawson & Associates, Inc, – Mililani, HI
Sean Spencer, Asst. Vice President
King & Neel, Inc. – Honolulu, HI

Session # 5 – 2:05pm – 3:05pm
“FMLA & ADA – DECODED! How To Ensure Compliance and Avoid Law Suits”
Anna Elento-Sneed, Partner/Director –
Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing – Honolulu, HI

Session # 6 – 3:10pm – 4:10pm
“Employee Wellness: Tools You Can Use to Launch A New Program & Boost Results From An Existing Program”
Erica Kolcz, Wellness Program Administrator –
UHA Health – Honolulu, HI
Valerie Au, CWWPM, Manager, Worksite Wellness Programs –
UHA Health – Honolulu, HI


Who Should Attend…

Human Resources Professionals

Workers’ Comp Professionals

Employee Health & Safety Professionals

Risk & Safety Managers

Insurance Professionals

Employee Benefits Professionals

Senior Management

Company Owners

HAHU CE Breakfast – 2 CE Credits (1 L & H Subject + 1 Ethics/Law) – 7/23/14!!

Aloha, Gang!!

It’s time for another excellent presentation from none other than… Prudential

And yes…this course “rocks” for 2 CE Credits

(1 L&H Subject + 1 Ethics/Law Credit)

Please find attached flier on….

HAHU (Hawaii Assn of Health Underwriters)

Life & Health CE Credit Breakfast!

Date: Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Time: 8:00 to 10:30 am

(breakfast served from 7:30 am)

Place: Hale Koa Hotel
(Laulima Room -2nd Floor)

Our topics will include:
“FMLA” (Insurance Course # LC209025) & “Ethics” (Insurance Course # LC208814)

Our Speakers will be Julie Allen, Regional Sales Manager and Ann Ruddock, Group Sales Representative

Julie & Ann will enlighten us on:


s How does the Family Medical Leave Act impact absence management? s This course tells you what you need to know, and clears up misconceptions. s The rights of employers and employees are explained, as well as differences between FMLA and disability claim management.

Ethics – Do The Right Thing

s This course is designed to give you a thorough understanding of ethics, not just in insurance, but life in general. s Included are discussion and insights into professional insurance standards, regulatory guidance, and your responsibility to the public.


HAHU Member Cost $30. Non-Member $50.

(you may pay at the door; no-shows will be billed fee as shown above)

If you are interested in attending,

please e-mail your RSVP to our Program Manager, Patty Foley
Email: Patty.Foley
Or HAHU Director, Jimmy Lui-Kwan

Email: jluikwan@amghi.com

Aloha & Mahalo!

HAHU CE Breakfast – 7-23-14 – Ethics & FMLA!!.pdf

HAIP July 10th Meeting – Get Your Mojo! Presented by Cynthia Yamasaki

Aloha to all you Honolulu AWESOME Insurance Professionals!

What a wonderful way to kick off the new fiscal year. It will be a fun and energizing event! Remember it’s NO COST if you bring your own brown bag lunch. Or only $10 if you want to place an order from Great Harvest on our website. RSVP by July 3, 2014 (email rsvp).

Looking forward to seeing you all on July 10 at the Island Insurance Company Meeting Hall!!

Maria Carvalho
President – 2014-2015
Honolulu Association of Insurance Professionals
Website: www.haipro.org
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July 10, 2014 Get Your Mojo.pdf