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Kaneohe man to compete in season finale of ‘Top Hooker'

KANEOHE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow)- An Oahu master fisherman turned reality star is close to winning a big cash prize.

Chris Wright has outlasted eight other contestants in the reality fishing show "Top Hooker." Over the last several episodes, the Kaneohe man has had to complete a variety of challenges including catching goldfish with his mouth and reeling in a fish using another fish as bait.

Now, it's down to Wright and one other competitor in Sunday's season finale. If crowned "Top Hooker," Wright will collect a $30,000 cash prize and a new Chevy truck.

The finale airs this Sunday on Animal Planet at 4 p.m.

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HONOLULU – First Insurance Company of Hawaii (FICOH) has been named to the 2013 Ward’s 50 group of top-performing property and casualty insurance companies. This is the fifth consecutive year that FICOH has earned this distinction.

FICOH’s being named to the 2013 Ward’s 50 list comes after the upgrade of FICOH’s Financial Strength Rating (FSR) by A.M. Best earlier this year. Rated “A+” (superior), FICOH currently has the highest FSR among property and casualty insurance carriers based in Hawaii.

The Ward Group, a leader of benchmarking and best practices services for the insurance industry, analyzes more than 3,000 property and casualty companies in the United States each year and lists the top companies as the “Ward’s 50.” The 2013 Ward’s 50 list recognizes companies that have achieved outstanding financial results in the areas of safety, consistency and performance over the preceding five-year period (2008 to 2012).

Island Insurance named Top 50 Property and Casualty Insurer in the nation

 Island Insurance named Top 50 Property and Casualty Insurer in the nation

Island Insurance Company, Ltd., the State’s largest locally-owned Property and Casualty insurance carrier, has been recognized as one of the Top 50 Property and Casualty insurance companies in the nation by the Ward Group for the sixth consecutive year.  The Ward Top 50 recognition places Island Insurance within the top 2% of the leading Property and Casualty insurers in the nation.  Island Insurance is the first Hawaii-based Property and Casualty insurance company to achieve the Top 50 recognition and the only to be recognized for six consecutive years.

Combating burglaries and mail theft in Windward Oahu

KANEOHE (HawaiiNewsNow)- Windward Oahu families are fed up with increasing crime, including burglaries, car break-ins and stolen mail. The problem was the hot topic at a town hall meeting in Kaneohe on Tuesday night.

Kahaluu resident Eric Merkel carefully monitors his mail. Four homes on his street have had letters stolen in the last two weeks. A couple of days ago he also saw a driver rummaging through mailboxes on nearby Waihee Road.

"I've seen someone driving up on the driver's side across the road into oncoming traffic, stop, pull letters out of the mailbox, look through them, then put them back in, then drive on to another mailbox," said Merkel.

The neighborhood faced a similar situation about three years ago. That's when long-time resident Jacob Ferreira Jr. bought a secured mailbox and helped start a community watch program.

Kaneohe principal receives national honor

KANEOHE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow)- A Hawaii educator has received a high honor. Sheena Alaiasa, principal at King Intermediate School, has been named one of three finalists for the national middle school principal of the year.

Alaiasa is credited with turning test scores around at the Kaneohe school once nicknamed the "King Zoo" because many students there were often disruptive.

As a finalist in the national competition, Alaiasa earned a $1,500 grant for King Intermediate School. If she takes the top honor, the school will collect another $3,500.

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Fighter jets to increase noise over windward Oahu

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KANEOHE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow)- Marine Corps Base Hawaii announced on Monday that 12 F/A-18 Hornet aircraft will be temporarily based in Kaneohe Bay throughout July while supporting pre-deployment training on the Big Island.

The 12 jets will arrive July 9 and are scheduled to depart early August.

Windward residents can anticipate increased aircraft activity due to day and night operations, which are scheduled to end at 11 p.m. daily. Maintenance may continue throughout early-morning hours to ensure aircraft readiness and safety.

The aircraft, pilots and crewmen, assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 112 in Fort Worth, Texas, will support Marines of 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment and 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment during Exercise Lava Viper at Pohakuloa Training Area.

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Ten local Red Cross volunteers head to Arizona for disaster relief

Ten local Red Cross volunteers head to Arizona for disaster relief

Hawai`i Red Cross volunteers will share their aloha to those affected by the Arizona wildfires.

19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots were killed battling the blaze that left many without basic necessities.

Three Hawai`i Red Cross nurses left yesterday for Arizona and seven additional volunteers will be leaving this week - from Maui, O`ahu and the Big Island.

"Not only do we want to give our aloha and reach out to these poor people that are suffering so tremendously but when they come back, they're going to have experience in order to help Hawai`i be stronger for when we get hit by a disaster," American Red Cross Hawai`i State Chapter CEO Coralie Matayoshi said.