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July 21, 2014 - 12:05am

— Movers &Shakers —

Petrill named chief financial officer at HPA

Dan Petrill has been named chief financial officer at Hawaii Preparatory Academy. Headmaster Lindsay Barnes made the announcement.

Petrill who is the school’s controller, will step into his new role at the school Sept. 1. He replaces Robert McKendry who recently was named HPA’s head of school, effective July 1, 2015. McKendry will transition to his head of school-elect position Sept. 1.

Petrill joined HPA in 2010. He has a wide range of accounting experience on Hawaii Island, including controller positions at Hawaiian Abalone Farms and MacFarms of Hawaii. He previously was chief financial officer and co-owner of Hamakua Macadamia Nut Co.

Island Insurance Co. ranked among top 50 in the nation

Island Insurance Co., Ltd. has been recognized as one of the top 50 property and casualty insurance companies in the nation by the Ward Group for the seventh consecutive year. The Ward Top 50 recognition places Island Insurance within the top 2 percent 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 seven consecutive years.

Ward Group is a consulting firm specializing in the insurance industry, and is the leading provider of industry benchmarking and best practices services. Each year, the company analyzes the financial performance of more than 3,000 property and casualty insurance companies domiciled in the United States and identifies the top performers.

Island Air brings back frequent flier program

Flying interisland just got easier with Island Miles. Island Air is reintroducing its frequent flier program, formerly known as Cloud 9, as Island Miles. This customer rewards program is a simple and fast way to manage and achieve free flights.

Membership with Island Miles allows Island Air customers to earn miles for every trip traveled on Island Air, which can be booked and redeemed online. A free one-way ticket is earned after nine paid flights or reaching 4,500 miles. Members have the convenience of online access to their account to make purchases or use Island Miles for anyone the member chooses.

To become a member, visit Membership is free, certain restrictions apply.

Hotel supports United Way

King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel general manager Jak Hu has created a unique partnership with Hawaii Island United Way. The Hoola Ohana: Building A Healthy Community Program is inspired by Hotels That Care, a program available in many mainland states. Guests are given the opportunity to add a nominal fee to their bill that is then donated to Hawaii Island United Way.

Hawaii Island United Way is a volunteer-driven organization that supports community efforts that improve lives and create positive, long-term social change on Hawaii Island. For more information, or to make a donation, visit Hawaii Island United Way’s website at

Asset protection strategies seminar is Saturday

Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union will host a free educational seminar on asset protection strategies to be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the John Y. Iwane Credit Union Center Training Room at its Kaloko facility.

The seminar will be presented by estate planning attorney Ethan Okura of Okura &Associates.

The seminar will cover topics that include: how to protect your family from lawsuits, divorce, and other threats; learn the difference between inside and outside liabilities; learn the difference between corporations, LLCs and liability business entities; and Hawaii’s new asset protection trust law.

To register for this free seminar or for more information, contact the credit union call center at 930-7700 or Seating is limited.

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