Island Insurance and Atlas Insurance Foundations gift UH West Oahu

Support for innovative new program

University of Hawaiʻi-West Oʻahu
Margot Schrire, (808) 956-6774
University of Hawai‘i Foundation
Ryan M Mielke, (808) 454-4750
Chancellor's Office
Posted: Feb 16, 2011

HONOLULU — Local insurance firms Island Insurance and Atlas Insurance have teamed up to make a $15,000 gift to support University of Hawai‘i–West O‘ahu's Certificate in Insurance and Risk Management Program. Their gift will support the operations and staff of this new program designed to meet the national growing need for skilled insurance professionals.
“We are proud to support the development of this ground-breaking educational program,” said Tyler Tokioka, president of the Island Insurance and Atlas Insurance Foundations. “It is important not only to our industry but the community as well that we develop the solid foundation needed to cultivate a skilled and talented workforce.”
The Certificate in Insurance and Risk Management provides training in risk management, personal and commercial insurance and prepares students for the licensure examination.
"We are very excited about our growing partnership with Hawai‘i’s insurance and risk management industry,” said Gene Awakuni, chancellor, UH West O‘ahu. “Despite placement rates close to 100 percent, the annual yield of graduates from the nation’s risk management and insurance programs meets only 10 to 15 percent of industry needs. UH West O‘ahu is committed to providing an education that will help our students find meaningful work within high-demand industries. Our students will be prepared to fulfill the needs of the industry for qualified professionals.”
For more information on how you can support UH West O‘ahu please contact Mariko Miho at (808) 956-7983 or You can also make a gift online at
The Island Insurance Foundation was established by the Island Insurance Company, Ltd., Hawai‘i’s largest locally owned and managed insurance carrier. Founded in downtown Honolulu in 1939, Island Insurance has been serving Hawai‘i’s families and businesses for over 70 years and is the only Hawaii-Based company to be recognized as one of the Top 50 property & casualty insurance companies in the nation by the Ward Group for three consecutive years. Island Insurance has earned financial strength ratings of “A” (Excellent) from A.M. Best Company and an “A” (Strong) rating from Fitch Ratings. For more information, visit its website at:
The Atlas Insurance Foundation was established by Atlas Insurance Agency, Inc. With roots dating back to 1929, Atlas Insurance Agency, Inc. is Hawai‘i’s largest insurance agency, offering a full range of personal and commercial insurance and financial protection products and services. Today, Atlas has offices in Honolulu, on the Island of Hawai‘i in Hilo and Kona, and on the Island of Maui in Wailuku. For more information, visit its website at
The University of Hawai‘i Foundation, a nonprofit organization, raises private funds to support the University of Hawai‘i System. Our mission is to unite our donors’ passions with the University of Hawai‘i’s aspirations to benefit the people of Hawai‘i and beyond. We do this by raising private philanthropic support, managing private investments and nurturing donor and alumni relationships.
University of Hawai‘i–West O‘ahu became a four-year, comprehensive university when it served its first class of freshmen in fall 2007. The University offers quality education, small classes and personalized attention at convenient locations. UH West O‘ahu has begun construction of a state-of-the art, new campus in the City of Kapolei. For more information, visit, or call 454-4700 or toll-free (866) 299-8656.