UAH donates more than $11,000 to UHWO Risk Management and Insurance program

University of Hawaiʻi-West Oʻahu
Julie Funasaki Yuen, (808) 689-2604
Public Info Officer, Communications Department
Posted: Sep 4, 2014

The Underwriters Association of Hawai‘i (UAH) donated $11,375 to the University of Hawaiʻi – West O‘ahu Risk Management and Insurance certificate program at the organization’s annual charitable golf tournament on July 25 at the Hoakalei Country Club in Ewa Beach. Platinum sponsor participating insurance companies and agencies including

  • Atlas Insurance Agency
  • DTRIC Insurance Group
  • First Insurance Company of Hawai‘i, Ltd.
  • Hawaiian Insurance & Guaranty Co.
  • Hawaiʻi Independent Insurance Agents Association
  • Island Insurance Co.
  • RPS/Triad
  • Zephyr Insurance Co.

and other gold and silver level sponsors donated $10,000 from the tournament and an additional $1,375 from its post-tournament banquet activities. The donation will be used for student scholarships and program development. The Risk Management and Insurance certificate program at UH West O‘ahu provides training for risk management, personal and commercial insurance professionals and prepares students for licensure examination.

“We are truly grateful for the continued support from the Underwriters Association of Hawaiʻi that allows UH West Oʻahu to offer scholarships to our Risk Management and Insurance students,” said UH West O‘ahu Chancellor, Rockne Freitas. “As the only University in the state to offer a Risk Management and Insurance certificate program, together with our insurance industry partners, UH West Oʻahu prepares students to pursue insurance careers that are in high demand locally and nationally.”

 “We are thrilled to be able to continue to support UHWO’s Insurance Program,” said UAH President, Chris Laniauskas. “UAH is very thankful for the hundreds of volunteers and scores of sponsors who all contributed to making this year’s event a success.”

“On behalf of the Hawai‘i Independent Insurance Agents Association (HIIA), I am extremely gratified that UAH has joined our industry together to support UH West Oʻahu’s Risk Management and Insurance Certificate program,” said HIIA President, Jim Cavanah. “A healthy insurance industry is vital to economic growth in Hawaiʻi. UHWO’s education and development of future insurance leaders is of the utmost importance for Hawaiʻi. HIIA is thankful for the efforts of UAH to create a successful event for UHWO and raise funds for this valuable insurance program.”

UH West O‘ahu is the only university in the state to offer a Certificate in Risk Management and Insurance. The certificate program was created in partnership with Hawai‘i’s risk management and insurance industry to meet the increasing demand for qualified insurance professionals, and develop the skilled professionals needed in a field that offers high starting salaries, job stability, impressive opportunities for future career growth, and a balanced lifestyle.

The Risk Management and Insurance certificate program at UH West O‘ahu is made possible by generous donations from Hawai‘i’s insurance industry including the Atlas Insurance Foundation, Dongbu Insurance, Farmers Insurance, Island Insurance, Fairmont Specialty, DTRIC Insurance, HEMIC, First Insurance Company of HI, Ltd., RPS/Triad, Zephyr Insurance, RIMS Organization and the Hawai‘i Independent Insurance Agents Association.
The Risk Management and Insurance certificate is one of many offered by UH West O‘ahu in addition to the University’s more than 25 bachelor’s degree programs. Other certificate programs include Health Care Administration, Environmental Studies, Applied Forensic Anthropology, Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management, Substance Abuse and Addictions Studies, and Democratic Principles and Social Justice. For more information, call (808) 689-2900 or email

UH West O‘ahu became a four-year, regional 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 serves approximately 2,000 students at its brand new, state-of-the-art campus that opened in the City of Kapolei in 2012. For more information, visit,, or call (808) 689-2800 or toll-free (866) 299-8656.

The Underwriters Association of Hawai‘i is a non-profit organization established in 1968 whose mission is to perpetuate education, fellowship and interaction amongst its members of insurance professionals. Every year, the UAH sponsors a charitable golf tournament and proceeds are donated to a charity of choice.

The Hawaii Independent Insurance Agents Association is a non-profit trade association representing a network of independent insurance professionals across the State of Hawai‘i. The HIIA is the Hawai‘i affiliate for the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA) founded in 1896. The IIABA is a national alliance of 300,000 business owners and their employees who offer all types of insurance and financial services products.