Over the weekend, Hawai`i lost a great leader in both our business and local community. Barry Taniguchi, Chairman, CEO and third generation leader of KTA Super Stores, was an inspired leader dedicated to enriching our Hawai`i community. As a board member of HEMIC for many years, he brought vision, business acumen and compassionate perspective to our board of directors for the betterment of the policyholders that HEMIC serves.

At HEMIC, we extend our heartfelt sympathy to the Taniguchi and KTA `ohana and to the Hawai`i island community. The impact Barry Taniguchi has made on Hawai`i is far-reaching, and an enduring tribute to his spirit of aloha and service. He embodied his slogan “You’re someone special everyday at KTA” in all his dealings. Barry leaves behind a deep legacy and he will be greatly missed.

Mahalo Barry for your many contributions to the HEMIC family, for your friendship and the significant impact you have made for all of Hawai`i.