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Island Insurance appoints Michael Tanoue as Vice President, General Counsel

Island Insurance, the state’s largest locally-owned property and casualty (P&C) insurance carrier, has appointed Michael Tanoue as Vice President, General Counsel. In this position, he is responsible for company strategic initiatives, policy management, legal strategy, compliance and regulatory filings.

Tanoue has nearly 35 years of legal experience, most recently at The Pacific Law Group. He also served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Edward H. Nakamura of the Hawaii State Supreme Court. He received a Juris Doctor from the William S. Richardson School of Law, where he was Executive Editor of the Law Review. After graduating from Baldwin High School on Maui, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in history and political science from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Tanoue is a former adjunct professor of law at the William S. Richardson School of Law and a former law instructor at the Japan-American Institute of Management Science. He is a current committee member of the Hawaii Judiciary’s Committee on Pattern Civil Jury Instructions, a prior board member and officer of the Hawaii Speech League and the Pacific Gateway Center, and a former speech and debate coach at Iolani School.

Island Insurance Company, Ltd. is Hawaii’s largest locally-owned insurance carrier, offering a full range of property and casualty protection. Founded in downtown Honolulu, Island Insurance has been serving Hawaii’s families and businesses for nearly 80 years and is the only Hawaii-based company to be recognized as one of the Top 50 property & casualty insurers in the nation by the Ward Group for 11 consecutive years. Island Insurance holds a financial strength rating of “A” (Excellent) from A.M. Best Company. For more information, visit

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