Artex Steps Forward Hawaii

Oct 26, 2020

Welcome to Honolulu, Hawaii

The eighth stop on our walk around the world

Aloha! We’ve arrived at our eighth milestone–Honolulu.

Collectively we’ve crossed the Pacific Ocean and have walked 8,066 miles, which is over 17 million steps!

We have a small team in Honolulu, run by Fay Okamoto, senior vice president, Hawaii Captives, who has been with the company for 18 years. In fact, Fay, Danel Licari and Garrett Liu, who comprise our Hawaii office, have worked together for 20+ years, which is incredibly special and a testament to the relationships that are built amongst employees and clients. Our team here specializes in captive management, typically large single-parent captives. We asked Fay what advice she would give to people just getting started in the insurance industry: “Actively seek learning opportunities and don’t be afraid to ask questions. That is the best way to learn and grow your expertise.”

When Fay isn’t working, she’s spending time with her family. Fay’s goal, once COVID-19 is over, is to participate in a half marathon series at or near the United States’ great national parks. We can’t wait to see which destination she picks first!

Fun facts about Hawaii:

  • Honolulu has been named the Number 3 happiest city to work in by Forbes magazine
  • Hawaii is the only state with two official languages ― English and Hawaiian. The written Hawaiian language was developed in 1820 and has only 12 letters. Previously it was an oral language, using songs, chants and poems to pass information from one generation to the next.
  • The state motto in the Hawaiian language is: Ua mau ke ea o ka aina I ka pono ― meaning “the life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness.”
  • It is the only U.S. state that is made up entirely of islands ― 32 to be exact (eight major islands), as well as 124 islets, reefs and shoals, which are a World Heritage Site and the largest contiguous fully-protected conservation area within the U.S.
  • It has its own time zone! It’s called Hawaiian Standard Time and they don’t follow Daylight Savings Time. Hawaiian time can also refer to the slower pace that typically happens on the islands, where people tend to avoid rushing around due the warm weather and relaxed environment.

Here are a few fun culture activities that you can try with your family.

  • Chantilly Cake takes on a different meaning in Hawaii. It has to do with the frosting. You can bake the cake from a recipe that appeared in the newspaper here. Chantilly Coco Puffs, a twist on the traditional dessert, are a popular island treat and one of Fay’s favorites ― so delicious, but not exactly healthy!
  • Flower leis are a tradition in the state and used for celebrations. There are certain cultural norms regarding leis ― such as you cannot refuse one, you cannot take it off in front of the person who gave it to you, and when you are finished with it you must return it to the land. This is a fun craft activity for children to make a paper lei. Earlier this year Fay also learned how to make leis by hand-tying individual feathers ― time consuming, but beautiful.
  • Hula is a form of dance that includes a song or chant and originated in Hawaii. Watch this 3.5 minute National Geographic short film that showcases the ritual and beauty of the hula.
  • Want to dive deeper into the hula? This video tells the story of male warriors, the first dancers of hula.


Follow our journey, including our milestones, as we trek nearly 28,000 miles around the globe here.