A Firm Foundation: How Insurance Supports the Economy

Key Facts: The Insurance Industry’s Contribution To The Hawaii Economy

The insurance industry in Hawaii has a significant impact on the state’s economy that extends well beyond its responsibilities to collect premiums and settle claims. It employs licensed professionals, pays taxes, owns municipal bonds and serves people in their times of greatest need.

Employment

U.S. Department of Commerce data show the insurance industry provided 11,187 jobs in Hawaii in 2017. The Hawaii insurance industry accounted for about $737.2 million in compensation in 2017.

Gross State Product

The insurance industry contributed $1.6 billion to the Hawaii gross state product (GSP) in 2016, accounting for 1.82 percent of the state GSP.

Taxes

Premium taxes paid by insurance companies in Hawaii totaled $170.1 million in 2017.

Premiums

Direct premiums written by property/casualty insurance companies in Hawaii totaled $2.5 billion in 2017. Premiums written by life/annuity insurance companies totaled $3.9 billion (including life insurance, annuities, accident and health insurance, deposit type funds and other considerations).

Surplus Lines

The surplus lines market, a group of highly specialized insurers, exists to provide coverage that is not available through licensed insurers in the standard insurance market. For the many thousands of businesses that rely on some level of surplus line protection to keep their doors open, surplus lines is an important segment of the market. The Hawaii surplus lines market accounted for $255.7 million in gross premiums written in 2017, according to a survey by Business Insurance.

Claims Payments

Insurance company claims payments help ensure the economic security of individuals and businesses and help sustain a number of related industries. In 2017 these payments in Hawaii as measured by direct property/casualty incurred losses, were $1.4 billion. Life insurance claims and benefits payouts in Hawaii totaled $2.4 billion in 2017.

Catastrophes

The insurance industry plays a vital role in helping individuals and businesses prepare for and recover from the potentially devastating effects of a disaster. Flooding, hurricanes, tsunamis, lava flow from volcanic activity and earthquakes are some of the natural disasters that have occurred or could occur in Hawaii.

Leading Writers

Below are tables showing the state’s leading insurance companies, based on market share, and links to state by state comparison tables.

Top 10 Writers Of Commercial Insurance In Hawaii By Direct Premiums Written, 2018 (1)

 

Rank Group/company Direct premiums written ($000) Market share
1 Tokio Marine  $206,140 14.7%
2 Island Insurance Companies  84,035 6.0
3 Chubb  72,660 5.2
4  American International Group (AIG)  72,114 5.1
5 Hawaii Employers' Mutual Insurance Co. 67,237 4.8
6 Zurich  57,027 4.1
7 Allianz  56,897 4.1
8 Liberty Mutual  54,756 3.9
9 MS&AD Insurance  53,572 3.8
10 DB Insurance Co. Ltd.  45,017 3.2

(1) Before reinsurance transactions.

Source: NAIC data, sourced from S&P Global Market Intelligence, Insurance Information Institute.

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Top 10 Writers Of Homeowners Insurance In Hawaii By Direct Premiums Written, 2018 (1)

 

Rank Group/company Direct premiums written ($000) Market share
1 State Farm $124,057 31.1%
2 Heritage Insurance 53,268 13.3
3 Tokio Marine 39,257 9.8
4 USAA 29,664 7.4
5 Allstate Corp. 23,352 5.9
6 DB Insurance Co. Ltd. 20,738 5.2
7 Island Insurance Companies 16,233 4.1
8 Liberty Mutual 15,226 3.8
9 American International Group (AIG) 11,803 3.0
10 RLI 11,560 2.9

(1) Before reinsurance transactions.

Source: NAIC data, sourced from S&P Global Market Intelligence, Insurance Information Institute.

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Top 10 Writers Of Life Insurance/Annuities In Hawaii By Direct Premiums Written, 2018 (1)

 

Rank Group/company Direct premiums written ($000) Market share
1 New York Life Insurance Group  $265,759 9.3%
2 Prudential Financial Inc.  199,401 7.0
3 Transamerica 196,538 6.9
4 Pacific Life 196,505 6.9
5 Global Atlantic 147,073 5.1
6 American International Group (AIG) 125,490 4.4
7 AXA  121,569 4.3
8 Nationwide Mutual Group  114,507 4.0
9 Lincoln National Corp.  105,756 3.7
10 Jackson National Life Group  92,213 3.2

(1) Includes life insurance, accident and health insurance, annuity considerations, deposit-type contract funds and other considerations. Before reinsurance transactions.

Source: NAIC data, sourced from S&P Global Market Intelligence.

Top 10 Writers Of Private Passenger Auto Insurance In Hawaii By Direct Premiums Written, 2018 (1)

 

Rank Group/company Direct premiums written ($000) Market share
1 Berkshire Hathaway Inc.  $212,181 27.2%
2 State Farm  145,038 18.6
3 USAA  93,188 11.9
4 Allstate Corp.  70,797 9.1
5 Progressive  56,904 7.3
6 Farmers Insurance  48,468 6.2
7 Tokio Marine  39,101 5.0
8 Liberty Mutual  37,640 4.8
9 Island Insurance Companies  25,181 3.2
10 MS&AD Insurance  17,765 2.3

(1) Before reinsurance transactions.

Source: NAIC data, sourced from S&P Global Market Intelligence, Insurance Information Institute.

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