First Hawaiian Bank Raises Over $600,000 for Japan Tsunami Relief Efforts


(Honolulu, Hawaii March 22, 2011) – First Hawaiian Bank has raised over $600,000 in support of the Japanese relief efforts, according to an announcement today by Don Horner, First Hawaiian chairman and CEO. In a related development, First Hawaiian’s parent company, BNPP, recently announced that it was donating $1.2 million to the Japanese Red Cross Society to assist with the relief effort.

On March 11th First Hawaiian established the “Japan-Hawaii Relief Fund” to assist the survivors of the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan. First Hawaiian donated $100,000 to the fund. Donations are being accepted through March 31, 2011 at any First Hawaiian branch in Hawaii, Guam and CNMI. One hundred percent of the donations will go to the Japan America Society of Hawaii for the benefit of the Japanese Red Cross Society.

“The generosity of the local community has been truly heartwarming,” Horner said. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to those who have been impacted by this devastating tragedy. We look forward to another ten days of collecting contributions from the people of Hawaii.”

To further support the victims and their families, First Hawaiian is waiving all wire transfer fees from the U.S. to Japan for its personal customers.

The bank has also agreed to participate in “Aloha for Japan,” a statewide effort to raise funds for the Japan America Society of Hawaii to benefit the Japanese Red Cross Society. Aloha for Japan was organized by Lt Governor Brian Schatz, Japan Consul General Yoshihiko Kamo and Hawaii business leaders.

The Japanese Red Cross Society was founded in 1877 and has an extensive network of branches in cities, towns and villages throughout Japan. They also operate hospitals and blood collection agencies through the country. Her Majesty the Empress serves as Honorary President of the Society.

BNP Paribas is a leader in global financial services and one of the six strongest banks in the world.

First Hawaiian Bank is Hawaii’s oldest and largest bank with over $15 billion in total assets and 63 branches throughout Hawaii, Guam and CNMI.

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