First Hawaiian Bank Achieves Goal of Contributing $10 Million to Charity in Four Years

(Honolulu, Hawaii, December 12, 2013) –First Hawaiian Bank has contributed over $2.5 million each year for the past four years to achieve its goal of donating $10 million to charity.  The bank, it’s Foundation and employees annually donate more than $2.5 million to over 400 charities making it one of the largest corporate contributors to charity in Hawaii, Guam and the CNMI, according to an announcement today by Bob Harrison, First Hawaiian Bank president and chief executive officer.

“First Hawaiian Bank’s community involvement helps local non-profits with the vital support they need by supporting local charities via our employees volunteering their time, providing financial support through our Kokua Mai program and our foundation” Harrison said.  “Being able to offer assistance to meet a need is what makes charitable giving so rewarding. To continue its legacy of giving, First Hawaiian plans to donate another $2.5 million to charity in 2014.”

In 2013, a remarkable 98 percent of First Hawaiian Bank employees participated in Kokua Mai, the bank’s annual employee giving campaign.  The employees and retirees contributed a record $633,826, with donations still coming in, for 36 local community non-profits. This was the highest amount ever raised through Kokua Mai by First Hawaiian employees and retirees.  Since Kokua Mai’s inception in 2007, bank employees and retirees have donated more than $4.1 million to charities in Hawaii, Guam and Saipan.

First Hawaiian Bank established its Kokua Mai giving program to ensure 100 percent of employee donations go directly to local charities. The online giving program is completely run by employees.  This year’s 4-week campaign ran from October 1 through October 31 with employees conducting department fundraisers throughout.  

“Our employees step up every year and show their caring spirit for those less fortunate in the community,” said Iris Matsumoto, executive vice president, Human Resources Division.  “They not only make contributions through Kokua Mai, they also volunteer their time and talents in the community to assist various non-profits. Our employees amaze me with the level of creativity in developing fundraisers for our Kokua Mai campaign.”

Representatives from some of Hawaii’s leading charities recognize that the support they receive from First Hawaiian Bank comes at a time when demand for these programs and services continue to rise.

"I am grateful beyond words to receive this kind of support from the employees at First Hawaiian Bank,” said Wendy Abe, executive director of the Palama Settlement.  “Being selected as a first time participant of Kokua Mai, was an honor in itself.  Receiving this kind of support is exhilarating and humbling.  On behalf of all our keiki, seniors and families that come to Palama Settlement, mahalo nui loa!"
“For over 15 years, Special Olympics Hawai'i has been blessed with  incredible support from  our `Ohana at First Hawaiian Bank. From our partnership through the First Hawaiian Bank Troy Barboza Law Enforcement Torch Run, to the Be a Fan sales at the branches, and most recently your Kokua Mai employee giving program - First Hawaiian Bank is always there for our athletes”, said Nancy Bottelo, president and CEO of Special Olympics. “Your generosity helps us raise funds for people with intellectual disabilities throughout the state, ensuring all programs we offer can be given free of charge to the athletes and families. We feel incredibly fortunate to have First Hawaiian Bank as a caring and generous Mission Partner with Special Olympics Hawai'i.”

"Aloha Harvest is so grateful to all the employees at First Hawaiian Bank for supporting the work we do of "Rescuing Food to Feed Hawaii's Hungry," said Kuulei Williams, executive director, Aloha Harvest.  “With your financial help, we have been able to keep our trucks traveling the island picking up donated food and delivering the food to 166 social service agencies - helping to feed about 73,000 people a month!  We have now rescued over 11 million pounds of food - keeping it from being wasted and ending up in our landfill.  Mahalo for your generosity and for helping to make a difference to so many in our community!"
Each year the bank’s branches serve as collection points for various charitable causes including the Star-Advertiser Good Neighbor Fund, Laulima Giving Project, Special Olympics Troy Barboza Torch Run and most recently for the Aloha for Philippines Typhoon Haiyan recovery and relief efforts.

First Hawaiian Bank ( with $16.7 billion in assets is Hawaii’s oldest and largest bank. The bank operates 57 branches in Hawaii, three on Guam and two on Saipan.

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