Live Kōkua

Live Kōkua Giving Campaign

Bank of Hawaii employees and retirees raised a record $760,132 for 23 nonprofit organizations for its annual Live Kōkua Giving Campaign, which ran from Aug. 27 to Oct. 19. The amount raised is the most in the campaign’s history and surpasses the 2018 goal of $725,000.

October 6th, 2019

The annual giving campaign began in 2010, and since then employees have raised more than $5.6 million for nonprofits.

Bank of Hawaii’s Chairman, President and CEO Peter Ho recognized the 23 nonprofit organizations of BOH’s Live Kōkua Giving Campaign at the seventh annual Bankoh Tree Lighting Celebration with a check presentation.

“$725,000 is our most ambitious goal yet,” said Peter Ho, Bank of Hawaii chairman, president and CEO. “Our Live Kōkua Giving Campaign is completely employee-driven, and I’m proud to see our employees rally together through creative fundraisers, like carnivals, karaoke and closet sales. The result is a record-breaking donation for 23 amazing local organizations across Hawaii and the West Pacific region.”

Nearly 600 Bank of Hawaii employees gathered for the Bankoh Tree Lighting Celebration outside the bank’s Main Branch on the corner of Bishop and King streets in downtown Honolulu on Monday, Dec. 10. The Tree Lighting Celebration also included caroling, trolley rides around Honolulu City Lights, a photo booth and a decorated 12-foot noble fir tree, which will be donated to the Institute for Human Services for the seventh consecutive year.

Donation amounts for each nonprofit organization of the Live Kōkua Giving Campaign vary based on employee designations.

In total for 2018, employees and retirees raised $883,175, which includes funds raised from the Live Kōkua Giving Campaign and the bank’s annual Community Walk held in June.

Together, Bank of Hawaii, its Foundation and bank employees donated more than $3.4 million to local nonprofit organizations in 2018.

The Live Kōkua Giving Campaign is just one of many community efforts in which Bank of Hawaii participates throughout the year. “Bankoh Blue Crew” volunteers are out in the community almost every weekend; as of mid-November, Bank of Hawaii employees have donated more than 13,000 hours of their time to 162 community service projects.

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