Honolulu, Hawaii (Sept. 30, 2009) – Bank of Hawaii today pledged $25,000 to provide support for tsunami disaster relief assistance for families impacted by yesterday’s tsunami in American Samoa.
Al Landon, Bank of Hawaii Chairman and CEO, said, “Our hearts go out to the people of American Samoa during this difficult time. We want to express our deepest sympathy to families who have lost loved ones.”
Families or individuals can apply for donations up to $500. The bank will work with several community representatives to identify areas of immediate need. Those wishing to apply for funds can submit an application form available at a Bank of Hawaii branch.
Hobbs Lowson, district manager for the bank’s American Samoa operations, said, “This is a terrible disaster but the community is pulling together to help one another. This is going to take a while, but everyone is working hard to help with the restoration. Our goal will be to get the funds quickly into the hands of people who need it. This may include assistance for cleanup, repairs and also bereavement.”
The bank is making its Tafuna and Utulei (Centennial) branch facilities available for the staging and distribution of incoming supplies. Bank employees will be volunteering to help with distribution of goods.
In Hawaii, donations are also being accepted at any branch of Bank of Hawaii and checks may be made out to: Bank of Hawaii American Samoa Relief Fund.
Bank of Hawaii has been serving American Samoa for 40 years and has branches in Utulei, Tafuna and Pava'ia'i.