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Bank of Hawaii Now Accepting Nominations for 2010 Monty Richards Hawaii Island Community Award

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

HONOLULU, HAWAII – Bank of Hawaii has doubled its 2010 Monty Richards Hawaii Island Community Award from $10,000 to $20,000. The award was established in 2008 in honor of Herbert “Monty” Montague Richards, Jr., a dedicated Hawaii Island community leader and former longtime board director for Bank of Hawaii.

Bank of Hawaii welcomes nominations from Hawaii Island nonprofit organizations that demonstrate innovative approaches to help improve the quality of life on Hawaii Island. Nonprofit 501(c) (3) tax-exempt organizations in Hawaii County (Big Island of Hawaii) may be nominated by the public or they may nominate themselves for the 2010 award by Aug. 2.

“We’re very pleased to increase the amount of the Monty Richards Hawaii Island Community Award during these challenging economic times,” said Roberta Chu, senior vice president and Hawaii Island manager. “We’re even more pleased to know of the good that will come from it thanks to the enterprising work of Hawaii’s charitable organizations.”

The Ka‘u Hospital Foundation and North Kohala Community Resource Center were the recipients of the inaugural award, and Friends of the Children’s Justice Center of East Hawaii and the West Hawaii Mediation Center received the award in 2009. 

The Bank of Hawaii Monty Richards Community Award supports Hawaii Island nonprofit organizations that demonstrate innovative approaches to help improve the quality of life on Hawaii Island. Award selection is based on:  1) having been in existence for a minimum of three years, and demonstrating innovative approaches to fulfilling its mission; 2) exemplary leadership demonstrated by its executive team, staff and board of directors; 3) establishment of measurable benchmarks to monitor progress and ensure success.

Award brochures/application forms are available at all Hawaii Island District branches for customers and the public. Nomination materials should be submitted to:  Hawaii Island
Manager, Attn: Monty Richards Award, P.O. Box 305, Hilo, HI 96721. The deadline to submit application/nomination forms for the 2010 award is Aug. 2. The award will be presented in September in honor of Monty Richards’ birthday.

About Monty Richards
Richards served as a board director at Bank of Hawaii from 1989 to 2000. He was also a regent at the University of Hawaii for 16 years and is a board member of The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii. He is a past member of the board of Hawaii Commission on Water Resource Management.

A fifth-generation kama‘aina, Richards, presently serves as the chairman and trustee of Kahua Ranch, where he has worked since 1953. Richards has been recognized as an innovator for his strides in bringing alternative renewable energy to the ranch and as being the first on Hawaii Island to use rapid rotational grazing, and to experiment with hydroponic (soil-less) farming, solar energy and wind energy.  He also diversified his livestock by integrating sheep into his herd, which has resulted in one of the largest flocks in the state.