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Bank of Hawaii Now Accepting Nominations for 2011 Monty Richards Hawaii Island Community Award

Thursday, May 12, 2011

HONOLULU, HAWAII – Bank of Hawaii has increased its 2011 Monty Richards Hawaii Island Community Award to $25,000. Hawaii County nonprofit organizations are invited to submit applications by July 5. Nominations may be made by the public or the organizations themselves.

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.
Award selection will be based on:  a) exemplary fulfillment of the organization’s mission; b) the leadership demonstrated by the organization’s executive director and board; and c) the organization’s engagement in one of the following focus areas: community development, education, human services, and arts and culture. Additional consideration will be given to organizations that also focus on community development through financial literacy programs.

Nomination forms are available at all Hawaii Island District branches or by calling: (808) 854-2029 or (808) 854-2021. Nomination materials should be submitted to: Hawaii Island Manager, Bank of Hawaii, Attn: Monty Richards Award, P.O. Box 305, Hilo, Hawaii 96721.

In 2010 the award was increased to $20,000, which was divided between:

  • Big Island Substance Abuse Council ($5,000),
  • Habitat for Humanity West Hawaii ($5,000), and 
  • Hamakua Health Center, Inc. ($10,000).

In 2009, the $10,000 award was divided equally between:

  • Friends of the Children’s Justice Center of East Hawaii, and
  • West Hawaii Mediation Center.

In 2008, the $10,000 inaugural award was divided equally between:

  • Ka‘u Hospital Foundation and
  • North Kohala Community Resource Center 

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.