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Bank of Hawaii Foundation Announces Three Nonprofits as 2011 Mike Lyons Maui Community Award Recipients

Friday, May 20, 2011

HONOLULU, HAWAII – The Bank of Hawaii Foundation announced three Maui County nonprofits are the recipients of this year’s Bank of Hawaii Mike Lyons Maui Community Award. The total donation was increased this year to $25,000. Community Clinic of Maui, dba Malama I Ke Ola Helath Center received $5,000, and Hale Mahaolu Akahi, Inc. and Hui Malama Learning Center were each awarded $10,000. The checks were presented at a special reception held at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center on May 18.

The award is presented annually by the Bank of Hawaii Foundation in honor of the late, retired Bank of Hawaii Senior Vice President and Maui District Manager Michael H. Lyons II.  Lyons was a dedicated community leader and served as a role model throughout his 41-year career with the bank.

Community Clinic of Maui, dba Malama I Ke Ola Health Center, provides health care services for the working poor, uninsured and homeless on Maui.

Hale Mahaolu Akahi provides affordable rental housing plus related facilities and support services for the elderly on Maui.

Hui Malama Learning Center provides educational alternatives by focusing on developing the whole person with life skills experience in addition to academic success.

This is the eighth annual Bank of Hawaii Mike Lyons Maui Community Award presentation. Last year’s recipients were Fun Day Foundation, A Keiki’s Dream; Hale Makua Health Services; Maui County Salvation Army; and Maui Economic Concerns of the Community.

The award is open to any nonprofit 501(c) (3) tax-exempt organization in Maui County. Selection is 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.

About Mike Lyons
Mike Lyons began his career at Bank of Hawaii in 1961 as a trainee and worked his way up to senior vice president and Maui regional manager, retiring in 2000. Throughout his career, Lyons served on the boards of numerous community groups and was instrumental in founding several nonprofit organizations on Maui.  Among his many roles, he served as founder and chairman of the Maui Economic Development Board; governor of District 500 (Hawaii) Rotary International; president of the Maui Chamber of Commerce, Kahului Rotary Club, and the J. Walter Cameron Center; chairman of Maui United Way; and treasurer and board member of the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.  Lyons passed away on March 26, 2004.

PHOTO CAPTION:
Representatives of Bank of Hawaii and the Lyons family present the 2011 Bank of Hawaii Mike Lyons Maui Community Award. (from left): Donna Tanoue, Bank of Hawaii vice chair and president of the Bank of Hawaii Foundation; Finance and HR Director Patty Hoffman and Executive Director V. Pualani Enos, of Hui Malama Learning Center; Executive Director Roy Katsuda of Hale Mahaolu Akahi, Inc.; Executive Director Dana Alonzo-Howeth and Board President Vanessa Medeiros of Community Clinic of Maui; Anders Lyons (son of Mike Lyons); Mette Lyons (widow of Mike Lyons); Kevin Baptist, Bank of Hawaii senior vice president and Maui Regional and Island Manager; Anuhea Lambert and her mother, Kristina Lyons-Lambert (daughter of Mike Lyons); and Henrik Lyons (son of Mike Lyons).