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Bank of Hawaii Volunteers Give Back to Community

Saturday, August 27, 2011

HONOLULU, HAWAII – Nearly 100 Bank of Hawaii employees volunteered their time today at the Moiliili Community Center and Project Dana, in celebration of Community Service Day 2011. This is the sixth year in a row that Bank of Hawaii has participated in this national service effort with the Financial Services Roundtable, which aims to improve the communities in which employees live and do business.

The director of Bank of Hawaii’s corporate security, Brian Ishikawa, also facilitated the newest BOH Smart Money Seminar at today’s event, offering tips to the elderly on how to protect themselves from fraud. Bank of Hawaii also made a special presentation to U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka in recognition of his support of financial literacy throughout the years.

The morning program kicked off the day with remarks at the community center by U.S. Reps. Colleen Hanabusa and Mazie Hirono. Then the group split up, with about 20 volunteers going to the Project Dana facility and rest of the volunteers heading to the Moiliili Community Center’s Thrift Store to help clean up both facilities.

Volunteers at the community center’s Thrift Store used $2,500 worth of supplies donated by Bank of Hawaii to transform the second floor into a workshop, where they helped to sort, organize and label thrift shop donations. Meanwhile, volunteers at Project Dana got their hands dirty by cutting down and uprooting two palm trees in the front yard, trimming several trees and vines and power-washing the house.

Bank of Hawaii recently opened a new branch in Moiliili and Community Service Day was the first of many events to come aimed at giving back to the Moiliili community.