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Bank of Hawaii Announces Neighbor Island Manager Roles for Maui and Big Island

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Honolulu, Hawaii (February 15, 2007) - Bank of Hawaii has appointed Kevin Baptist and Roberta F. Chu, both senior vice presidents, to the newly created positions of Island Manager for Maui and the Big Island, respectively.  The new positions serve to recognize both Baptist and Chu as key leaders for their respective islands and will help facilitate continued integration of product offerings to clients.

Allan R. Landon, Bank of Hawaii chairman and CEO said, “Roberta and Kevin are highly respected and customer-service focused.  They both have an excellent grasp of what it takes to help meet the financial service needs of our customers.  We anticipate that their key roles will also continue to keep them deeply involved in community activities.”

Baptist will also serve as the regional manager overseeing all branches in Maui County.  Prior to this, Baptist served as the Neighbor Island regional manager for Hawaii Branch Division.  He joined Bank of Hawaii in 1974 as a management associate and has held positions in the West Pacific and South Pacific, as well as on Oahu and Maui. 

A graduate of Kamehameha Schools, he earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of San Francisco and is a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School, sponsored by the University of Washington, Graduate School of Business Administration in Seattle, Wash.

Baptist is a former board member and officer for Alu Like, Inc. and currently serves on its Advisory Board.  He is also a board member of the Lahaina Restoration Foundation and is past president and an honorary member of the Rotary Club of Lahaina, as well as past board member and chairman of the Maui Chamber of Commerce. 

In addition to her new duties, Chu will continue as Hawaii Island Commercial Banking Center manager.  Her responsibilities include maintaining credit quality and performance of the commercial loan portfolio, managing client relationships and delivery of products and services.

Chu joined Bank of Hawaii in 1997 where she worked in the Hawaii Business Banking Center and the East Hawaii District.  Prior to joining the bank, Chu served as vice president and manager of commercial banking at First Business Bank in Los Angeles, Calif.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in economics from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass. and is a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School, sponsored by the University of Washington, Graduate School of Business Administration in Seattle, Wash.

Chu is a past chair and board member of the Hawaii Island Economic Development Board; treasurer and executive committee member of the Economic Development Alliance of Hawaii; and a board member of The Kohala Center, Lyman House Memorial Museum, and Hilo High School Foundation.  She is also a member of the East Hawaii Advisory Council of the American Red Cross, Hawaii Community Foundation’s Hawaii Island Leadership Council, Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce, Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the Hawaii Island Portuguese Chamber of Commerce.

Bank of Hawaii is a regional financial services company serving businesses, consumers and governments in Hawaii, American Samoa and the West Pacific.  The bank has 11 branches on the Big Island and 14 in Maui County.  For more information about Bank of Hawaii Corporation, see the company’s website, www.boh.com.