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Bank of Hawaii Foundation Announces 2012 Mike Lyons Maui Community Award Recipients

Thursday, June 28, 2012

HONOLULU, HAWAII – Bank of Hawaii Foundation announced the recipients of this year’s Bank of Hawaii Mike Lyons Maui Community Award. Lana‘i Community Health Center received $15,000. Habitat for Humanity Maui and Maui Economic Development Board, Inc. were each awarded $5,000. The checks were presented at a special reception held at Maui Culinary Academy’s Class Act Restaurant on June 27.

The award is presented annually by 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.

Lana‘i Community Health Center is a hub of resources for healthcare and social services for the island. The center will be using the award to purchase a diagnostic blood analysis machine so that blood work will no longer need to be sent to Oahu for analysis.

Habitat for Humanity Maui, which helps people on Maui reside in clean and decent homes, will use the award to support its homeownership classes and building program.

Maui Economic Development Board, Inc. will use the award to continue its annual outreach to more than 10,000 Maui County students, teachers and businesses with its innovative education-to-workforce programs.

This is the ninth annual Bank of Hawaii Mike Lyons Maui Community Award presentation. Last year’s recipients were Hale Mahaolu, Community Clinic of Maui (dba Malama I Ke Ola Health Center Clinic of Maui), and Hui Malama Learning Center.

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.

Representatives of Bank of Hawaii and the Lyons family present the 2012 Bank of Hawaii Mike Lyons Maui Community Award. (from left): Peter Biggs, Bank of Hawaii vice chair and chief retail officer; Medical Director Mary Francl of Lana‘i Community Health Center; Executive Director Sherri Dodson of Habitat for Humanity Maui; Executive Director Jeanne Skog of Maui Economic Development Board, Inc.; Donna Tanoue, Bank of Hawaii vice chair and president of Bank of Hawaii Foundation; Anders Lyons (son of Mike Lyons); and Kevin Baptist, Bank of Hawaii senior vice president and Maui regional and island manager.