HONOLULU, HI – Today, more than 150 Bank of Hawaii volunteers partnered to support the restoration and rehabilitation of the He‘eia Fishpond, as a part of National Community Service Day 2013. Volunteers helped to move rock and coral out to the kuapā (fishpond walls), cut and pull out invasive mangrove and limu, and also reconstruct the kuapā.
Paepae o He‘eia is a nonprofit organization dedicated to managing and maintaining He‘eia Fishpond. The organization works to implement values and concepts from the model of a traditional fishpond to provide intellectual, physical and spiritual sustenance for the community.
“Bankoh Blue Crew” volunteers are out in the community almost every weekend. They have donated 4,612 hours of their time to 44 community service projects so far this year.
Community Service Day is the Financial Services Roundtable’s annual nationwide community service initiative, and includes participants in all 50 states. This is the eighth year that Bank of Hawaii, the only participating financial institution in Hawaii, is participating in this event.