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Bank of Hawaii Partners with Local Community to Preserve and Beautify Ahupua'a 'O Kahana State Park for 11th Annual Community Service Day

Saturday, October 22, 2016


Nearly 200 Bank of Hawaii employees and family members volunteered earlier today to malama Ahupuaʻa ʻO Kahana State Park.

The volunteers, called the Bankoh Blue Crew, worked alongside nonprofit organizations at three different sites within Kahana State Park:

  • Beach Clean-Up — Partnering with Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii, bank volunteers helped remove large debris from the shoreline, as well as micro-plastics from the sand, which can harm sea life. Volunteers collected 2,000 pounds of plastic and trash.
  • Huilua Fishpond Restoration — Partnering with Hō’ala ‘Āina ‘Kūpono volunteers transported rocks, cut brush and removed invasive mangrove.
  • Loʻi Maintenance — Working alongside Kahana Valley residents, volunteers helped clear weeds and debris from the ʻauwai (canal) that carries fresh water to each loʻi.

Community Service Day is the Financial Services Roundtable’s nationwide community service initiative, and includes participants in all 50 states. This is the eleventh year that Bank of Hawaii, the only participating financial institution in Hawaii, is participating in this event.

Bank of Hawaii’s “Bankoh Blue Crew” volunteers are out in the community almost every weekend. They have donated nearly 5,900 hours of their time to 71 community service projects so far this year.

In the afternoon, Nā Kama Kai helped facilitate family-fun ocean activities for the bank’s employees, family and friends, which included surfing, stand-up paddleboarding and rides on the Bank of Hawaii canoe, Ulu o ka lā, which was built by master canoe builder Nakoa Prejean and blessed earlier this year. Ulu o ka lā means “growing sun” and refers to the first light of the sun on the horizon.