HONOLULU, HAWAII –
More than 450 employees gathered outside Bank of Hawaii’s Main Branch in downtown Honolulu for the fifth annual Bankoh Tree Lighting Celebration and check presentation to 22 nonprofit organizations on Monday, Dec. 12.
Employees and retirees raised $678,091 during the six-week Live Kōkua Giving Campaign, held from Sept. 6 through Oct. 14. The amount raised is the most in the campaign’s history and surpassed the goal of $625,000.
Donation amounts for each of the organizations vary and are based on individual employees’ pledges to their preferred organizations. The 2016 beneficiaries were selected by employees through online voting prior to the start of the campaign. Since the campaign’s inception in 2010, Bank of Hawaii employees have raised more than $4.1 million for nonprofits in the local community.
In addition to the check presentation to the beneficiaries, the holiday celebration included singing, a visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus, and of course, lighting up the holiday tree. For the fifth consecutive year, the 12-foot, fully-decorated Noble Fir Christmas tree will be donated to the Institute for Human Services after the event.
The Bank of Hawaii Live Kōkua Giving Campaign is just one of many community efforts in which Bank of Hawaii participates throughout the year. Bank of Hawaii’s “Bankoh Blue Crew” volunteers are out in the community almost every weekend. In 2016, more than 2,000 volunteers have donated over 10,000 hours of their time to 229 community service projects.