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Bank of Hawaii’s 11th Annual Community Walk Raises $110,320

Saturday, April 01, 2017


Bank of Hawaii hosted its 11th annual Live Kōkua Community Walk at the Hawaii Convention Center (HCC) in support of three nonprofit organizations—Hawaii Literacy, Kids Hurt Too Hawaii and Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii—whose missions center around education, youth and environment initiatives. This year’s focus is on local, small nonprofit organizations that serve Hawaii communities.

Bank of Hawaii employees selected the walk’s beneficiaries through an online voting process, and then raised a total of $110,320 in donations that will be divided equally among the bank’s three beneficiaries in support of their missions:

  • Hawaii Literacy provides books, mentors, literacy promotion and skills needed to break cycles of poverty and under-education in Hawaii.
  • Kids Hurt Too Hawaii provides peer support groups, mentoring programs, education, training, workshops and crisis management services for grieving and traumatized children, teens and their parents.
  • Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii inspires local communities to care for their coastlines through fun, hands-on beach cleanups, educational programs and public awareness campaigns.

Following the walk around HCC (Kalakaua/Ala Wai/Ala Moana Blvd/Atkinson Drive), the Bankoh ‘ohana enjoyed breakfast, live entertainment, face painting and balloon creations for kids.

Bank of Hawaii’s annual community walk supports nonprofits unable to conduct their own fundraising walks. From 2007 to 2016, Bank of Hawaii employees have raised approximately $1.4 million through its community walk, benefitting a total of 94 organizations.

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 2,500 volunteers donated over 12,000 hours of their time to 244 community service projects.

Bank of Hawaii is also a sponsor of tonight’s Sunset Mele on the Rooftop, a free event at HCC that is open to the general public. The showing of Disney’s Moana will begin at 7 p.m. Doors open at 4:30.