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Arthur Taniguchi to Retire from Bank of Hawaii

Monday, October 23, 2017


Arthur “Art” Taniguchi, senior vice president and Hawaii Island regional manager, announced that he will retire from Bank of Hawaii in January 2018, after 27 years of service.

Taniguchi joined the bank in 1991 as the Dealer Center manager on Oahu, then transferred to Hilo to become the Kaiko‘o Branch manager in 1993. Taniguchi later became the Hawaii Island regional manager, and in 2007, he was promoted to senior vice president.

Bank of Hawaii Chairman, President and CEO Peter Ho said, “Art will always be part of our Bankoh ‘ohana, and he will be deeply missed as the hardworking and committed professional that he is. With deep roots in the community, he’s been instrumental and critical to our Hawaii Island operations. We’re grateful to have him for a few more months, and wish him a heartfelt mahalo for all that he’s done for Bank of Hawaii.”

Kevin Sakamoto, senior executive vice president and branch delivery manager notes, “I’ve known Art for 15 years, and for nearly three decades, he has been the consummate ambassador for Bank of Hawaii. Through his dedication to the community and businesses across Hawaii Island, he successfully focused on growth that benefitted customers and businesses alike. I have nothing but aloha for Art and his family, and on behalf of Bank of Hawaii, I wish Art the very best in the next phase of his life.”

A native of Hilo, Taniguchi has more than 40 years of financial services experience in Hawaii, Japan and in California, including as vice president of retail banking for the former Pioneer Federal Savings Bank and regional manager for AVCO Financial Services.

During his tenure with the bank, Taniguchi has expanded business partnerships and built strong community relationships. He served as president of the Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce, Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Hawaii, Crimestoppers Hilo, Inc., Rotary Club of Hilo Bay, Japanese Community Association and East Hawaii Hiroshima Kenjin Kai, as well as chair of the County of Hawaii’s Water Board.

He currently is chair of the Island of Hawaii Visitors Bureau and vice chair of the County of Hawaii Liquor Commission, in addition to serving on the advisory boards for UH-Hilo’s College of Business & Economics and the Hawaii Community College’s Business and Technology Department.

Taniguchi was appointed as the Honorary Consul General of Japan at Hilo in 2010. In 2016, he was also awarded the Small Business Administration’s Financial Services Advocate for the state of Hawaii. Bank of Hawaii branches on both the east and west sides of Hawaii Island were named “Best Bank” in the Hawaii Tribune-Herald and West Hawaii Today in 2016 and 2017.

After retirement, Taniguchi will continue to remain active in the community. One of his immediate efforts will be coordinating the commemoration events of the 150th anniversary marking the first Japanese immigrants to Hawaii, which will take place in 2018.

“Bank of Hawaii has been very good to me and my family, and returning home in 1993 was one of the best moves of my career,” Taniguchi said. “The quality of life on our island is second to none. I appreciate all of the contacts and friends we have made throughout the years and will definitely still be very active in the community.”