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Bank of Hawaii Celebrates the Holidays

Monday, December 11, 2017


Hundreds of Bank of Hawaii employees gathered outside the bank’s Main Branch in downtown Honolulu on Monday, Dec. 11, for the sixth annual Bankoh Tree Lighting Celebration. The event also recognized the 24 nonprofit beneficiaries of BOH’s Live Kōkua Giving Campaign with a check presentation by bank Chairman, President and CEO Peter Ho.

Employees and bank retirees raised $722,248 during the Live Kōkua Giving Campaign, which ran from Aug. 28 to Oct. 23. The total surpassed this year’s goal by nearly $100,000.

Donation amounts for each of the nonprofit organizations vary and are based on individual employees’ pledges to their preferred organizations. A number of the beneficiaries are selected by employees through online voting before the campaign begins.

Since the giving campaign began in 2010, Bank of Hawaii employees have raised more than $4.8 million for nonprofits in the local community.

In addition to the check presentation, the Tree Lighting Celebration included caroling, activities and the lighting of a 12-foot noble fir tree, which will be donated to the Institute for Human Services.

In total this year, Bank of Hawaii, its Foundation and bank employees donated approximately $2.8 million to more than 400 community organizations. Employees and retirees contributed $878,325 in 2017, which includes funds raised from the Live Kōkua Giving Campaign and the bank’s annual Community Walk held in April.

The Live Kōkua Giving Campaign is just one of many community efforts in which Bank of Hawaii participates throughout the year. “Bankoh Blue Crew” volunteers are out in the community almost every weekend; as 2017 draws to a close, more than 2,000 volunteers have donated over 13,300 hours of their time to 295 community service projects.