Bank of Hawaii Celebrates 125th Anniversary with Tree Planting Campaign

Volunteer hours and $121,202 were distributed to nonprofits to plant thousands of trees across Hawaii and the West Pacific.


November 5th, 2022

Hundreds of volunteers rolled up their sleeves on this Arbor Day, clearing away brush and planting more than 1,500 native trees at the Waianae Kai Forest Reserve for Bank of Hawaii’s annual Community Service Day. This year, the event also marked the culmination of Bank of Hawaii’s pledge to plant the equivalent of more than 125 trees per week throughout 2022 in celebration of the bank’s 125th anniversary and commitment to sustaining the environment.

In addition to Saturday’s volunteer hours, Bank of Hawaii Foundation and long-time corporate partner, Hawaiian Airlines, donated a combined total of $10,000 to Waianae Mountain Watershed Partnership in support of its mission to develop and implement management strategies for the Waianae Mountains and its native species and habitats.

This brings the total amount of grants awarded to nonprofits from Bank of Hawaii’s 125th anniversary tree planting pledge to $121,202. Funds were distributed to 12 organizations across the island communities the bank serves, with $106,000 going to eight Hawaii nonprofits and $15,202 going to Guam, Saipan and Palau. The full list is as follows:




Hawaii Public Health Institute

Hawaii Island

Three Mountain Alliance Foundation


Waianae Mountain Watershed Partnership


Malama Learning Center


Ke Kula Nui O Waimanalo


Hoa Aina O Makaha


Na Koa Manu Conservation


Maui Nui Botanical Gardens


Malama Kauai


UOG GROW Initiative/G3 Program


Palau Conservation Society


Mariana Islands Nature Alliance (MINA)

“Our goal during our milestone 125th anniversary year was to put our commitment to preserving our environment at the forefront, to malama our islands by planting trees today for a better tomorrow. We have long focused on sustainability at Bank of Hawaii and caring for our home. We plan to continue to invest in the environment today and for generations to come,” said Momi Akimseu, Bank of Hawaii Foundation president.

Grants were determined with consultation from the DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife Kaulunani Urban & Community Forestry Program. All funds were used to plant or distribute trees for planting, with each nonprofit creating its own plan for their grant money. Many focused on providing food-bearing trees for low income communities or on campuses across Hawaii’s public school system.

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