Bank of Hawaii and its Foundation to Donate Face Shields, Masks, and $100,000 to Healthcare Community


March 26th, 2020

In response to the urgent need for personal protective equipment (PPE), Bank of Hawaii announced today that the company will be donating more than 1,200 face shields and masks, as well as making a $100,000 contribution to the Healthcare Association of Hawaii.

Over 1,000 brand-new N95 face masks and nearly 200 face shields will be donated to Hawaii Pacific Health and The Queen’s Health Systems to appropriately allocate and distribute among its medical staff.

“We are at a pivotal time in trying to slow the spread of COVID-19. The need for personal protective equipment for our healthcare professionals is great,” said Bank of Hawaii Chairman, President and CEO Peter S. Ho. “Our medical first responders are on the frontlines of this pandemic, and we are committed to doing what we can to help them do their jobs effectively and successfully. We hope our donations to Hawaii Pacific Health, Queen’s Health Systems, and the Healthcare Association of Hawaii (HAH) will help our community at large.”

“HAH and the Hawaii Healthcare Emergency Management program are doing all we can to help healthcare organizations across the state of Hawaii prepare for and deal with the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Hilton Raethel, president and CEO at Healthcare Association of Hawaii. “We know that the worst of this pandemic is still in front of us. Anything that we can do to push out the peak of this pandemic and flatten the curve will lessen the impact to the people of Hawaii. This very generous gift will help us be better prepared for the impact of this pandemic and protect healthcare workers across the state and the patients they serve.”

As an essential business designated by the state, Bank of Hawaii has been maintaining a certain level of personal protective equipment. For the health and well-being of its employees and customers, Bank of Hawaii recently installed plastic sneeze guards at its teller windows as an added layer of protection.

To offer the safest banking experience during this time, the bank continues its preventive safety measures, such as social distancing protocols (for example, queuing customers 6 feet apart in transaction lines and waiting areas), increased cleanings, and deployment of hand sanitizing solution for its branches.

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