Bank of Hawaii Employees Raise Record-Breaking Amount of $860,000 for 25 Nonprofits


December 16th, 2019

Bank of Hawaii employees and retirees raised a record $860,000 for 25 nonprofit organizations for its annual Live Kōkua Giving Campaign, which ran from July 8 to Sept. 13. The amount raised is the most in the campaign’s history and well surpasses the 2019 goal of $775,000. The annual giving campaign began in 2010, and since then employees have raised more than $6.4 million for nonprofits.

Bank of Hawaii’s Chairman, President and CEO Peter Ho recognized the 25 nonprofit organizations of BOH’s Live Kōkua Giving Campaign at the eighth annual Bankoh Tree Lighting Celebration with a check presentation.

Nearly 600 Bank of Hawaii employees gathered for the Bankoh Tree Lighting Celebration outside the bank’s Main Branch on the corner of Bishop and King streets in downtown Honolulu on Wednesday, Dec. 11. The festive event also included trolley rides around Honolulu City Lights, caroling employees in colorful Santa hats, a photo booth and the lighting of a decorated 12-foot noble fir tree.

Bank of Hawaii’s employees are the driving force behind the Live Kōkua Giving Campaign, and they rally together in the spirit of giving each year to raise money through creative fundraisers like carnivals with pie-in-the-face contests, costumed karaoke contests and gourmet cupcake decorating events. On behalf of its dedicated employees, Bank of Hawaii is thrilled to make the record-breaking donation to 25 extraordinary local organizations across Hawaii and the West Pacific region.

Donation amounts for each nonprofit organization of the Live Kōkua Giving Campaign vary based on employee designations.

Together, Bank of Hawaii, its Foundation, bank employees and retirees donated more than $2.9 million to local nonprofit organizations in 2019.

The Live Kōkua Giving Campaign is just one of many community efforts in which Bank of Hawaii participates throughout the year. “Bankoh Blue Crew” employee volunteers donate their personal time throughout the community almost every weekend. As of the first week of December, BOH employees gave nearly 14,000 hours of their time to 137 community service projects.

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