Maui Specialty Chocolates Receives $10,000 Back2Business Grant from Fiserv Presented by Bank of Hawaii
Small business grant celebrates Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
May 22nd, 2023
In recognition of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Bank of Hawaii presented local business Maui Specialty Chocolates with a $10,000 grant from Fiserv as part of the Fiserv Back2Business program.
Fiserv, Inc. (NASDAQ: FISV) is a leading global provider of payments and financial services technology solutions, including the popular Clover point-of-sale and business management platform, and a Bank of Hawaii technology provider.
Founded by husband-and-wife Anthony and Valerie Jones in 1990, Maui Specialty Chocolates, based in Kahului, is Maui’s premier manufacturer of high-quality treats and well known for its mochi, which is made fresh daily. Bank of Hawaii selected Maui Specialty Chocolates for a Back2Business grant because the owners are well respected within the Maui community. Anthony and Valerie also give back to others through a non-profit organization, Zenshin Daiko, which teaches local youths to play taiko drums.
“This grant will allow us to continue to manufacture our gourmet chocolates and mochi using only the freshest local ingredients,” said Valerie Jones, owner of Maui Specialty Chocolates. “Our business is a passion project for us, and as a family-run operation this grant is a most welcome surprise. We only sell our products from our store and nowhere else, so our customers are always getting a unique taste of Maui.”
Born and raised on Maui, Valerie worked in some of the island’s most prestigious hotels making pastries and desserts, and made chocolates at home to give to friends and relatives. These were so well received that people told Valerie she should sell her chocolates — and Maui Specialty Chocolates was born. Initially, Anthony and Valerie made custom chocolates for luxury resorts and hotels before opening a retail store to sell directly to the public. Valerie makes virtually every piece of chocolate herself, ensuring that only chocolates of the highest quality go into the box.
“Maui Specialty Chocolates has weathered economic cycles, a pandemic, and the entrance of big-box stores, and through it all Tony and Valerie have remained resilient and dedicated to their craft,” said Rian DuBach, Bank of Hawaii’s SVP/Island Director. “Tony and Valerie epitomize what a local company can be, crafting excellent local products and giving back to the community.”
“We are proud to support a small business that embodies the best of Maui,” said Neil Wilcox, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Fiserv. “Providing resources and funding is one way we can help small businesses continue to thrive, and we are honored to give back in conjunction with our client Bank of Hawaii, which serves the local business community so well.”
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