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GROW Account

A simple way to grow your savings

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minimum opening deposit of $25

Before you begin...

If you have an account, make sure you select "Click Here" next to the question "Are you an existing Customer?"

And have one of these ready:

  • Debit Card and PIN
  • e-Bankoh login username and password
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At Bank of Hawaii, we strive to offer you innovative financial solutions that help you grow your financial wellness. Our new GROW account is just one component of our new GROW Program.

A Simple Way to Grow Your Savings

Step 1: Click "Open now" to sign up for a GROW account

Step 2: Start saving

Step 3: Get rewarded!

When you save $500, you'll get a one-time reward of $50 into your GROW account. Save $1,000, and you'll receive an additional one-time reward of $100.

Open now

Before you begin:  If you have an account, make sure you “Click Here” next to the question “Are you an existing Customer?” and use either Debit Card and PIN or e-Bankoh login credentials when opening the account.

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Questions?

Do I need to open a new account to get this reward?

Yes: this reward is exclusive to the EASE by Bank of Hawaii GROW Account and will not be deposited into any other account or paid in cash.

For employees who already have an EASE account and who would like to participate in the GROW program, please set up a new EASE by Bank of Hawaii GROW Account (it comes with a white card), and is designated specifically for the emergency rainy day fund reward.

May I open up a joint GROW account?

The Ease by Bank of Hawaii Grow Account can only be set up through the BOH portal in the employee’s name as a sole account.

When is the reward deposited into my EASE GROW account?

Rewards will be deposited to GROW accounts in August and February.  Please note that you must be a BOH employee at the time the deposit is made.

Is this a one-time payment?

Yes, you will receive a one-time reward of $50 when you save $500, and an additional one-time reward of $100 when you save $1,000. The total possible amount of the reward is $150. If you save $1,000 before the $50 reward is deposited for saving $500, you will receive the entire one-time reward of $150.

Do I get more if I save more (i.e. $2,000)?

At this time, there is no additional reward for savings over the $1,000.  You will receive a one-time reward of $50 when you save $500, and an additional one-time reward of $100 when you save $1,000. The total possible amount of the reward is $150. There are no additional rewards for saving more.

Do I get taxed on the reward amounts that are deposited to my GROW Account?

The reward amounts deposited to your GROW Account are considered compensation and you are responsible for the taxes.  However, Bank of Hawaii will ‘gross up’ the reward and pay you additional monies to cover the taxes.  

Do I need to open a new account to get this reward?

Yes: this reward is exclusive to the EASE by Bank of Hawaii GROW Account and will not be deposited into any other account or paid in cash.

For employees who already have an EASE account and who would like to participate in the GROW program, please set up a new EASE by Bank of Hawaii GROW Account (it comes with a white card), and is designated specifically for the emergency rainy day fund reward.

May I open up a joint GROW account?

The Ease by Bank of Hawaii Grow Account can only be set up through the BOH portal in the employee’s name as a sole account.

When is the reward deposited into my EASE GROW account?

Rewards will be deposited to GROW accounts in August and February.  Please note that you must be a BOH employee at the time the deposit is made.

Is this a one-time payment?

Yes, you will receive a one-time reward of $50 when you save $500, and an additional one-time reward of $100 when you save $1,000. The total possible amount of the reward is $150. If you save $1,000 before the $50 reward is deposited for saving $500, you will receive the entire one-time reward of $150.

Do I get more if I save more (i.e. $2,000)?

At this time, there is no additional reward for savings over the $1,000.  You will receive a one-time reward of $50 when you save $500, and an additional one-time reward of $100 when you save $1,000. The total possible amount of the reward is $150. There are no additional rewards for saving more.

Do I get taxed on the reward amounts that are deposited to my GROW Account?

The reward amounts deposited to your GROW Account are considered compensation and you are responsible for the taxes.  However, Bank of Hawaii will ‘gross up’ the reward and pay you additional monies to cover the taxes.  

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Spending

Spend less than your income.  Pay all of your bills on-time.

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A majority (54%) of Hawaii residents spent equal to or more than their income.  This compares unfavorably to the national figure of 46% and reflects the relatively high cost of living in Hawaii comprised primarily of housing (18%-23%), child care (13%-20%), food (16%-17%), and transportation (9%) expenses. Let us suggest ways for you to spend less than your income and pay all of your bills on-time.*

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Particularly in Hawaii where housing prices are among the highest in the nation and wages are constrained, many residents are forced to take on large debt loads. Having a prime credit score, e.g., 700 or higher, is necessary for access to the lowest cost financial products. Although Hawaii residents do better than their national peers in terms of having a prime credit score, there is still opportunity for people to learn how to improve and maintain a prime credit score.*

Savings

Save enough to cover 3 months of living expenses.

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As a general rule-of-thumb, saving 3 months or even 6 months of living expenses is important to cover a financial shock. A financial shock is an unforeseen income drop or expense item. A significant amount of Hawaii residents (35%) do not have enough savings to cover 3 months of living expenses. Let us suggest ways for you to save for an emergency and save for your retirement.*

Planning

Have appropriate insurance. Plan ahead for expenses.

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Hawaii residents are less confident than their national peers that they have insurance policies that will provide sufficient support in case of an emergency. Approximately half (49%) of Hawaii residents reported that they were not confident in their insurance policies compared with 42% nationally. Although Hawaii residents (65%) plan their finances ahead better than their national peers (59%), they are likely to have less financial margin to face financial shocks.*

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*This data is part of the Hawaii Financial Health Pulse 2019 Survey, developed by the Financial Health Network. The content of this web page is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the Financial Health Network.

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