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First Hawaiian Bank employees and retirees give over $700K to Charities

HONOLULU, Hawaii (Press Release) — First Hawaiian Bank employees and retirees contributed $756,679 to 34 charities as part of the bank’s annual Kokua Mai employee giving campaign.

Since Kokua Mai’s inception in 2007, bank employees and retirees have donated more than $6.9 million to support charities in Hawaii, Guam and the CNMI, according to an announcement by Bob Harrison, First Hawaiian Bank chairman and chief executive officer.

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From left,  Bob Harrison, First Hawaiian Bank chairman and CEO, First Hawaiian Bank employees Lylia Ishihara and Sharleen Anderson, and Iris Matsumoto, First Hawaiian Bank executive vice president, human resources division.  First Hawaiian Bank photo

“All of us at First Hawaiian are thrilled to be kicking off the holiday giving season with this gift to support 34 Kokua Mai agencies,” said Harrison. “Giving back to the communities we serve is a long-standing tradition that our employees proudly continue today. Many of our employees also choose to volunteer their time and talents to help various non-profits throughout the year.”

For the second year in a row, 99 percent of First Hawaiian Bank employees made monetary contributions to assist Kokua Mai charities.

The bank, its employees, and the First Hawaiian Bank Foundation annually donate more than $4.0 million to over 400 charities making it one of the largest corporate contributors to charity in Hawaii.

Each year the bank’s branches serve as collection points for various charitable causes including the Star-Advertiser Good Neighbor Fund during the holiday season, and Special Olympics. The bank also made the first donation of $25,000 to establish the Aloha Relief for Harvey Fund to support recovery and relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

First Hawaiian Bank’s Kokua Mai giving program was started in 2007 to ensure 100 percent of their employee donations go directly to local charities. The internal online giving program is completely run by employees with all administrative costs covered by the bank. This year’s Kokua Mai campaign ran from October 1 through October 31 with employees conducting department fundraisers throughout the four-week period.

2017 First Hawaiian Bank Kokua Mai Charities

American Red Cross, Hawaii, Guam & Northern Mariana Islands Chapters

Aloha Harvest

Aloha United Way

Ayuda Foundation

Big Brothers, Big Sisters Hawaii

Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii

Catholic Charities

Child and Family Service

Domestic Violence Action Center

Easter Seals Hawaii

Family Programs Hawaii

Goodwill Industries of Hawaii Inc.

Hale Makua

Hawaii Children’s Cancer Foundation

Hawaii Foodbank

Hawaii Island United Way


Imua Family Services

Kama`aina Kids

Kauai Hospice

Kauai United Way

Lanai Community Association

Make-A-Wish Hawaii and Guam

Maui United Way

Prevent Child Abuse Hawaii

Palama Settlement

Pali Momi Women’s Center Fund

Salvation Army, Hawaiian & Pacific Island Division

Special Olympics Hawaii, Inc.

Teach for America

Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center

First Hawaiian Bank ( was founded in 1858 as Bishop & Co. and today is Hawaii’s leading bank offering a comprehensive suite of banking services to consumer and commercial customers, including deposit products, lending, wealth management, insurance, private banking and trust services. The bank operates 57 branches in Hawaii, three on Guam and two on Saipan. First Hawaiian, Inc. (NASDAQ: FHB), the parent company of First Hawaiian Bank, is the largest publicly traded company based in Hawaii.