WAI‘ANAE, Hawaii (BoH) — More than 450 students at Wai‘anae High School participated in a valuable financial literacy course on Tuesday, taught by 35 volunteers from Bank of Hawai‘i for SmartMoney Lesson Day. (https://f.io/odDEIwoW)

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Lono Kealoha, vice president and corporate compliance officer at Bank of Hawai‘i, leads a SmartMoney Lesson Day session at Wai‘anae High School.

All 18 of the 11th grade English classrooms were led by bank employees for an hour so the students could learn how to “Get Smart About Credit.” The lesson plan covered key topics for older teenagers — understanding credit reports and credit scores, protecting your financial identity, budgeting, and financing a college education.

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Bank of Hawai‘i vice president and director of East/Windward branch markets, Catherine Sato, share valuable lessons about understanding credit scores and budgeting.

“It is important that teens understand credit — its value and the impact it can have on their lives — before they graduate high school and become independent adults. Many of our students wouldn’t receive this sort of specialized financial education without SmartMoney Lesson Day. We are grateful to the experts at Bank of Hawai‘i who volunteered their time to teach these life lessons to our entire junior class here at Wai‘anae High School,” said Tyson Arasato, Wai‘anae High School teacher.

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Financing a college education was covered by Bank of Hawai‘i vice president and senior manager of West O‘ahu branch market, Virgie White.

In recent weeks, Bank of Hawai‘i volunteers have shared the “Get Smart About Credit” curriculum to students in 11 schools across Hawai‘i, Guam and Saipan. SmartMoney Lesson Day is an engaging, interactive exploration of the concepts of money, which is designed to promote personal financial education in middle and high school. The program provides age-appropriate curriculum to help youth learn the basics of handling their money and finances, including how to create positive relationships with financial institutions.

Since 2009, Bank of Hawai‘i has provided unique financial educational opportunities every year to public schools across the state of Hawai‘i, only pausing for two years due to the pandemic.

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Bank of Hawai‘i volunteers taught all 11th grade English classes at Wai‘anae High School how to “Get Smart About Credit” during Tuesday’s SmartMoney Lesson Day.

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