FHB celebrates anniversary with $160K gift

HONOLULU — First Hawaiian Bank is celebrating its 160th Anniversary by making a $160,000 donation to Bishop Museum, according to an announcement today by Bob Harrison, First Hawaiian Bank chairman and CEO.

Charles Reed Bishop founded First Hawaiian Bank on Aug. 17, 1858 and Bishop Museum in 1889.

“This is a significant moment in First Hawaiian’s history and we look forward to the next 160 years of serving our customers,” Harrison said. “This $160,000 gift to Bishop Museum commemorates our bank’s 160th anniversary and honors Charles Reed Bishop’s vision to support our community and preserve the Hawaiian culture for future generations. We are proud to continue this legacy of support in recognition of the enduring impact Bishop Museum has had on our local and global communities.”

Melanie Y. Ide, Bishop Museum president and CEO, said “First Hawaiian Bank has been a longtime partner and supporter of Bishop Museum. We’re thrilled to be a part of this special milestone honoring our shared founder, Charles Reed Bishop, and are very grateful for this wonderful gift.”

The Bishop Museum is in its final year of implementing its Strategic Business Plan which will allow the organization to build a financially sustainable foundation for future growth and increased capacity in serving as a community resource and partner in the areas of public education, research, living culture and environmental conservation.

Charles Reed Bishop, a businessman and philanthropist, was the visionary who established Bishop &Co., Hawaii’s first bank, now known as First Hawaiian Bank.

He went on to found the Bishop Museum in 1889 as a tribute to his late wife, Hawaiian Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, who was the last descendant of the royal Kamehameha family.

What began as a repository for royal family heirlooms, Bishop Museum today is the Hawaii State Museum of Natural and Cultural History with the world’s largest collection of Polynesian cultural artifacts and natural history specimens.

Charles Reed Bishop’s vision for both First Hawaiian Bank and Bishop Museum were rooted in his love for the people of Hawaii and these islands.

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