KUW looking for superheroes

LIHUE — Lynette Medrano-Stine found a superhero on Wednesday.

But it didn’t come in the form of a caped crusader. 

Rather, it looked a whole lot more like a banker. 

First Hawaiian Bank, represented by Paul Endo, donated $20,000 to the Kauai United Way at its Lihue Branch.

“By making this important corporate contribution, First Hawaiian Bank demonstrates that they care about their customers, employees and the entire community here on Kauai,” said Scott Giarman, KUW executive director.

United Way’s fundraising campaign runs though March.

Medrano-Stine, Kauai United Way Campaign development director said Wednesday’s donation was definitely heroic-like.

“We need to find more superheroes,” Medrano-Stine said.

Giarman said, over the past three years, First Hawaiian Bank has upped its support. Besides the large donation, the bank’s employees donate to United Way on their own.

Their efforts help United Way, an umbrella charitable organization whose participating agencies offer social service programs that helps tens of thousands of Kauai people each year.

“There is absolutely no question in my mind that these good people truly care and have the very best interest for those in need on Kauai,” Medrano-Stine said.

The 2014 Kauai United Way Annual Campaign has raised 86 percent of its goal of $700,000, 6 percent more than the record result of the 2013 campaign.

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