The holiday giving season has officially begun with First Hawaiian Bank, its employees, retirees and foundation donating more than $1 million to benefit 34 charities as part of the bank’s annual Kokua Mai employee giving campaign.
Employees and retirees raised $722,163 of the $1 million, an amount that surpasses the campaign goal by $171,193. Since Kokua Mai’s inception in 2007, bank employees and retirees have donated more than $6.1 million to support charities in Hawaii, Guam and the CNMI, according to an announcement today by Bob Harrison, First Hawaiian Bank chairman and chief executive officer.
“Our employees and retirees are excited to be starting off the holiday giving season with this gift to our 34 Kokua Mai charities in recognition of the important work they do in providing programs and services to help those in our community who need it most,” said Harrison. “This gift demonstrates our commitment to the communities that we serve and continues a legacy of giving that began when our bank was founded over 158 years ago.”
In 2016, 99 percent of First Hawaiian Bank employees made monetary contributions in the giving campaign, a record participation rate. The bank, its Foundation and employees annually donate more than $3.5 million to over 400 charities making it one of the largest corporate contributors to charity in Hawaii, Guam and the CNMI.
Each year the bank’s 57 Hawaii branches serve as collection points for various charitable causes including the Star-Advertiser Good Neighbor Fund, Special Olympics, and Hawaii Foodbank.