LIHUE — Bank of Hawaii employees believe in the Kauai United Way and the work it does for the community, said Donna Tanoue, president of the Bank of Hawaii Foundation.
The Bank of Hawaii, represented by Clifton Arruda on behalf of Tanoe and Sonia Topenio, Wanda Fujimoto and Pamela Yasay, offered an award of $12,304 to the Kauai United Way toward its annual campaign.
Of the total, $10,557 represents cash contributions received during the Bank of Hawaii 2017 Live Kokua Giving Campaign. The balance of $1,747 represents employee pledges made through payroll deductions.
The Bank of Hawaii Live Kokua program has Bank of Hawaii employees sponsoring efforts of nonprofits in the communities it serves. The program also funds, organizaes and hosts events to benefit worthy causes with the assistance of its Bank of Hawaii volunteers, the Bankoh Blue Crew.
“The Bank of Hawaii has been a great supporter of our entire community through the Kauai United Way,” said Scott Giarman, Kauai United Way executive director. “They have done this for as long as anyone can remember.”
Giarman said the 2017 donation represents an annual increase of nearly 10 percent in actual dollars since the 2015 Campaign. It also is a 42 percent increase in per capita donations, which means more money with fewer employees.
“We are tremendously grateful to the Kauai management and associates of Bank of Hawaii for achieving such a successful campaign,” said Lynette Medrano-Stine, the Kauai United Way Campaign development director and community liaison.
Kauai United Way’s annual campaign has a goal of $650,000. Funds raised on Kauai stay on Kauai to help the Kauai United Way Partner Agencies offer an array of more than 80 individual social service programs.