HONOLULU, Hawaii (December 15, 2015) – Bank of Hawaii’s Annual Tree Lighting Celebration in downtown Honolulu featured a memorable presentation to 22 of Hawaii’s top charitable organizations. The company’s Live Kōkua Giving Campaign, a five-week fundraising campaign by Bank of Hawaii employees and retirees, raised a record-breaking total of $667,889. Among the recipients was Hawaii’s only wish-granting foundation, Make-A-Wish® Hawaii.
The donation to Make-A-Wish Hawaii comes at an opportune time, as the organization continues to grow its wish granting activities to eligible children and to expand its volunteer program to meet growing requests. In fiscal year 2015, the foundation saw an increase in the number of referrals of eligible children throughout the State, and set another consecutive record for number of local wishes granted in addition to assisting children hosted in Hawaii from around the world.
While the record numbers of “wish kids” visiting from other Make-A-Wish chapters make the Hawaii chapter one of the busiest in the nation, all donations from the Hawaii community, such as that of Bank of Hawaii’s Live Kōkua Giving Campaign, remain in Hawaii to support the granting of wishes of Hawaii’s keiki.
“Our mission is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions, and our vision here in Hawaii is to grant the wish of each and every eligible child in our state,” said Siana Hunt, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish Hawaii. “We get closer to making that vision a reality every day with the compassion and generosity of Hawaii businesses like the Bank of Hawaii and its employees, who are our heroes because of all they do to enhance the quality of life for the people of our community. There are currently 103 local keiki today waiting for their one true wish, and campaigns like the Live Kōkua Giving Campaign are bringing these wishes to life. On behalf of our wish children and their families, thank you!”
The Bank of Hawaii’s Live Kōkua Giving Campaign is just one of many community service projects in which company participates throughout the year. Over the past six years, Bank of Hawaii employees and retirees have raised more than $4 million for nonprofits in the local community.