In Our Community

At Hawaii National Bank, we are proud to give back to the communities that have supported us for more than 50 years. As The Home of Warm-Hearted Bankers, our employees actively volunteer their time with various community organizations.

Here's what we've been up to lately:

Startup Grind Honolulu: September 2016

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We are proud to support Startup Grind Honolulu, which celebrated its launch at a Makers +Tasters event on Sept. 29, 2016. Learn more about this group of entrepreneurs and small-business owners at

Walk to End Alzheimer's (Maui): September 2016

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Our Maui team of Warm-Hearted Bankers got their exercise during the 3-mile Wailuku Walk to End Alzheimer's in support of the Alzheimer's Association on Sept. 24, 2016. More than $31,500 was raised overall by 335 walk participants for Alzheimer's support, care and research.

18th-Annual Oahu Heart Walk: August 2016

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As part of our award-winning wellness program, Hawaii National Bank employees joined more than 2,500 participants in the Oahu Heart Walk on Aug. 13, 2016, in Waikiki to benefit the American Heart Association.

Hawaii Bankers Association Food Drive: April/May 2016

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We were proud to participate in the 9th-annual Hawaii Bankers Association food drive for the Hawaii Foodbank in April/May 2016. With the help of your donations, 287,000 people are served through the Foodbank's programs each year.

Chinese New Year Display and Presentations: January/February 2016


We reached more than 1,700 students during our 34th-annual Chinese New Year presentations in January and February 2016. Above, students from Pearl Ridge Elementary School learn about Chinese culture and history during their visit.

Second-Annual Red Kettle Four-Corner Challenge: February 2016

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With your support, we raised more than $5,400 to benefit The Salvation Army as part of the Second-Annual Red Kettle Four-Corner Challenge in Downtown Honolulu on Dec. 18, 2015. Hawaii National Bank was proud to win the challenge for the 2nd-consecutive year.

Second-Annual Red Kettle Four-Corner Challenge: December 2015


We were proud to help raise funds for The Salvation Army during the 2015 holiday season, including participation in the Second-Annual Red Kettle Four-Corner Challenge in Downtown Honolulu on Dec. 18, 2015. Partner participation at the event included J.J. Dolan's, Royal Kitchen, Char Hung Sut, Eight Point, and Love's Bakery. Mahalo for the support!

Junior Achievement Program at Lehua Elementary School: October 2015

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Hawaii National Bank staff volunteered at Lehua Elementary School with two 5th grade classes for several days in October 2015 as part of our ongoing Junior Achievement Program financial literacy series. Are you a teacher interested in participating or learning more? Give us a call at 528-7887. Programs and materials are free.

Maui Walk to End Alzheimer's: September 2015

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Our Maui branch teams were proud participants in the Walk to End Alzheimer's in September, all wearing their Hawaii National Bank red!

Hawaii Island Employer Worksite Wellness Recognition Event: September 2015

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During the first-ever Hawaii Island Employer Worksite Wellness Recognition Event, our Hawaii Island branches were awarded first place for small business. The recognition was developed by the Mayor's Active Living Council.



Oahu Heart & Stroke Walk: August 2015


More than 45 Hawaii National Bank employees got their hearts pumping at the Oahu Heart & Stroke Walk on Aug. 8, 2015, in Waikiki. We are proud to participate again this year and support the American Heart Association.


The Salvation Army 4-Corner Red Kettle Perpetual Trophy: June 2015

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Do you remember seeing us at the 4-Corner Challenge in Downtown Honolulu this past holiday season? Your contributions helped us earn the first-ever 4-Corner Red Kettle Perpetual Trophy for raising the most money of all four participating banks. We are honored, and want to share a BIG thank you for supporting The Salvation Army.

From left to right: Craig Chong, Salvation Army advisory board chair; Jennifer Hee, Salvation Army executive director of development; Kanoe Takitani-Puahi, Hawaii National Bank product and marketing coordinator; Cheryl Nishita, Hawaii National Bank vice president and director of marketing; Major John Chamness, Salvation Army divisional leader.

Startup Weekend Honolulu: June 19-21, 2015

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Bryan Luke, president and chief operating officer of Hawaii National Bank, addresses a packed house during the opening session of Startup Weekend Honolulu, which ran from June 19-21, 2015. The event offers an opportunity for local entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas and receive feedback. Hawaii National Bank was the title sponsor of the event.


Junior Achievement Program at Lincoln Elementary School: May 2015

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Elementary school students at Lincoln Elementary School completed the Junior Achievement Program led by Hawaii National Bank staff in May 2015. This program helps prepare students for real-world challenges, such as work readiness and financial literacy, through experiential, hands-on learning. Are you a teacher interested in having us visit your school? Contact us at (808) 528-7884 for more information.


'Teach Children to Save' at Linapuni Elementary: May 2015


We had a blast at Linapuni Elementary School in Kuhio Park Terrace in May! Here, Dan Fong, our general corporate counsel and compliance administrator, teaches basic finances to several first-grade classes as part of our ongoing participation in the national Teach Children to Save program.


Hawaii Bankers Association Food Drive for the Hawaii Foodbank

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Hawaii National Bank employees have donated more than 3,800 cans of food (more than 2,100 cans of meat and nearly 1,700 cans of fruits and vegetables) as part of the Hawaii Bankers Association 2015 annual Food Drive to benefit the Hawaii Foodbank.

Beach Cleanup to Commemorate National Volunteer Week 2015

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Hawaii National Bank teamed up with students from the University of Hawaii Shidler College of Business to help beautify Ala Moana Beach Park on April 18, 2015, in honor of National Volunteer Week. This event also provided a valuable time for the finance and business students to network and learn from professionals in the banking industry.

Donation of $1,649.62 to The Salvation Army

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Hawaii National Bank raised $1,649.62 for The Salvation Army over the 2014 holiday season through its participation in the Red Kettle Challenge in Downtown Honolulu and a special donation drive supported by bank customers and employees. From left to right: Jennifer Hee, executive director of development, The Salvation Army – Hawaiian & Pacific Islands; Bryan Luke, president and chief operating officer, Hawaii National Bank; Barbara Wallace, director of donor relations, The Salvation Army – Hawaiian & Pacific Islands; Major John Chamness, divisional leader, The Salvation Army – Hawaiian & Pacific Islands; and Derek Kanehira, vice president and director of human resources, Hawaii National Bank.


American Heart Association's National Wear Red Day

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One in three women die of heart disease and stroke each year, according to the American Heart Association. On Feb. 6, 2015, our branches were proud to join the nationwide movement to help save women’s lives and celebrate AHA’s National Wear Red Day.


33rd-annual Chinese New Year presentations

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We kicked off our 33rd-annual Chinese New Year presentations and award-winning window display on Feb. 6, 2015, at the Main Branch with a visit from Pearl Ridge Elementary School students. Half-hour presentations on Chinese New Year history and culture run weekdays through Feb. 27, 2015, from 8:30–10:30 a.m. and are open to the public. Call 528-7768 for times or to reserve group space.


2014 Toy Drive for Maui United Way

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Hawaii National Bank's Kihei and Kahului branches served as collection points for toy donations to children in need via Maui United Way this holiday season.

2014 Toy Drive for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Hawaii


Hawaii National Bank's branches served as collection points for toys for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Hawaii during the 2014 holiday season. Hawaii's Ronald McDonald House program has assisted more than 10,500 families in the past 27 years, providing them with a home-away-from-home for 110,000 room nights.


2014 Red Kettle Challenge


Members of the Hawaii National Bank leadership team rang the Red Kettle Bell during the Red Kettle Challenge on Nov. 24, 2014, in Downtown Honolulu to raise money for The Salvation Army. One in 11 Hawaii residents receives assistance from The Salvation Army, and the funds raised support the organization's programs and services in Hawaii, Guam, the Marshall Islands and Micronesia. Last year, The Salvation Army assisted a total of 129,349 people in Hawaii with meals, lodging, and items of clothing, furniture and gifts.

2014 Honolulu JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes

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Our Hawaii National Bank team members took to the streets near Kapiolani Park on Nov. 1, 2014, at the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes, in support of type 1 diabetes research and the millions of people affected by this disease. The more than 200 Walks held across the country each year have raised more than $1 billion for research to date.

2014 Maui Keiki's Walk


Our Maui team donned their signature Hawaii National Bank red T-shirts and walked in support of A Keiki's Dream at the Keiki's Walk on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, in Kahului. A Keiki's Dream is a program of the nonprofit Fun Day Foundation, which serves Maui County's children in crisis.

2014 Oahu Heart Walk

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On Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, we turned steps into dollars at the Oahu Heart Walk in Honolulu to support the American Heart Association’s efforts to fight cardiovascular disease. We were proud to join more than 1 million walkers participating in nearly 340 Heart Walk events throughout the country, designed to promote physical activity and heart-healthy living. After being named by Pacific Business News as Hawaii’s Healthiest Employer for companies from 100-499 employees this year, we understand how important it is to stay healthy.

Teach Children to Save 2014

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In support of the American Bankers Association's Teach Children to Save national campaign, our staff became teachers for a day to educate kids about the importance of saving. Young students like those of Waialua Elementary School's first and fourth grade participated in fun, hands-on money lessons and received mini-banks to continue practicing the smart saving habits learned in the classroom at home.

2014 Hilo Heart & Stroke Walk

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In March, our employees on the Big Island took a stand against heart disease and stroke at the 17th Annual Hilo Heart & Stroke Walk at Liliuokalani Gardens. Thanks to walkers and the community’s support, the event raised over $141,000 for life-saving research and initiatives by the American Heart Association.

2013 Holiday Season


Over the 2013 holiday season, with the help of our employees and friends, we raised more than $1,500 to benefit the Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children. During the month of December, our employees participated in a “Casual Day” fundraiser where, in exchange for monetary and toy donations, they could wear casual clothing to work on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013. In addition, our 2013 Holiday eCard featured a “toy workshop” where recipients could build a unique toy and e-mail it to family and friends along with a greeting. We made a donation for each e-card sent. Thank you to all who supported our holiday fundraising efforts.

October 2013 Chinatown Scrub Down
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We joined more than 100 other volunteers at the October 2013 Chinatown Scrub Down event to help beautify Chinatown. Armed with brooms, pans and garbage bags, our team (clad in our signature Hawaii National Bank red shirts) spent a Saturday morning sweeping the sidewalks and picking up garbage throughout the area. Chinatown Newspaper organized the event to improve the area’s image and bring the community together.

20th-Annual American Heart Association Heart Walk
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We laced up our sneakers and got our hearts pumping at Kapiolani Park in August for the Heart Walk to benefit the American Heart Association! Our Hawaii National Bank red tees were a perfect fit for the occasion. More than $432,000 was raised this year by walk participants.

Sixth-Annual Hawaii Bankers Association Food Drive
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We were proud to again participate in the sixth-annual Hawaii Bankers Association Food Drive, with all of our branches serving as collection points throughout April and May 2013 for canned food and monetary donations for the Hawaii Foodbank. For more information on how you can help, visit the Hawaii Foodbank website.


Annual Chinese New Year Presentations at the Main Branch
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We celebrated the Year of the Snake with our annual Main Branch Chinese New Year presentations and award-winning window display this year, a demonstration of Chinese culture and history that has delighted thousands of students and community members each year for more than three decades. The display featured an array of traditional crafts, food and clothing.