Feb 23, 2018 | PC Community

By First Hawaiian Bank:

Who do you call when you’ve got a big project that needs a helping hand? 

First Hawaiian Bank’s Community Care volunteers to the rescue!

The 30 homes were built, residents had moved in, but there was all this dirt and rocks everywhere.  This Saturday, 200 First Hawaiian Bank Community Care volunteers will help transform Kahauiki Village into a beautiful place for all of its residents to enjoy.  Volunteers will be doing landscaping and planting hundreds of native plants which have all been donated.  

Kahauiki Village is Hawaii’s first-of-its-kind project to provide sustainable housing for homeless families at Sand Island using recycled emergency homes which previously housed Tohoku Japan tsunami victims.  The homes use electricity powered by powerful Tessla batteries. 


DATE:              Saturday, February 24, 2018

8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

8:00 a.m.:  Remarks by Duane Kurisu, Founder Kahauki project and Eric Yeaman, FHB President & Chief Operating Officer.

WHAT: Come witness Kahauiki Village being transformed through landscaping and the installation of hundreds of donated native plants to beautify the campus and provide a beautiful environment for its residents.  200 volunteers divided into 14 teams will tackle the entire area, covering it with lush greenery and flowers.

WHO: 200 volunteers from First Hawaiian Bank’s Community Care employee volunteer service program. 

First Hawaiian Bank’s Community Care Employee Volunteer Service Program was started in 2014. Each year, teams of bank employees partner with non-profits to assist with community service activities throughout Hawaii, Guam and Saipan. 

Last year, in preparation of the first residents moving into Kahauiki Village, Community Care volunteers assisted the Institute of Human Services with assembling 100 welcome boxes containing new dishes, silverware, cups, frying pans, mixing bowls, measuring spoons, etc. — everything needed to set up a kitchen.  First Hawaiian Bank Foundation provided the funding to purchase the items in each box and every Kahauiki home received one of these special welcome boxes.

WHERE: 2325 North Nimitz Highway


About Kahauiki Village

Inspired by the plantation lifestyle of Hawaii's past, aio Foundation in collaboration with the State of Hawaii, the City & County of Honolulu and numerous private companies and community organizations is responding to Hawaii's homeless crisis. Kahauiki Village offers a sustainable community with a strong network of neighborhood resources and services. This unique and innovative approach can be used as a model to solve homelessness in Hawaii and throughout the U.S. For more information, visit www.kahauiki.org.

About aio Foundation

aio Foundation is a registered 501(c)3 charitable organization supporting a broad range of community projects and leading the effort to address the issue of homelessness in Hawaii.

First Hawaiian Bank

First Hawaiian Bank (www.fhb.com) was founded in 1858 as Bishop & Co. and today is Hawaii’s largest and leading bank offering a comprehensive suite of banking services to consumer and commercial customers, including deposit products, lending, wealth management, insurance, private banking and trust services.  The bank operates 57 branches in Hawaii, three on Guam and two on Saipan.  First Hawaiian, Inc. (NASDAQ:  FHB) is the parent company of First Hawaiian Bank.


Photo by Barry Villamil | [email protected]

Duane Kurisu, Kahauiki Village founder and organizer will speak on Saturday at the Kahauiki Village, First Hawaiian Bank Community Care volunteer workday. Kurisu is pictured speaking at the Kahauiki Village blessing and grand opening to the first 30 families who moved into the project in early January, 2018.