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Hawaiian Electric employees and retirees raised record $518,000 for Aloha United Way

A year-long campaign in 2016 led by Hawaiian Electric employees with support from retirees raised $518,000 for Aloha United Way (AUW), the nonprofit agency addressing our community's biggest challenges such as poverty prevention and homelessness. The amount represents a 15 percent increase from the year prior employee fundraising effort, and the highest campaign total to date by Hawaiian Electric.

"Every year, our employees find creative ways to raise funds for Aloha United Way and give back to the community," said Shelee Kimura, senior vice president -- business development and strategic planning. "They certainly raise the bar when it comes to volunteerism because many of these fundraisers are held after hours, on weekends, and even holidays. I couldn't be prouder of our employees and retirees who gave of their time, talent, and treasure to support our community."

For its efforts, Hawaiian Electric along with parent company Hawaiian Electric Industries and subsidiary American Savings Bank, were honored on May 4 at Sheraton Waikiki with the AUW Spirit of Community Hoʻokela Award for Large Business. This category is given in recognition of the company's overall achievement in striving for excellence through increased employee participation and increased dollars raised.

"We are truly humbled by the continuous support and efforts on behalf of Hawaiian Electric and its employees along with its parent company Hawaiian Electric Industries and subsidiary American Savings Bank," said Cindy Adams, AUW president and CEO. "Their employee generosity and commitment year after year allows Aloha United Way to invest much needed resources into our community to help those in need."

In addition to e-pledge donations, Hawaiian Electric employees and retirees raised monies through cookie and hot dog sales, custom logo t-shirt and polo shirt sales, movie screenings, an online silent auction, a golf tournament, and a fundraiser cookbook.

Hawaiian Electric is a leading Hawaiʻi employer with more than 2,600 employees across its service territories.

Photo: Hawaiian Electric employees raised a record $518,000 for Aloha United Way during a year-long campaign in 2016. Standing left to right: Shelee Kimura, Hawaiian Electric senior vice president -- business development and strategic planning; Alan Oshima, Hawaiian Electric president & CEO; Cindy Adams, AUW president & CEO; Scott Seu, Hawaiian Electric senior vice president -- public affairs; Robert Young, Hawaiian Electric manager -- operations compliance; and Darren Ishimura -- Hawaiian Electric manager -- grid technologies. Photo credit: Travis Nishida.

About Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO)
For more than 100 years, Hawaiian Electric Company has provided the energy that has fueled the islands' development from a Hawaiian kingdom to a modern state. Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. (HECO), and its subsidiaries, Maui Electric Company, Ltd. (MECO), and Hawaii Electric Light Company, Inc. (HELCO), serves 95% of the state's 1.2 million residents on the islands of O`ahu, Maui, Hawai`i Island, Lana`i and Moloka`i.

The energy we use is an essential but limited resource necessary to maintaining our quality of life. In a changing world, Hawaiian Electric has evolved to offer more than electricity.

Today, the company also provides energy solutions to help customers save money and use energy more efficiently. Hawaiian Electric also continues to pursue the use of more clean, renewable energy alternatives to help ensure a sustainable future for our islands.


Hawaiian Electric Company is dedicated to our community in which we live, work and serve. Rooted in Hawaii and one of the largest companies in the State, Hawaiian Electric takes the concept of malama pono -- to care for and serve -- to heart. The company and our employees have a long tradition of contributing with dollars, time and talent. Corporate citizenship is crucial to Hawaiian Electric's overall business plan because strong communities are essential to the success of the company, our employees and our customers.

Company and employee volunteerism is encouraged and every month, employees walk, run or provide manpower to dozens of non-profits throughout the State. Hawaiian Electric's corporate giving philosophy gives priority to projects that help families, promote education and protect the environment.

The company also sponsors robotics programs and events that promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) education, as well as the SunPower for Schools program bringing solar electric power to select schools, the Solar Sprint event where students design, build and race cars using solar power, and the Home Energy Challenge, a school-based competition encouraging elementary school students and their families to reduce energy use at home, among other programs.

For nearly a decade, Hawaiian Electric volunteers have provided manpower, bucket trucks and ladders to install Christmas lights at the Kaimuki Community Park and playground before the annual Kaimuki Christmas Parade in December.

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