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Hawaiian Electric gives back to the community

Contributions, people power and volunteerism efforts for 2015

During 2015, Hawaiian Electric donated more than $755,000 in corporate contributions to non-profit and community organizations across Oʻahu, including $48,000 donated in the last quarter to support community services provided by Blood Bank of Hawaiʻi, Boys & Girls Club of Hawaiʻi, Hale Kipa, Hawaiʻi Cord Blood Bank, Hawaiʻi Literacy, Marimed Foundation and The Trust for Public Land. The Company's total contributions for 2015 include $103,000 for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) educational activities, initiatives and programs.

Throughout the past year, more than 2,000 Hawaiian Electric employees and their ‘ohana contributed 10,659 volunteer hours to assist with 166 Hawaiian Electric community service projects across the island, such as serving meals at the Institute for Human Services, fundraising for various charitable organizations, spearheading food drives, donating blood, organizing and participating in community workdays, and more.

In recognition of exemplary volunteer service to the community, the HEI Charitable Foundation also honored three Hawaiian Electric employees as its 2015 "Kokua Community Champions" and made a $1,000 donation to nonprofit organizations selected by the employee:

  • Robert Kahawaiʻi was recognized for his outstanding leadership and efforts in supporting homeless shelters along the Leeward Coast of Oʻahu. For the past four years, Robert has organized an annual Memorial Day Hukilau for teenagers from homeless shelters, arranging transportation to Laie, organizing games, mentoring, fishing, and preparing most of the food (with help from his wife). Robert selected Papahana Kuaola, Paepae o Heʻeia, Koolauloa Hawaiian Civic Club, and Koolauloa Educational Alliance Corporation to share the donation. Robert is a project manager for maintenance overhauls, and lives in Windward Oʻahu.
  • John Luʻuwai was recognized for his exceptional and tireless volunteer efforts in the community and within Hawaiian Electric. John initiated and leads an annual Christmas book drive for children at homeless shelters on the Leeward Coast, collecting new and gently used books, CDs and DVDs, and delivering them to the shelters. He also initiated and plans the Hukilau working with Robert. John served as a Native Hawaiian student mentor at Leeward Community College, organized Kahe's Farrington roadside Adopt a Highway, and also coordinated the UH College of Engineering high school summer interns tour of Hawaiian Electric facilities. John selected Royal Hawaiian Academy of Traditional Arts, Papahana Kuaola, and Paepape o Heʻeia to share the donation. At Hawaiian Electric, John is a senior engineer, generation project development. He lives in Windward Oʻahu.
  • Tammy Miyashiro was recognized for her initiative undertaking company fundraising activities and supporting local community sports. When unable to attend a company-sponsored fundraiser event, Tammy finds alternative ways to participate, such as making a monetary contribution or providing snacks for the volunteers. In her spare time, Tammy volunteers as a certified USA swim-meet officiant. Tammy selected the Hawaii Foodbank to receive the $1,000 donation. She is a budget/project analyst in the Renewable Acquisition Department, and a resident of Aiea.

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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