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  • Employees And Retirees Celebrated Company's 125th Anniversary By Raising More Than $435,000 For Aloha United Way

Employees and retirees celebrated company's 125th anniversary by raising more than $435,000 for Aloha United Way

Employees also donated 10,300 volunteer hours, 1000 units of blood, and 2907 pounds of food in 2017

Hawaiian Electric employees and retirees raised $435,244 for Aloha United Way during the company's 125th anniversary year which officially began Oct.13, 2016 and ran throughout 2017. The donation will benefit more than 340 nonprofit partner agencies and programs supported by Aloha United Way, the nonprofit agency working to address our community's most pressing issues by bringing resources, organizations and people together to advance the health, education and financial stability of every person in our community.

"Giving back to our communities has been a long standing tradition of Hawaiian Electric and reflects a legacy of caring that started in 1891 when the company was founded," said Tayne Sekimura, Hawaiian Electric senior vice president and chief financial officer. "In addition to employee and retiree donations, proceeds from the sale of anniversary logo wear items, a special edition cookbook, historic photo calendar, golf tournament, online auction, bake sales, a movie day, and other creative employee-led activities helped contribute to the successful fundraising campaign."

"Aloha United Way is very appreciative for the continued years of support that Hawaiian Electric and its employees have provided to our organization and the local community," said Cindy Adams, president and chief executive officer of Aloha United Way. "This donation will be invested in our community to address some of our community's most persistent social issues and to have a positive impact for the future of O╩╗ahu."

Beyond fundraising, last year more than 3400 Hawaiian Electric employees and their families and friends donated 10,300 volunteer hours in support of educational outreach, clean up and restoration of public lands and beaches, serving meals to the homeless, supporting robotics events and more. Employees also gave 1,000 units of blood during year-round blood drives at its Waiau Power Plant and Ward Avenue facilities, and contributed more than $10,000 and 2907 pounds of food to support hungry families in need.

For more than 125 years, Hawaiian Electric has provided the energy that has fueled Hawaiʻi's development from a Hawaiian kingdom to a modern state. Hawaiian Electric and its subsidiaries, Maui Electric and Hawaiʻi Electric Light, serve 95 percent of Hawaiʻi's 1.4 million residents on Oʻahu, Maui, Hawaiʻi Island, Lānaʻi and Molokaʻi. Hawaiian Electric is committed to empowering its customers and communities with affordable, reliable, clean energy and achieving a 100 percent renewable energy future for Hawaiʻi. For more information, visit

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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