HONOLULU - First Hawaiian Bank last week announced the establishment of the Aloha for Puna fund to assist Big Island residents in the Puna region with relief and recovery efforts following Hurricane Iselle.
The bank has contributed the first $25,000 to the fund. Monetary donations are being accepted at all First Hawaiian Bank branches. All contributions to the fund will be donated to the Hawaii Island United Way, directly benefiting affected residents through their member agencies in Puna.
"Hawaii Island United Way extends a huge heartfelt mahalo to First Hawaiian Bank for establishing this Aloha for Puna fund and also for their very generous donation of $25,000. It jump-starts the fund in a big way," said Jeanine Atebara, Hawaii Island United Way president and chief professional officer.
The Hawaii Red Cross has been distributing supplies and operating a shelter to support individuals and families impacted by the storm. PHOTO BY THE HAWAII RED CROSS.
"We invite everyone who has asked how they can help to consider making a donation to the Aloha for Puna fund."
"Our heart goes out to everyone who was affected by the storm and especially those in the Puna district of the Big Island that got hit the hardest," said Bob Harrison, First Hawaiian Bank chairman, president and chief executive officer.
"We want to help our friends and family members in Puna, many of whom are still dealing with the aftermath, to get their lives back to normal as quickly as possible."
Those interested in making a monetary contribution to the Aloha for Puna fund may do so at any First Hawaiian Bank branch through Sept. 30, 2014. To learn more, visit www.hiunitedway.org.