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Bank of Hawaii awards funds to non-profits

By Staff | Jul 8, 2010

Pictured at the check presentation are (from left): Kevin Baptist of Bank of Hawaii; Marc Chesick, John Decker and Rebecca Woods of Maui Economic Concerns of the Community; Kathy Merritt of Maui County Salvation Army; Tony Krieg of Hale Makua Health Services; Mark Merritt of Maui County Salvation Army; Al Landon of Bank of Hawaii; Darby Gill of Fun Day Foundation, A Keiki’s Dream; Mette Lyons (widow of Mike Lyons); Alec McBarnet of Hale Makua Health Services; Peter Ho of Bank of Hawaii; and Anders Lyons, the son of Mike Lyons. Photo courtesy of Bank of Hawaii.

HONOLULU — Bank of Hawaii announced four Maui County non-profits received this year’s Bank of Hawaii Mike Lyons Maui Community Awards.

The total donation was doubled this year to $20,000 to be shared equally among the four awardees.

Fun Day Foundation, A Keiki’s Dream; Hale Makua Health Services; Maui County Salvation Army; and Maui Economic Concerns of the Community were each awarded a $5,000 check at a presentation ceremony at the home of Kristina and Thomas Lambert in Makawao.

Al Landon, Bank of Hawaii’s chairman and CEO, said, “To address the greater need in our communities during these challenging economic times, Bank of Hawaii increased the amount of the Mike Lyons Maui Community Award this year so we could better serve a greater number of community organizations. Each of these organizations has a strong dedication to the Maui community and its people, and we are excited to present them with this year’s Mike Lyons Award.”

The award is presented annually by Bank of Hawaii in honor of the late, retired Bank of Hawaii Senior Vice President and Maui District Manager Michael H. Lyons II. 

A dedicated community leader, Lyons served as a role model throughout his 41-year career with the bank.

Anders Lyons said, “My father spent his career putting Bank of Hawaii’s resources to work improving the lives of people in Maui County. This generous award continues his legacy of involvement by supporting the nonprofit community which he felt was the backbone of a healthy and happy Maui County. My family greatly appreciates everything that Bank of Hawaii continues to do for the betterment of our community.”

The Fun Day Foundation, A Keiki’s Dream serves Maui County’s neediest children by granting the fulfillment of a dream to children in crisis.

Hale Makua Health Services, a leader in the field of elder care, continues to grow to meet the expanding and changing health care needs of people of all ages.

The Maui County Salvation Army operates numerous programs, including those for youth and the homeless, and social service programs to help those in need of financial assistance.

Maui Economic Concerns of the Community provides programs and services to assist low-income families on Maui overcome the challenges of homelessness.

The award is open to any nonprofit 501(c) (3) tax-exempt organization in Maui County. Selection is based on exemplary leadership demonstrated by the organization’s executive director, effective fulfillment of the organization’s mission and the organization’s commitment to staff development and training.