First Hawaiian Bank donates $50,000 to assist displaced residents on the big island

Donation to support Child and Family Service Relief Efforts

First Hawaiian Bank is contributing $50,000 to provide support to the residents displaced by the recent volcano eruption on the Big Island, according to an announcement today by Bob Harrison, First Hawaiian Bank chairman and chief executive officer. The bank has partnered with Child and Family Service to offer direct assistance to affected residents with transitional housing and counseling for individuals and families with children experiencing trauma.

“This contribution and partnership with Child and Family Service is intended to provide needed relief to the residents directly affected by the recent volcanic activity. As a team, our employees will continue to assist our friends and neighbors recovering from the aftermath of flooding on Kauai and East Oahu,” said Harrison.

“This generous donation from First Hawaiian Bank is critical to helping families meet their immediate and pressing needs in the midst of the uncertainty and fear that so many are experiencing on the Big Island,” said Karen Tan, President & CEO of Child & Family Service. “The funds will directly support the physical as well as emotional needs of families who are experiencing trauma from the earthquakes and volcanic activity. CFS is part of the local community and our staff members are on the ground in Hilo and surrounding areas to serve those in need. We will work with families who have been displaced to help them to receive funds for crucial needs such as food, clothing, basic supplies and housing support as soon as possible.”

The bank will continue to monitor the situation to assess the changing needs of the community and to determine other ways in which the community can come together to assist those in need as we are doing together in Kauai and East Oahu. First Hawaiian’s Community Care employee volunteer program will also be sending out volunteers in the affected communities to lend a hand where needed.

Customers who were affected may contact First Hawaiian for assistance through the bank’s loan relief program.

If you would like to donate to help Hawai’i Island through Child & Family Service, click here.

Hawai‘i Island residents, if you are in need of available resources please call the Recovery Information and Assistance Center at Pahoa Community Center at (808) 965-9771. The Center is also available Mondays through Fridays, 9 am to 3 pm, where you will be able to complete a County Assessment Form and CFS Financial Needs Assessment Form.

Resources are limited, and needs will be determined through the Recovery Information and Assistance Center, with various agencies working together to identify and allocate agency resources support available through the coordinated County and community system. Priority for CFS assistance is being given to families who were evacuated from mandatory zones or whose homes were destroyed by the eruption.

In other media:
Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Pacific Business News
Big Island Now

First Hawaiian Bank ( was founded in 1858 as Bishop & Co. and today is Hawaii’s leading bank offering a comprehensive suite of banking services to consumer and commercial customers, including deposit products, lending, wealth management, insurance, private banking and trust services. The bank operates 57 branches in Hawaii, three on Guam and two on Saipan. First Hawaiian, Inc. (NASDAQ: FHB), the parent company of First Hawaiian Bank, is the largest publicly traded company based in Hawaii.

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