In Brief | Business 11-20-12


First Hawaii pledges $2.5M to community

First Hawaiian Bank hs pledged to donate $2.5 million to community causes in 2013 to achieve its goal of $10 million for charity in four years. For the third year in a row, First Hawaiian Bank and its employees have contributed more than $2.5 million to 400 charities in Hawaii, Guam and Saipan, bringing its total donation to $7.5 million in just three years, according to an announcement by Bob Harrison, First Hawaiian Bank president and chief executive officer.

In 2012, 98 percent of First Hawaiian Bank employees participated in Kokua Mai, the bank’s annual employee giving campaign, up from 96 percent participation year prior. The employees and retirees contributed a record $605,000, with donations still coming in, for 37 local community nonprofits, achieving 123 percent of the campaign’s goal.

UFO Parasail raises funds for Food Basket

UFO Parasail in Kailua-Kona held aone-day-only kamaaina special Nov. 11 with all proceeds from parasail rides taken by residents going to The Food Basket Inc., Hawaii’s Food Bank.

“Thanks to all the residents who participated, we were able to donate $453.50 to the Food Basket,” said Manager Briana Thomas.