Kahiau Campaign Raises $35,254 for PIDF

about - (Thu) April 25, 2019

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From left to right: Michelle Bartell (ASB First VP & Director of Communications & Community Advancement), Alison Masutani (PIDF VP Operations), Josie Howard (We Are Oceania Project Director), Jim Gomez (PIDF Board Treasurer), Stephanie Helbush (Hui Hoʻomalu Project Director), Jan Dill (PIDF president & founder), Rich Wacker (ASB president & Chief Executive Officer), Laura Dang (PIDF VP Administration/ Secretary), Danny Goya (PIDF Director of Development & Ka Paʻalana Program Manager), and Keala O'Sullivan (PIDF Development & Communications Manager)

The results of American Savings Bank's 2019 Kahiau Giving Campaign are in, and they've raised $35,254 for Partners in Development Foundation.

We are extremely fortunate to continue our Kahiau partnership with American Savings Bank (ASB). This year, we were one of five organizations to benefit from the generous campaign.

"We are deeply grateful to ASB for its substantial financial support over the years," said Dr. Michael Chun, Chairman of the Board for Partners in Development Foundation (PIDF). "What is most important to me is our shared goals to improve the lives of those most in need, and to strengthen the health and well-being of our community."

The mission of ASB's campaign can be found in the definition of the Hawaiian word, “kahiau” which means, “to give from the heart without expecting anything in return."

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Rich Wacker, ASB president and Chief Executive Officer

The corporate culture of ASB holds service to the community in utmost regard. Employees and their families are able to engage with service and giving in many different ways throughout the year, all facilitated through American Savings Bank.

95% of the bank's more than 1,100 employees contributed to this year's Kahiau Campaign, which ran from February to March and featured a "Lego Movie" theme.

ASB presented a check to PIDF at a presentation and pau hana reception. The event included an exclusive tour of ASB's beautiful brand-new campus on the outskirts of Honolulu. Dr. Chun calls ASB's decision to relocate its campus off of North Beretania Street "a mark of courage."

"While others might have run from a depressed neighborhood, ASB ran to one of Honolulu's most challenging communities" and in doing so, "demonstrate the highest level of corporate leadership and civic responsibility," he said.

Mahalo nui loa and our warmest aloha to all of the American Savings Bank ʻohana for their continued generosity and partnership with our Foundation!



American Savings Bank (ASB) has been providing financial products and services to Hawaiʻi since 1925, and today is one of the state's leading financial institutions.  Fortune Magazine has recognized ASB as one of the 100 Best Workplaces for Women and 50 Best Workplaces for Diversity. For more than 90 years, ASB has been helping build strong communities. Through its "Seeds of Service" program, ASB teammates have contributed more than 36,000 hours of volunteer service, and ASB has donated millions of dollars to Hawai‘i’s nonprofits and community organizations.

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