On Saturday, Oct. 22, Bank of Hawaii set a volunteer record for its 11th annual Community Service Day, with 246 volunteers participating in three service activities.
The volunteers, called the Bankoh Blue Crew, helped preserve, sustain and beautify Ahupuaʻa ʻO Kahana State Park on Oahu.
An ahupuaʻa is an area of specifically designated land that stretches from the mountains to the sea. The ahupuaʻa of Kahana Valley is located on the opposite side of the island from Waikiki. It encompasses almost 5,300 acres and is one of the wettest valleys on Oahu.
The Bankoh Blue Crew worked alongside nonprofit organizations at three different sites within Ahupuaʻa ʻO Kahana State Park:
· Beach Clean-Up — Partnering with Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii, bank volunteers removed debris and micro-plastics, which harms sea life.
· Huilua Fishpond Restoration — Partnering with Hō’ala ‘Āina ‘Kūpono, volunteers transported rocks, cut brush and removed invasive mangrove from the fishpond.
· Loʻi (taro patch) Maintenance — Working alongside Kahana Valley residents, volunteers cleared weeds from the ʻauwai (canal) that carries fresh water to each loʻi.
Bank of Hawaii has its own custom-built canoe, called Ulu o ka lā, meaning “growing sun” and refers to the first light of the sun on the horizon. After volunteer work was completed, nonprofit Nā Kama Kai helped to facilitate family-fun ocean activities, which included surfing, stand-up paddle boarding and canoe rides on Ulu o ka lā, which was completed and blessed earlier this year.
The Bankoh Blue Crew volunteers have donated 5,900 hours of their time to 71 community service projects so far this year.
Congratulations Bank of Hawaii Corporation!