Hawaiiana raised over $12,200 in 2017 for Make-A-Wish Hawaii, made up of employee donations and matching funds from the company. Hawaiiana’s Executive Vice President Al Pattison recently presented a check to James Donnelly, Make-A-Wish Hospitality & Development Manager. Hawaiiana’s contributions topped $28,000 over a two-year period. Shown also are members of Hawaiiana’s Charity Committee with representatives from Make-A-Wish Hawaii.
Hawaiiana Management Company is proud of its employees – not only in the way they handle their daily job responsibilities, but for their commitment to giving back to the community. Employee-driven charity giving has been an integral part of the company’s culture for many years. Hawaiiana’s “all volunteer” charity committee, usually consisting of about 20 employees, convenes annually to select two local charities to support. Once the charities are selected, creative efforts begin to bring awareness about these important causes to the company’s 200-plus employees.
In the past, charities have included charter schools, family support programs, support for veterans and active duty troops, the American Cancer Society, and the American Red Cross. During 2017, Hawaiiana supported the Hawaii Foodbank and Make-A-Wish Hawaii.
The Hawaii Foodbank has served Hawaii for 33 years, with the mission that no one in our island family goes hungry. Foodbank support by Hawaiiana employees included “canstruction” of the American flag out of tuna and soup cans in Hawaiiana’s lobby, just in time for July 4th. Personal donations from Hawaiiana employees included nearly 1,000 pounds of food, and over $6,000 in monetary donations – providing nearly 16,000 meals to Hawaii families!
For a second year in a row, Hawaiiana also chose to support Make-A-Wish Hawaii. Over a two-year span, Hawaiiana has donated over $28,000, including employee donations and matching funds from the company. This amount was enough to fund several “wishes,” for families of children with life threatening diseases. Bake sales, “dress down” days, decorating contests, and a very creative “ugly sweater day” during the holiday season made the giving as fun as it was meaningful!
For more information on Hawaiiana’s services, please contact: Mele Heresa, CCIM®, CPM® at email@example.com or (808) 593-6827.