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HEI fund-raiser supports Hope Lodge Hawaii


A year-long fundraising effort by employees of Hawaii Electric Light Company and related companies Hawaiian Electric, Maui Electric and American Savings Bank are part of a more than $100,000 contribution from Hawaiian Electric Industries (HEI) to the American Cancer Society (ACS) Hawaii Pacific.

All funds raised will support Hope Lodge Hawaii, a temporary home for adult cancer patients and their caregivers who must travel to Oahu for treatment.

The facility will provide lodging at no cost while the patient is in active treatment and is expected to be completed in 2015.

“Hope Lodge Hawaii will be a home-away-from home for our island ohana,” said Jay Ignacio, Hawaii Electric Light president. “The nurturing, supportive environment provides patients with the courage and strength to battle cancer and heal so they can return home.”

Hawaiian Electric Industries is the parent company of American Savings Bank, Hawaiian Electric, Maui Electric and Hawaii Electric Light companies. Constance Lau, HEI’s president & CEO, helped to kick start the companies’ fundraising campaigns with a significant personal donation.

“At some point in our lives, we have all been touched by cancer because of a loved one, neighbor, friend or colleague,” said Erin Moncada, Senior Director of the American Cancer Society for the state of Hawaii, who resides in Hilo and is herself a 14-year cancer survivor. “Through the support of HEI’s family of companies, Hope Lodge Hawaii will make a huge difference in easing the stress, feelings of isolation, and financial burden for neighbor island patients who must travel for treatment, so they can focus on getting well.”

In 2013, the Hawaiian Electric Companies partnered with popular fashion design house Manuhealii to produce an exclusive line of reusable shopping bags featuring a custom kukui graphic. The kukui serves as the symbol of Hope Lodge Hawaii, signifying hope and renewal for cancer patients and their families.

Employees who made a donation to Hope Lodge Hawaii received a shopping bag, and proceeds from the donations were matched by the HEI Charitable Foundation.

Hawaii Electric Light also offered the shopping bags at its customer service lobbies and various community outreach events islandwide.

American Savings Bank raised funds through Kahiau, its annual employee giving program. This year, Hope Lodge Hawaii was selected as one of the beneficiaries of Kahiau because of its mission to help cancer patients statewide and the support Hope Lodge will provide to all the communities served by the bank.

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