Live Kokua: Rain or Shine

Posted by Keli'i Kotubetey on August 14, 2013

On Saturday August 10th, approximately 100 employees from The Bank of Hawaii gathered at King Intermediate under very cloudy and rainy skies in preparation for a community workday at the fishpond. As we sat in the cafeteria contemplating whether or not to cancel the workday, it became very clear that the employees had already made the commitment to brave the wet roads to get to He’eia so why not finish the journey to the fishpond.  At 8:30am everyone boarded the bus, drove 1 minute to the fishpond and gathered under our tents for a pule, quick briefing, and assignment of tasks.  What ensued was nearly 2 hours of amazing dedication and energy and smiles despite the rainy weather.

We were joined by staff members from Bank of Hawaii branches across Oahu including bank tellers, accountants, sales team leaders, and administrators. We were also joined in the rain and mud by the Vice Chairman of Bank of Hawaii, Donna Tanoue, and Honolulu’s Mayor Kirk Caldwell. The group bucketed coral, loaded it onto barges, pushed them through the fishpond, and ultimately emptied them onto the kuapā to form the final smooth layer on the top. Several people commented at how awesome it was to see so many people working together outside with smiles on a day perfect for staying in bed late with hot cocoa or a book.

Once the rain and cold finally penetrated our spirits, it was time to eat lunch and get clean and warm. Special thanks to Momi Akimseu and Lynna Bautista-Duldulao for coordinating all of the logistics for the entire day and making sure everyone was safe and fed and hydrated. And an extended mahalo to all of the employees who braved the weather that fun Saturday morning in the name of “Live Kokua” which you folks did to the fullest. Last but not least, mahalo to the entire Bank of Hawaii for the very generous monetary donation. It is thru the support, commitment, and partnership of businesses in our community like the Bank of Hawaii that places like He’eia Fishpond are kept alive and thriving.  Mahalo nui!

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