Maui Business

Bank of Hawai‘i Donates Face Shields, Masks and $100K to Healthcare Community

March 27, 2020, 7:53 AM HST
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In response to the urgent need for personal protective equipment or PPEs, Bank of Hawaiʻi announced that the company will be donating more than 1,200 face shields and masks, as well as making a $100,000 contribution to the Healthcare Association of Hawaiʻi.

More than 1,000 brand-new N95 face masks and nearly 200 face shields will be donated to Hawaiʻi Pacific Health and The Queen’s Health Systems to appropriately allocate and distribute among its medical staff.

“We are at a pivotal time in trying to slow the spread of COVID-19. The need for personal protective equipment for our healthcare professionals is great,” said Bank of Hawaiʻi Chairman, President and CEO Peter S. Ho. “Our medical first responders are on the frontlines of this pandemic, and we are committed to doing what we can to help them do their jobs effectively and successfully,” said Ho, expressing hopes that the donations will help the community at large.

Hilton Raethel, president and CEO at Healthcare Association of Hawaiʻi said, “We know that the worst of this pandemic is still in front of us. Anything that we can do to push out the peak of this pandemic and flatten the curve will lessen the impact to the people of Hawaiʻi. This very generous gift will help us be better prepared for the impact of this pandemic and protect healthcare workers across the state and the patients they serve.”

As an essential business designated by the state, Bank of Hawaiʻi has been maintaining a certain
level of personal protective equipment. For the health and well-being of its employees and
customers, Bank of Hawaiʻi recently installed plastic sneeze guards at its teller windows as an
added layer of protection.

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To offer the safest banking experience during this time, the bank continues its preventive safety
measures, such as social distancing protocols (for example, queuing customers 6 feet apart in
transaction lines and waiting areas), increased cleanings, and deployment of hand sanitizing
solution for its branches.

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