The Story of Kalo

Throughout Hawaii's history, kalo (taro) has been a foundation of Hawaiian culture. Carried by the first voyagers to Hawaii, kalo is a sacred plant in Hawaiian culture. Island families gathered around the umeke (poi bowl) to celebrate together. Today kalo continues to play an important role in island family life both for sustenance and what it represents in Hawaiian culture – growth and unity.

Living in an island state requires that we care for one another, respect each other and work together. Like the kalo roots that are intertwined in lo‘i kalo (taro patch), our lives are intertwined in our communities.

Kalo reminds us of Hawaii's deep cultural roots, and of American Savings Bank's commitment to the healthy growth of our community and this beautiful place we call home.

About American Savings Bank

American Savings Bank (ASB) has been serving Hawaii’s businesses and communities since 1925 and currently provides a full range of financial products and services, including business and consumer banking, home loans, insurance and investments. ASB is one of Hawaii’s leading financial institutions, with e-banking services and branch locations throughout the state offering evening, weekend and holiday hours. ASB provides Hawaii’s consumers and businesses with more extended weekday and weekend hours than other similarly sized local banks, as well as convenient in-store branches. ASB was the first Hawaii bank to introduce remote-deposit capture with a mobile banking application.

ASB matches its exceptional customer experience with an employee experience that has garnered local and national awards. ASB has been recognized locally as one of the “Best Places to Work” by Hawaii Business Magazine for ten consecutive years and honored nationally as one of the “Best Banks to Work For” by American Banker Magazine. Fortune Magazine has recognized ASB as one of the 100 Best Workplaces for Women and 50 Best Workplaces for Diversity. For more than 90 years, ASB has been helping build strong communities. Through its Seeds of Service program, ASB teammates have contributed nearly 48,000 hours of volunteer service, and ASB has donated millions of dollars to Hawaii’s nonprofits and community organizations. For more information, visit https://www.asbhawaii.com/ or follow American Savings Bank on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.