American Savings Bank Announces 2021 Community Impact Contributions

Friday, February 18, 2022

American Savings Bank (ASB) announced its charitable contributions for the 2021 calendar year. In total, more than $1.5 million was donated to the community, benefiting nearly 80 local nonprofit organizations. In addition to monetary support, ASB teammates contributed hands-on impact through more than 13,000 Seeds of Service volunteer hours with nearly 160 nonprofit organizations.

“Last year was challenging for many residents and organizations across the state and we knew we needed to step up our efforts to support our customers and community when they needed us most,” said Ann Teranishi, ASB president and CEO. “I am proud of our teammates for their continued generosity and we look forward to bringing real impact to our community in 2022 and beyond.”

Since the Seeds of Service program began in 2005, ASB teammates have contributed nearly 100,000 volunteer hours to the community.

ASB’s 2021 Community Impact Highlights

Paycheck Protection Program Loans
Paycheck Protection Program Loans
Throughout the pandemic, ASB teammates went above and beyond to support customers and the community when they needed it most. Our efforts resulted in ASB securing $548 million in PPP loans for more than 6,300 Hawaii companies, which helped to preserve an estimated 65,000 local jobs. ASB worked with thousands of customers experiencing financial hardship on loan deferment and forbearance programs.

Kahiau Giving Campaign
Kahiau Giving Campaign
In 2021, teammates surpassed previous records set by contributing more than $210,000 to ASB’s signature bank-wide Kahiau Giving Campaign with a 95% participation rate. With the $150,000 match from ASB, more than $360,000 was donated to nine nonprofit organizations, including Aloha United Way, Child & Family Service, Kapiolani Health Foundation, Kupu and Partners in Development Foundation.

Girl Scouts of Hawaii STEM Center
Girl Scouts of Hawaii STEM Center
ASB is invested in the growth and development of Hawaii’s students and future workforce. ASB donated $100,000 in support of Girl Scouts of Hawaii’s STEM Center for Excellence at Camp Paumalu. The new facility will provide year-round opportunities for young women in astronomy, cybersecurity, computer coding and robotics, along with other STEM-based skills.

University of Hawaii Foundation’s Live-Learn-Work Community
University of Hawaii Foundation’s Live-Learn-Work Community
ASB and HEI pledged $250,000 each to the University of Hawaii Foundation’s live-learn-work community at Residences for Innovative Student Entrepreneurs (RISE), as part of an ongoing commitment to support higher education, develop the state’s future leaders and entrepreneurs, and diversify our economy.

Covid Vaccination Efforts  

Covid Vaccination Efforts
When Covid numbers peaked due to the Delta variant, ASB did its part to curb the spread of cases in the community by encouraging residents to get vaccinated and rewarding three lucky winners with a $5,000 cash prize as part of the State of Hawaii’s HIGotVaccinated program. ASB also hosted two free vaccination clinics at the neighboring Aala Park, to provide free and easy access to vaccinations to the Kalihi-Chinatown neighborhoods.

Hawaii Restaurant Card Business Holiday Card
Hawaii Restaurant Card Business Holiday Card
ASB relaunched the Hawaii Restaurant Card Business Holiday Card program in a statewide effort to support the local restaurant and food supply chain industries at a time when they need it most. More than $750,000 was injected into the industries with the help of 203 local establishments that purchased cards as holiday gifts for their clients and employees.

Bank for Education KeikiCo Contest
Bank for Education KeikiCo Contest
More than 750 students representing grades 3 to 12 participated in this year’s KeikiCo contest. The contest, which started in 2015 as a biennial competition, now runs annually due to popular demand. This year’s KeikiCo contest received more than 125 entries from 17 schools across the state. Students formed teams of two to five students to showcase their best business plan ideas before a panel of esteemed judges for a chance to win up to $25,000. A total of $145,000 was awarded to eight local winning schools.

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About American Savings Bank
American Savings Bank (ASB) has been serving Hawaii’s businesses and communities since 1925 and 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 locations.

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 12 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 nearly a century, ASB has helped to build strong communities. Through its Seeds of Service program, ASB teammates have contributed nearly 100,000 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 ASB on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn