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First Hawaiian donates $50,000 to assist displaced Big Island residents


    National Guard soldiers and Big Island police man a roadblock on Highway 130 outside Leilani Estates on Friday.

First Hawaiian Bank said Saturday night it is contributing $50,000 to provide support to Big Island residents displaced by the volcano eruption. The bank has partnered with Child and Family Service to offer direct assistance to affected residents with transitional housing and counseling for individuals and families with children experiencing trauma.

“This contribution and partnership with Child and Family Service is intended to provide needed relief to the residents directly affected by the recent volcanic activity,” First Hawaiian Chairman and CEO Bob Harrison said.

Child & Family Service, one of Hawaii’s oldest and largest nonprofits, provides counseling and therapeutic services to help Hawaii’s families address serious life challenges such as poverty, abuse, and neglect.

“The funds will directly support the physical as well as emotional needs of families who are experiencing trauma from the earthquakes and volcanic activity,” said Karen Tan, president and CEO of Child & Family Service.

First Hawaiian’s Community Care employee volunteer program also will be sending out volunteers in the affected communities to lend a hand where needed.

The bank said customers who were affected may contact First Hawaiian for assistance through its loan relief program.

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