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Hawai’i Electric Light Donates Over $155K

March 5, 2016, 2:13 PM HST
* Updated March 4, 10:36 PM
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From left-right: Jennifer Zelko-Schlueter (Hawai‘i Electric Light), Bettye Williams (Executive Director, Hawaii Island United Way), Robert Kaneshiro (Kokua Community Champion), Jay Ignacio (Hawai‘i Electric Light). Hawai'i Electric Light photo.

From left-right: Jennifer Zelko-Schlueter (Hawai‘i Electric Light), Bettye Williams (Executive Director, Hawaii Island United Way), Robert Kaneshiro (Kokua Community Champion), Jay Ignacio (Hawai‘i Electric Light). Hawai’i Electric Light photo.

More than $155,000 was donated to local non-profit organizations and community service organizations by Hawai’i Electric Light during the 2015 calendar year.

According to the electric utility, numerous organizations around the Big Island received a portion of the money donated, including Arc of Hilo, Boys & Girls Club of the Big Island, Habitat for Humanity West Hawai’i, Hilo Medical Center Foundation, Hope Services Hawai’i, Kona Hospital Foundation, and Kuikahi Mediation Center.

In addition to the money put back into the community, Hawai’i Electric Light employees donated over 2,300 volunteer hours during the year. About 500 employees and their families took part in 20 community service projects islandwide.

Another $1,000 was donated to the Hawai’i Island United Way by Hawai’i Electric Light, as chosen by Robert Kaneshiro, the company’s Kokua Community Champion. Each year, an employee is selected by the HEI Charitable Foundation in recognition of the individual’s charitable work during the year.

“I want to help as many people in our community as possible,” Kaneshiro said. “I believe Hawai’i Island United Way helps make this possible.”

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