‘Aloha for Japan’ relief effort for earthquake and tsunami victims launched

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Hawaii business leaders, members of the Japanese American community, Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz and Japan Consul General Yoshihiko Kamo convened to organize a coordinated, statewide effort to collect donations for victims of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan.

Schatz, who was asked by Gov. Neil Abercrombie to help coordinate Japan relief efforts, also consulted all four county mayors by telephone.

Hawaii’s largest banking institutions, including American Savings Bank, Bank of Hawaii, Central Pacific Bank, Finance Factors, First Hawaiian Bank, Hawaii National Bank, HomeStreet Bank, Pacific Rim Bank, and Territorial Savings Bank, have all agreed to serve as collection points for monetary donations.

This coordinated, statewide effort, entitled “Aloha for Japan,” builds upon programs already initiated by individual banks to accept donations.

“The Hawaii banks are pleased to support this humanitarian effort to assist the people of Japan, said Gary Fujitani, executive vice president of the Hawaii Bankers Association. “Hopefully, the public will find it convenient to be able to make a donation at almost 275 bank branches statewide. We are asking customers to make a contribution in any amount to help Japan recover from this tragic disaster.”

Those wishing to contribute to this relief effort can make donations directly with branch tellers at participating banks. Checks should be made payable to “Aloha for Japan.”

This is the first of many initiatives being launched by the Aloha for Japan committee. Musical concerts and TV programs are also being developed.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims,” Schatz said. “We stand in support and solidarity with Japan as they begin to recover from this tragedy. I am so pleased with the generosity, cooperation and compassion of so many people throughout Hawaii. In this time of great crisis across the Pacific, it’s time for all of us to show our aloha for Japan.”

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The ALOHA FOR JAPAN campaign was created to help our friends and family in Japan. Hawaii and Japan have a special relationship and with all the loss that has happened it is our duty to help with what we can for our sister country.