HEI gives to Hope Lodge Hawai‘i

Through a yearlong fundraising effort by employees of Maui Electric Co. and related companies, Hawaiian Electric, Hawaii Electric Light and American Savings Bank, a $100,000 donation was made from parent company Hawaiian Electric Industries to the American Cancer Society Hawaii Pacific.

The money will help Hope Lodge Hawai’i, a temporary home for adult cancer patients and their caregivers who need to travel to Oahu for treatment.

Expected to be completed in 2015, the lodge will provide free accommodations for patients while they’re in treatment.

“Each year, about 650 cancer patients travel from the Neighbor Islands to Honolulu for lifesaving cancer treatments, and they often have to worry about where to stay or how to pay for their lodging,” said Anna Mayeda, senior representative of community engagement of the American Cancer Society on Maui.

With the help of the donation, Hope Lodge will make a “huge impact” in easing the stress and financial burden on the patients so they can focus on getting well, she said.

Hawaiian Electric companies partnered with popular fashion design house Manuheali’i to produce an exclusive line of reusable shopping bags featuring a custom kukui graphic.

Employees who gave a donation to Hope Lodge Hawai’i received a bag, and the proceeds of the donations were matched by the HEI Charitable Foundation. American Savings Bank raised funds through its annual employee giving program, Kahiau.

For more information on Hope Lodge Hawai’i or to make a donation, see www.hopelodgehawaii.org.