Employees In Our Community
At Hawaiian Electric, we strive to work with our communities to achieve a renewable energy future. Through volunteerism, financial support, and pursuing innovative initiatives, we will protect our aina, build community capacity and become a world leader in sustainability.
Throughout our long-standing partnerships with the community, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies, we contribute our people power and resources for a stronger, sustainable, and more resilient Hawaii.
This year’s recipients of the HEI Charitable Foundation Kokua Community Champion Service Award have given countless hours to make a difference in their communities. So, it’s fitting that their reward for the honor is to bestow a $1,000 grant from the foundation to nonprofits of their choice because giving back is what they do.
Virtual volunteer projects address real needs while staying safe
From isolated seniors to hungry families to homeless people, the COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented need in our communities. Just as they have always done, our employees have answered the call to community service even when faced with the challenges presented by the pandemic. Over the last five years, our employees and their ohana have volunteered 71,164 hours of community service.
Masks for Aloha
Lydia Mertyris, an emergency preparedness program manager at Hawaiian Electric, helped Hawaii Meals on Wheels by raising funds for their free home-delivered lunches to kupuna. Lydia and her daughters started creating face coverings and selling them through social media with all proceeds being donated to Hawaii Meals on Wheels!
Hawaiian Electric and HEI employees, HEI Charitable Foundation donate over $150,000 to United Way to support families in need during COVID-19 crisis
Hawaiian Electric and HEI employees, and the HEI Charitable Foundation partnered with Aloha United Way (AUW), Maui United Way and Hawaii Island United Way to raise money for the Hawaii COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund. Most of the funds raised will help provide financial relief to those at risk of losing their home or utility services through AUW’s COVID-19 Rent & Utility Assistance Program.