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.
Corporate donations support West Oahu holiday festivities
Hawaiian Electric has contributed a total of $11,000 in donations and additional support to three West Oahu nonprofit organizations for their Christmas festivities that will brighten the holidays for the community. The Waianae Coast Community Foundation’s First Annual Nanakuli Christmas Lights will be held at the Nanakuli Village Center. After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the Waianae Coast Community Christmas Parade will return. Lastly, Ahupuaa O Nanakuli Homestead will hold its “Christmas on the Avenue 2022 Kalikimaka Ma Ke Alanui.”
Hawaii Island employees help to clean up the Hawaii Wildlife Center
Our employees on Hawaii Island recently volunteered to clean up the Hawaii Wildlife Center. Overgrowth on the two-acre property has put the Center’s bird population in danger from predators. On Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, our employee volunteers cleared vegetation overgrowth and helped with gardening and landscaping.
White cane: A symbol of independence
On Friday, Oct. 14, 2022, hundreds of walkers gathered at the Hawaii State Capitol for the 30th Annual White Cane Walk to show their support for Hawaii’s blind and visually impaired community. The event draws attention to this community of more than 3,200 in Hawaii while highlighting their ability to live and work independently.
Protecting West Maui from wildfires
Hawaiian Electric takes extra steps to protect areas like West Maui that are more prone to wildfires through ongoing vegetation management, restoration and prevention efforts. Throughout the years, we have worked with the state’s Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) on Maui to identify specific parts of the island susceptible to wildfires to help with vegetation management and roadside maintenance to act as a firebreaks.
Protecting Oahu’s native forests
It’s been over three years since rapid ohia death, a non-native fungal disease with no known cure, was first spotted on Oahu in a remote area. Because native ohia trees are critical for the health of the watershed and its inhabitants, protecting this precious natural and cultural resource is everyone’s responsibility. Sean Moura, Hawaiian Electric wildlife biologist, saw an opportunity to merge a volunteer stewardship project with the company’s protected species environmental program.
Powered by compassion: 2021 Kokua Champions
The 2021 recipients of the HEI Charitable Foundation Kokua Community Champion Service Award all have a heart to serve their communities. Whether helping save lives, inspiring the next generation or feeding the homeless and hungry, compassion powers their acts of service.
Volunteers from Hawaiian Electric participate in various events in support of our community. Check out our community events.