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.

2020 Maui Buildathon

Community Spotlight

VEX robotics awards

Hawaii VEX Robotics Championships qualifies 8 robotics teams for World event in Dallas

Sponsored by Hawaiian Electric, the Hawaii VEX Robotics Middle and High School State Championships, held on February 19-20 at Kamehameha Schools – Kapalama, qualified 8 out of 50 Hawaii VEX robotics teams that will advance to the 2023 VEX Robotics World Championships. Hawaii middle and high school robotics teams will showcase their game strategy, design and teamwork skills for an opportunity to be crowned world champions at the global event to be held April 25 to May 4 in Dallas, Texas.

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Kokua Champions

2022 Kokua Champions: Purpose-driven community service

Helping others, paying it forward, serving and improving their community are common purposes that drive recipients of the 2022 Kokua Community Champion Service Award, a recognition for exemplary community service given by the HEI Charitable Foundation. The honor includes a $1,000 donation to the champions’ nonprofit of choice.

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Waikoloa Dry Forest Preserve

Hawaii Island employees volunteer to plant 300 wiliwili trees

The AES Corporation, an independent power producer, adopted an acre on the Waikoloa Dry Forest Preserve. Our employees and their ohana on Hawaii Island volunteered to spend the day planting 300 wiliwili trees on the preservation site during Jan. 28, 2023. Volunteers also toured the preservation and learned about Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative's conservation efforts.

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Ke Kula O Piilani Donation

Supporting innovative aina-based STEM learning on Maui

Two nonprofit organizations, Ke Kula O Piilani in Iao Valley and Ma Ka Hana Ka Ike in Hana, are taking STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) learning to a whole new level. By integrating modern STEM curriculum with traditional Hawaiian knowledge and aina-based learning, they are cultivating unique, innovative and hands-on ways to engage their haumana (students).

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Ma Ka Hana Ka Ike donation

Hawaiian Electric supports Ma Ka Hana Ka Ike for construction of new solar kiln

Hana-based nonprofit Ma Ka Hana Ka Ike recently received a $20,000 donation from Hawaiian Electric to support the construction of a new solar wood-drying kiln to expand its construction program for at-risk youth in East Maui. For more than 22 years, Ma Ka Hana Ka Ike – in partnership with Hana School – has mentored and taught its students marketable construction skills.

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Speakers Bureau

Back to school with the Speakers Bureau

The Speakers Bureau program has been connecting Hawaiian Electric with Hawaii’s youth for over 30 years. Our education and consumer affairs team recruits employees from various departments to interact with students through presentations on topics including basic electricity, electrical safety, energy efficiency, renewable energy, emergency preparedness, and careers.

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Community Events

Volunteers from Hawaiian Electric participate in various events in support of our community. Check out our community events.