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BOH makes annual generous donation to Hope House

Hope House board chairman Ta’afano Joe Tavale; Rev. Fr. Faitau Lemautu; Bank of Hawaii vice president of West Hawaii, Hobbs Lowson ; BoH vice president of American Samoa operations, EJ Tyler Ozu; and Hope House board member Larry Sanitoa

Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Rev. Fr. Faitau Lemautu accepts a $10,000 donation from Bank of Hawaii vice president of West Hawaii, Hobbs Lowson, who made the presentation on behalf of the Bank of Hawaii Foundation, during a brief ceremony last week at the Hope House atrium.

The donation goes towards Hope House’s annual fundraising event, which helps fund operations of the only care facility of its kind on island for the disabled and elderly, without regard to denomination or faith.

Speaking on behalf of Bishop Peter Brown, Hope House board of trustees, as well as the management and staff, and especially the elderly residents, Rev. Fr. Lemautu expressed gratitude and fa’afetai to BoH for the generous donation “as part of your ongoing commitment and support” for the facility.

“Bank of Hawaii's annual contribution to Hope House for the past 15 years of over $150,000, has enabled Hope House to renovate and repair the aging facility that houses the 18 elderly residents,” he said.

“In the midst of economic uncertainty, we continue to rely on the goodwill of our lifetime business partners and friends,” said Rev. Fr. Lemautu as residents and staff of the facility listened.

The Hope House annual golf tournament — the major annual fundraising event for the facility — is set for two days: Friday, Sept. 21 and Saturday, Sept. 22. See last Friday’s paid advertisement for details.