A sincere Mahalo to all those who volunteered and donated during the statewide Aloha For Philippines relief effort to support disaster victims of Typhoon Haiyan.  Donors made their contributions to either the Hawaii-based Filipino Community Center (FilCom Center) or the Hawaii State Chapter of the American Red Cross (Hawaii Red Cross).  Below is an update of how much the FilCom Center and the Hawaii Red Cross raised from residents and organizations across Hawaii, and how they are using those donations to help survivors.

    filcomThrough collections from banks across Hawaii as well as donations from local companies, organizations, institutions and individuals, the FilCom Center collected $625,000 towards relief efforts. The Aloha For Philippines Mahalo Concert, held at the historic Hawaii Theatre, raised an additional $125,000.  Please refer to the Mahalo Concert Program where we gave special thanks to our corporate sponsors, concert patrons, banking partners, artists and entertainers.consuelo

    FilCom Center contributed its donations to the Consuelo Foundation, who has generously agreed to match every dollar, up to $2 million.  With another $700,000 coming from other sources, the Consuelo Foundation has committed an astounding $3.3 million to the relief effort.  Consuelo has launched Project H.O.P.E. (Haiyan Operations for Protection & Empowerment).  As reported by Jon Matsuoka, Consuelo’s president & CEO, the goal of Project H.O.P.E. is to ensure the safety and protection of children and help their families regain their stability by promoting economic adequacy and assistance in the creation of safe, healthy, protective and resilient communities for all.

    The Consuelo Foundation’s objectives include:  (1) recovering the survivors’ psycho-social stability and renew their hopes; (2) restoring their ability to sustain their livelihood and economic sufficiency; and (3) protecting their children from abuse, neglect and exploitation and ensuring a safe and nurturing environment, so as to assure a better future for themselves, their children and their communities.  For more detailed information on Project H.O.P.E., please refer to the Consuelo Foundation February 2014 Progress Report. Please also visit their new blog on Project H.O.P.E. at

    arcThrough the generous support of Hawaii residents, the Hawaii Red Cross collected $1,088,000 for typhoon relief efforts.  Nationally, the American Red Cross has received $76 million in donations and pledges for its Typhoon Appeal and has spent or committed $28 million to the global Red Cross response to Typhoon Haiyan through January 27, 2013.  As reported by Coralie Matayoshi, the Hawaii chapter’s CEO, the Red Cross is using this money to purchase and distribute emergency relief items such as food, shelter supplies, hygiene kits and mosquito nets, and to provide cash grants that help typhoon survivors address storm-related needs.

    In addition, the funds have supported the deployment of 43 disaster specialists from the American Red Cross to the Philippines. They have provided a wide range of support for sheltering activities and relief distribution, as well as technical expertise in mapping, telecommunications and information technology.  The American Red Cross will make additional financial commitments to the typhoon response in the Philippines as they support ongoing and long-term recovery efforts.  They expect to spend remaining funds to support recovery needs, including home repairs, improved access to water and sanitation, and preparing communities for future disasters.  For more detailed information, please refer to the attached American Red Cross February 2014 Typhoon Haiyan Update.

    mahaloA special Mahalo to our corporate sponsors, concert patrons, banking partners,
    community organizations and other institutions for their generous support:

    American Savings Bank, Bank of Hawaii, Bank of the Orient, Central Pacific Bank, Finance Factors, First Hawaiian Bank, Halekulani Hotel, Hawaii Bankers Association, Hawaii National Bank, Hawaiian Airlines, Hawaiian Electric, HEI, HMSA, Home Street Bank, House of Finance, Island Holdings, Island Insurance, Kaiser Permanente, Kleenco, L&L Hawaiian Barbecue, Leeward Community College, Marshall Realty Foundation, Ohana Pacific Bank, Pacific Resource Partnership, Pacific Rim Bank, Territorial Savings Bank, University of Hawaii at Manoa, UH Athletics Department, UH Center for Philippine Studies, UH Student Equity Excellence Diversity (SEED) Program, and WSP Asia Pacific.