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Seeds of Service with Ka Paʻalana

Partners In Development Foundation (PIDF) hosted more than 60 volunteers from American Savings Bank (ASB) to work alongside PIDF’s Ka Pa‘alana Homeless Family Education Program at Hope Shelter in Kalaeloa.

American Savings Bank considers community service an essential part of its corporate culture. Each year, ASB commits time and effort to various schools and community organizations through their Seeds of Service program.

Jan Dill, PIDF President and Chairman of the Board said, “We are truly grateful to know that American Savings Bank sees the value in encouraging its employees to be part of the solution.”

Volunteers helped with landscaping, light remodeling and painting of Hope Shelter residence rooms, and food preparation.

Aaron Mahi, PIDF Hawaiian Cultural Specialist Assistant, spoke about wahi pana (the significance of this place) within the larger ahupua‘a of Honouliuli. “We like to capitalize on every opportunity, by expanding the community’s understanding and knowledge of the culture and history that is significant about each place” said Mahi.

“There is no doubt that the needs in our state are many, but the generous and overwhelming support of the ASB ‘Ohana makes it possible for our programs to continue their mission.” said Dill.