BOH Monty Richards Award to Benefit Kohala Hospital ER

September 29, 2012

North Kohala Community Resource Center has been awarded $10,000 for the Kohala Hospital Charitable Foundation [KHCF] through the 2012 Bank of Hawaii Monty Richards Hawaii Island Community Award. The award will be used to purchase a cardiac monitoring system for Kohala Hospital’s emergency room.

The Arc of Hilo, `O Ka`u Kakou, and West Hawaii Community Health Center were also named as award recipients at a presentation at Kahua Ranch on Thursday, September 6.

Christine Richardson, executive director of North Kohala Community Resource Center, remarked, “We are honored and delighted to collaborate with KHCF to secure funding for new equipment for our new emergency room. We want to thank Monty Richards and the Bank of Hawaii for their generosity and acknowledgement of the hard work the Charitable Foundation directors are doing to improve Kohala Hospital.”

On behalf of KHCF, Tommy Tinker said, “KHCF is proud that we have been chosen as one of the nonprofit organizations that will share in the 2012 Monty Richards Bank of Hawaii annual grant awards. This $10,000 will go to purchase a cardiac monitoring unit which will be utilized in the Kohala Hospital’s new E/R wing.”

The award was established in 2008 and supports Hawaii Island nonprofit organizations that demonstrate innovative approaches to help improve the quality of life on Hawai`I Island. The award was established in honor of Herbert “Monty” Montague Richards, Jr., a dedicated Hawaii Island community leader and former longtime board director for Bank of Hawaii. A

fifth-generation kama`aina, Richards presently serves as the chairman and trustee of Kahua Ranch, where he has worked since 1953.

—photo by Bank of Hawaii Charitable Foundation

Kohala Hospital will benefit from the $10,000 given by the Bank of Hawaii Monty Richards Hawaii Community Award. From left are Kohala Hospital Charitable Foundation Vice President Susan Denman, NKCRC Executive Director Christine Richardson, BOH Sr. Vice President and East Hawaii Regional Manager Art Taniguchi, Herbert “Monty” Montague Richards, Jr., KHCF board member Dixie Adams, BOH Sr. Vice President and Hawaii Island Manager Roberta Chu, and KHCF President Tommy Tinker.