On February 11, 2019, 5 members of the Hawaiiana Management Company’s Maui office visited local nonprofit Malama Family Recovery Center to deliver a donation totaling more than $5,000. Malama provides caring, holistic substance abuse treatment to women and children so families can live safe, independent and healthy lives. It is the only treatment center on Maui where babies and young children can live with their mothers while they get help.
Malama and Oahu-based nonprofit Ke Kama Pono were chosen for Hawaiiana’s 4th quarter 2018 charity drive that took place between September 4 and December 14, 2018. During that time, employees at Hawaiiana offices across the state had a chance to contribute by participating in themed “dress up days,” such as a sports day, Halloween day and holiday spirit day. For every person who dressed up, Hawaiiana donated $5.00 to the charity drive. Employees also participated by donating $25 in exchange for chances to win a free paid-time-off day or a staycation at the Marriott. The Oahu office also sold bento boxes to raise funds.
Hawaiiana Management Company, established in 1964, is the largest property management company in Hawaii, managing more than 700 residential, commercial and resort associations across the state. “We chose Malama Family Recovery Center because it is Maui’s only women-specific addiction and substance abuse treatment center,” said Steve Chopek, Management Executive in Hawaiiana’s Maui office and the employee who nominated Malama during the selection process. “Many of our friends, neighbors and ohana are affected by mental health and substance abuse, so helping Malama support women as they recover and create positive change for their families is incredibly important to us.”
In addition to Malama and Ke Kama Pono, Hawaiiana also raised money in 2018 to support recovery and relief efforts for the floods on Kauai and volcano eruptions on the Big Island. “It is inspiring and touching to see a company and its employees engage in such a state-wide, team effort to make a positive difference,” said Dr. Lisa Ponichtera, Malama Clinical Director. “We are deeply grateful and honored by this outpouring of support for the women, children and families we serve.” In 2018, Hawaiiana was awarded the Corporate & Social Responsibility Award by the Hawaii Chapter of the Institute for Real Estate Management (IREM).