Catholic Charities Hawai‘i receives huge pledge

Catholic Charities Hawai‘i (CCH) has received a $100,000 pledge from Bank of Hawaii Foundation in support of its Laulima House campaign. The pledge will support the expansion of services for children and families at the Laulima House property, located next to the CCH main campus in Makiki.

Catholic Charities Hawai‘i President and CEO Terry Walsh (from far left), Laulima House Campaign Chair Jerry Rauckhorst and Catholic Charities Hawai‘i Vice President-Philanthropy Mary Leong Saunders receives a $100,000 check from Bank of Hawaii Foundation representatives Alton Kuioka, BOH Vice Chairman; Susan Ing, BOH Senior Executive Vice President; and Bonnie Fong, BOH Senior Vice President. Courtesy: Catholic Charities

“We are truly grateful to Bank of Hawaii Foundation for this extremely generous donation,” said CCH President and CEO Terry Walsh. “This will allow us to expand our programs at the Laulima House to meet the growing needs of the community and to offer a place of healing in a more comfortable, less institutional setting.”

Catholic Charities Hawai‘i purchased the Laulima House property in 2015. Located at 1802 Ke‘eaumoku Street, the residence was already fittingly named the Laulima House. Meaning in Hawaiian “many hands working together,” Laulima embodies the essence of CCH’s work, helping people in need to help themselves, regardless of their faith.

“Catholic Charities Hawai’i is a leading advocate for the most vulnerable in our community, serving more than 40,000 people annually. CCH’s programs are critically important, particularly for at-risk families with children, seniors and the homeless,” said Donna Tanoue, President of Bank of Hawaii Foundation.

The expansion of Catholic Charities Hawai‘i’s programs and services at Laulima House is part of a larger master plan that has been developed to guide the planning and future use of the property. 

Serving Hawai’i since 1947, Catholic Charities Hawai‘i offers assistance to people in need, regardless of faith and culture. Long trusted in the community for its innovative and professional approach to human services, Catholic Charities Hawai‘i provides much needed services through over 30 programs statewide. Catholic Charities Hawai‘i is fully accredited by the Council of Accreditation. They are a partner agency of Aloha United Way and a member of the nationwide Catholic Charities USA organization. For more information, visit


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