Frances & Bob Bean

Photo from the Beans

Photo from the Beans

Since 1998, Maryknoll School has honored individuals in the community who “devote their talent to the service of others.”

This year’s awardeess, Bob and Frances Bean, truly embody that spirit of philanthropy.

The Beans will be given the prestigious award April 26 at Monsignor Charles A. Kekumano Award and Scholarship Dinner at Sheraton Waikiki Hotel.

“We were very honored to be selected as honorees this year,” says Bob.

The couple always has given back to the community, and often prefers to work behind the scenes.

“We give because we want to and because we get a lot of satisfaction with it,” he adds.

Bob, who now is almost completely retired, previously owned and operated several local businesses including Alert Alarm of Hawaii, Ihu Nui Sports Fishing and Lopaka Hawaii Tours.

Now, the couple enjoys giving their time and resources to local organizations, such as Hawaii Community Foundation, Hawaiian Humane Society, Kapiolani Women’s Cancer Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawaii and Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii, just to name a few.

The Beans support Maryknoll’s STEM program, and this year will add a second 21st-century classroom that includes technology-driven features such as SMART boards, modular furniture for student collaboration, and audio/visual capabilities to enhance learning and presentations.

“Last year we did a science classroom in the high school,” explains Bob. “We really believe in their STEM program.”

The Beans have become Renaissance philanthropists and aim to change every aspect of their community for the better. They are able to share a common goal and enjoy life together.

“We’ve managed to travel around the world,” says Bob. “This year’s Kekumano dinner relates to our love of travel.”

The Beans encourage everyone to give back in their own way and do what they believe is right. “We believe giving back can be anything,” explains Bob. “It doesn’t have to be money. It can be time and effort.”

“Or knowledge,” adds Frances.

All proceeds from the Kekumano Award and Scholarship Dinner will benefit Maryknoll’s Kekumano Scholarship Endowment Fund. To purchase tables and/or make a monetary or in-kind donation, call 952-7310 or go to