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Hot Shots – 8/16/23

Grant Supports Students, Next Generation Of Leaders

The Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation recently awarded Pacific & Asian Affairs Council (PAAC) a $10,000 grant to support the growth of its high school clubs program during the 2023-24 academic year. The Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation executive director Tertia Freas (third from left) is pictured with (from left) PAAC’s study tours and global engagement director Tyler Fujita, high school global education program director Roya Dennis, executive director Niki Shishido, graduate assistant Cheyenne Prater and communications specialist Justin Takaha White. PHOTO COURTESY PACIFIC & ASIAN AFFAIRS COUNCIL

National Bank Expands Footprint With Grand Opening

Commonwealth Business Bank, also known CBB, recently debuted its newest branch in Pearl City, marking its third location in Hawai‘i and its 11th nationwide. Community leaders and the bank’s top executives attended its grand opening on Aug. 8. Pictured (from left) are state Rep. Sam Kong, state Sen. Brandon Elefante, former ‘Ohana Pacific Bank director Nicole Choi, former CBB director Alvin Kang, former OPB director Rex Kim, CBB chairwoman Soon Pak, CBB president and CEO James Hong, United Korean Association of Hawai‘i president David Suh and the Rev. Jonathan Lee. PHOTO COURTESY COMMONWEALTH BUSINESS BANK

Donation Offers Relief After Typhoon Mawar

Matson recently shipped three containers of relief supplies in support of the American Red Cross Typhoon Mawar response. Additionally, along with its employee giving campaign with company matching, the business donated more than $75,000 to those in need on Guam. Pictured (from left) are Len Isotoff, senior vice president, Pacific, Matson Inc.; Diane Peters-Nguyen, chief executive officer, American Red Cross, Pacific Islands Region; and Ku‘uhaku Park, senior vice president of government and community relations, Matson Inc. PHOTO COURTESY AMERICAN RED CROSS