Some Interesting Updates Worth Reading

Charity War Between the Financial Institutions?

Let’s start with the story that is a little less startling, not at all nerve racking and probably pure coincidence and a little amusing. In the recent story about Bank of Hawaii putting together a charity walk for the Institute for Human Services, I said how comical it would be if the banks got into a charity war.

I said that, “Bank of Hawaii has thrown down the gauntlet so let’s see if First Hawaiian Bank and/or Central Pacific Bank pick it up! … shall I send this link to their corporate offices? I would love to start this war!”

That was a tongue-in-cheek comment and I swear I didn’t send the link to any of them. Honest! I’m not crossing my fingers either!

Check this out! Not only did Central Pacific Bank decide to give away 100 computers but also they’re giving them away to, guess whom? They are gifting them to the Institute for Human Services! What are the odds? Okay, it has got to be a coincidence but you have to admit that it’s a little weird.

Moving on…

Did Extreme Makeover Make an Extreme Error?

Another topical post recently was the one about the Honolulu family who was chosen for an Extreme Makeover. We wrote about this and talked about it last month. But, the story about the Akana family that appeared in today’s newspaper is a little unnerving and a little difficult to just shrug off.

Reading this story in the Honolulu Advertiser left many people rattled this afternoon. I am shaken by it and cannot seem to figure out where to take a stand on this. Shame on ABC for embarrassing us this way.

I, for one, will have a hard time seeing the show the same way ever again. I will always be left wondering. In addition to the challenges made to Extreme Makeover’s credibility, there are other things that come to mind, like the recent, unrelated interview with a man living in one of the homeless shelters on the Leeward side of the island; a man who was there as a volunteer helping to build this project. How is this news going to impact people like him and the other volunteers?

I don’t know, guys. You read it and you decide. You can read the comments left by other locals after reading the story too. This is so sad. It was such a happy thing and then…

You guys wanna talk about it? Please leave comments and share your reactions. It doesn’t matter which way you see it, I just want to know what you’re thinking. Please share! Are we overreacting? Should we be shook up? Tell us what you think!

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Mike Scott // Jul 3, 2007 at 7:17 am

    I read the story, and though that it wasn’t fair. Then I went back and read it again, and I don’t think it is a particularly bad deal.

    I know that the salary seems like a whole lot of money, but they didn’t actually get their house renovated, instead the house belongs to the charity, and the family is leasing it.

    The article also said that “Akana said she plans to turn her old house into a transitional center for women getting out of prison” and the show also built a “4,500-square-foot community center”.

    So even though it does seem unfair, it seems to me that the charity received a lot more than she does.

  • 2 Evelyn // Jul 3, 2007 at 9:19 am

    Thanks, Mike, for breaking the ice. I see what you’re saying. I’m just wondering if they will have to move if Mrs. Akana gives up her position with the charity. I wonder. Thank you for visiting, reading and for sharing your thoughts!

  • 3 Ian Lind // Jul 3, 2007 at 11:19 am

    Here is some additional information:

  • 4 Evelyn // Jul 3, 2007 at 12:05 pm

    Thank you, Mr. Lind. I guess I don’t have to ask where you stand on this topic. I’m just a bit speechless and thinking about watching my English from now on. Thank you for the visit and for sharing. I am honored that you chose to do so! I would also urge people to follow the link you provided for more information on this story.

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