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First Hawaiian, Inc. (NASDAQFHB) is a bank holding company headquartered in Honolulu, Hawai'i. It is a unit of BNP Paribas.[1] Its principal subsidiary, First Hawaiian Bank founded in 1858, is Hawai'is oldest and largest financial institution headquartered in Honolulu, Hawaii, at the First Hawaiian Center. The bank has 57 branches throughout Hawai'i, three in Guam and two in Saipan. It offers banking services to consumer and commercial customers, including deposit products, lending services and wealth management, insurance, private banking and trust services. First Hawaiian was listed on the NASDAQ on August 4, 2016 and made its debut at number 12 in January 2017 publication of Forbes' American's 100 Largest Banks with $20 billion in total assets.[2]

First Hawaiian Bank
Public
Traded asNASDAQFHB
Russell 1000 Component
IndustryBanking
Founded1858
HeadquartersFirst Hawaiian Center
Honolulu
United States
Area served
United States (Hawaii, Guam, and Northern Mariana Islands)
Key people
Robert S. Harrison, CEO & President
RevenueDecreaseUS$709 million (2016)
DecreaseUS$230 million (2016)
Number of employees
2,250 (2016)
Websitewww.fhb.com

HistoryEdit

In 1858, local businessmen, Charles Reed Bishop and William A. Aldrich, opened Bishop & Co. This was the first successful banking partnership under the laws of the independent Kingdom of Hawaii. It operated from a basement room in "Makee & Anthon's Building" on Kaahumanu Street. On the day Bishop & Co. opened, it took in $4,784.25 in deposits.[3] In 1895, Samuel M. Damon bought Bishop & Co. from Charles Bishop.[4]

In 1910: Bishop & Co. bank opened its first branch in Hilo. It then opened its first Kauai branch in Waimea in 1911. In 1919 Bishop & Co. incorporated as the Bank of Bishop & Co.[5]

 
A $50 National Bank Note issued by the Bishop First National Bank

During the 1920s the bank steadily grew, acquiring the Bank of Honolulu in 1922, opening a branch in Kona in 1923, and opening yet another branch on Lanai in 1924. The bank's growth slowed after it merged with First National Bank of Hawaii, First American Savings Bank, Army National Bank of Schofield Barracks, and Baldwin Bank (Maui) in 1929. The bank then changed its name to Bishop First National Bank of Honolulu. In 1933, the bank's name became Bishop National Bank of Hawaii at Honolulu. The bank's name changed yet again in 1956, this time to Bishop National Bank of Hawaii.[4]

In 1966, Cooke Trust Company acquired the bank. It was then changed to First Hawaiian Bank in 1969. The next year, in 1970, the bank opened its first branch on Guam in Dededo.

In 1975, First Hawaiian acquired Hawaii Thrift & Loan, which had been in financial difficulty, and turned it into First Hawaiian Creditcorp.

First Hawaiian Bank acquired many other banks during the 1990s. In 1991, First Hawaiian acquired First Interstate Bank of Hawaii. Then in 1992, it acquired the East West Bank, which had one branch in Honolulu and one on Maui. In 1993, the bank acquired Pioneer Federal Savings Bank, which continued to operate as a separate institution. In 1996, First Hawaiian acquired 31 branches in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho from U.S. Bancorp. It then created a new subsidiary - Pacific One Bank - to hold the branches, with a charter in Oregon. During the same year, First Hawaiian also acquired ANB Financial Corporation, which was the owner of American National Bank in central Washington state. American National's branches eventually became part of Pacific One Bank. At the same time as all of these mergers, First Hawaiian built its new headquarters, the First Hawaiian Center.[6] At 429 ft (131 m), it is the tallest building in Hawaii.[7]

In 1997, First Hawaiian merged in Pioneer Federal and the next year merged in First Hawaiian Creditcorp. In the following year, 1998, First Hawaiian merged with San-Francisco-based Bank of the West.[8] The surviving company, First Hawaiian, Inc., was renamed BancWest Corporation. Former First Hawaiian, Inc. shareholders owned 55% of BancWest; Banque Nationale de Paris(BNP), former owner of Bank of the West, owned 45%.

in 2001, First Hawaiian Bank acquired Union Bank of California's branch network in Guam and Saipan. In December, BNP Paribas completed its acquisition of 100% of First Hawaiian Bank and its parent company BancWest. Bank of the West and First Hawaiian Bank, however, continued to operate as separate institutions.

On August 4, 2016, shares of the company started being sold on the NASDAQ.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Wernau, Julie (June 25, 2018). "Unbanked: What Happens When a Country Is Financially Cut Off?". The Wall Street Journal. Now, it is in danger of losing that crucial financial tie to the outside world as First Hawaiian, a unit of France’s BNP Paribas, prepares to close down all business with the Bank of the Marshall Islands.
  2. ^ "America's 100 Largest Banks"
  3. ^ Hill, Tiffany (October 9, 2008). "The Centenarians". www.honolulumagazine.com. Retrieved 2018-12-29.
  4. ^ a b "150 years: First Hawaiian bank". the.honoluluadvertiser.com. December 16, 2007. Retrieved 2018-12-29.
  5. ^ Cecil G. Tilton. 1927. The History of Banking in Hawaii. University of Hawaii Research Publications No. 3.
  6. ^ Daysog, Rick (December 5, 2001). "BancWest deal set to close Dec. 20". archives.starbulletin.com. Retrieved 2018-12-29.
  7. ^ "First Hawaiian Center, Honolulu | 128723 | EMPORIS". www.emporis.com. Retrieved 2018-12-29.
  8. ^ "Charles Reed Bishop (1822-1915), a philanthropic banker in Hawaii". Archives & Histoire BNP Paribas. Retrieved 2018-12-29.
  9. ^ Segal, Dave (2016-08-04). "First Hawaiian stock jumps 5.4% in market debut". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Retrieved 2018-12-29.

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