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All seminars are designed for delivery in 60 minutes (unless otherwise noted), with an additional 10 – 15 minutes needed for question-and-answer. All seminars include printed handouts of the presentation material. Some seminars have additional resources as handouts as well.

Seminars can be booked for community organizations, schools and other groups by calling 808-694-8097 or by emailing We will attempt to honor as many requests as possible. Bank of Hawaii does not charge for this seminar, nor the printed material.

SEMINAR TOPICS as of 8/18/2011

The Core Curriculum

1. Budgeting
2. Fundamentals of Investing
3. Protecting Yourself Against Fraud
4. The ABC’s of Credit
5. The Basics of Banking

Specialty Subjects

6. Saving For Retirement
7. Pathway to Homeownership for First-Time Homebuyers
8. The Basics of Estate Planning
9. How to Write a Successful Business Plan
10. Internal Fraud Prevention for Businesses
11. Long-Term Care Insurance
12. Bank of Hawaii Senior Awareness of Financial Exploitation


1. Budgeting
Financial planning is a process of setting goals, developing a plan to achieve them, and putting the plan into action. This basic workshop explores the fundamentals of budgeting, which includes creating financial goals, analyzing your spending, and strategies to keep you on track to meet your goals. The objective of this seminar is to familiarize you with the tools you need to create your own personal financial plan and help you make the most of your money.

    Course Objectives:
    • Set SMART financial goals
    • Analyze your spending
    • Create a budget plan
    • Use strategies to follow your plan
    • Determine how you will monitor your plan

2. Fundamentals of Investing
Investing is a tool used to build your assets, increase your income and help you reach your financial goals. But when it comes to investing, you shouldn’t put all of your money into one investment, as your financial security will then depend on the strength and performance of that one investment. Ever thought, “so what should I do?” In this seminar, you will learn about the different types of investment vehicles and importance of asset allocation and diversification. Understanding these concepts will help to develop your investment strategy as you embark on your financial journey.

    Course Objectives:
    • Different types of investments and how they work
    • Importance of asset allocation & diversification in a portfolio
    • Dealing with risk
    • Retirement investing scenarios for different life cycles

3. Protecting Yourself Against Fraud
Don’t think it could happen to you? Think again. No one is immune to being a victim of fraud; criminals are always finding innovative ways to steal your money. In this seminar, we will cover the single most common form of fraud that Bank of Hawaii has seen committed against our customers: Advance Fee Fraud Schemes. This type of fraud has many variations, like “lottery winnings,” the transfer of “hidden funds,” and unexpected inheritances, which are just a few of the countless ways this scheme is perpetrated. Did you know one of the most common forms of this scam victimizes people that sell goods through classified ads or places them for sale on online auction sites? Learning how to identify this kind of scam could save you or your loved ones from being a victim.

As an added bonus, all attendees will receive a free book about protecting oneself from various forms of fraud and information theft. (Books available only while supplies last).

    Course Objectives:
    • Establish an awareness of Advance Fee Fraud Schemes
    • Understand how to reduce your risk
    • Learn what action to take if you are victimized

4. The ABC’s of Credit (90 minute course, inclusive of Q&A)
We use it to buy homes and cars, amongst other things, or as a convenient cash-alternative. But, do you really know what “credit” is? What does your credit report tell your creditors, even potential employers, and why does it matter? In this seminar, you’ll learn the answers to those questions, as well as how to ensure that you build or maintain a good credit score. You’ll also learn how to get your credit lines back under your control, or, if that’s too overwhelming, where to find help. While every credit situation is unique, The ABC’s of Credit will provide you with a foundation of knowledge so that you can take control of one of your most important financial assets – your credit worthiness.

    Course Objectives:
    • Understand the basics of credit
    • Understand credit reporting, credit scoring, and the importance of having a good credit history
    • Know what to do if credit problems occur

5. The Basics of Banking
Some people save money in a shoe box while others use a piggy bank. But eventually, a shoe box or piggy bank fills up and you’re faced with several choices. You can either get a new shoe box or piggy bank, stop saving or open a bank account. This basic workshop will explore various deposit products offered at a bank including what’s needed to open an account and how to manage it to avoid embarrassment. The objective of this seminar is to familiarize you with the different types of products offered so that you’ll be able to select the services that best suits your needs.

    Course Objectives:
    • The types of deposit products and services that banks offer
    • What a checking account is and how to use it
    • What a debit card is and how to use it
    • Managing a checking account
    • How to avoid overdraft fees

6. Saving For Retirement (90 minute course, inclusive of Q&A)
Recent studies have suggested that most Americans aren’t putting enough money away for retirement. Combine that lack-of-saving with recent volatility in the financial markets, and many people may approach retirement age and realize that they won’t be able to retire after all. Successful retirement planning basically boils down to 3 choices: Work longer, spend less, or save more. The truth is, sometimes we can’t work longer due to declining health or a job loss. And sometimes we can’t spend less, particularly in the early years of retirement, due to long-term debt commitments, such as mortgages or home equity lines of credit. So this seminar session focuses on that third factor: saving enough during our working years for a comfortable retirement.

This seminar is meant for those with at least seven or more years until reaching their desired retirement age. Those on the cusp of imminent retirement should visit their financial advisor for individualized advice.

    Course Objectives:
    • Find out why you should begin saving for retirement early
    • Learn calculations that can help you determine how much to save
    • Understand the benefits of tax-advantaged retirement accounts
    • Understand the importance of protecting yourself against risk

7. Pathway to Homeownership for First-Time Homebuyers
Your friends, family, co-workers and even the news media are saying that now is the time to buy a home, especially if you’ve never owned one before. The combination of a cool real estate market and near-historic lows on mortgage rates could make this the right time for you to buy your first home. Where do you start? How much can you afford? What do all those strange words that only get used during a real estate transaction mean? This Pathways to Homeownership seminar should help you answer those questions and more. While this seminar is designed for first time home buyers, this may also be a good refresher for those who haven’t been through the home buying process in awhile.

    Course Objectives:
    • The pre-approval process and why it’s important
    • How to find the home that’s right for you
    • How to get the financing you need

8. The Basics of Estate Planning (90 minute course, inclusive of Q&A)
What if you became incapacitated and couldn’t manage your financial affairs, or if you died suddenly? What would happen to your assets? Estate planning is deciding in advance what you want to happen in these situations, so that your family does not have to worry about the financial details. Learn how to pass your assets along to those you love while minimizing taxes and fees, avoiding legal delays and fostering family harmony.

    Course Objectives:
    • Why Estate Planning is important
    • The foundations of an Estate Plan
    • The fundamentals of gift and estate taxes

9. How to Write a Successful Business Plan
Thinking about starting your own business? If so, having a business plan is critical. It is your map that will help guide your company – small or large. Having a comprehensive and well-thought out business plan is also important when raising capital because investors want to know that you’ve done all your homework. In this seminar, you will learn more about the importance of a business plan and all the different components that go into a successful one. So start planning today. It’s your road map to success.

    Course Objectives:
    • The importance of having a business plan
    • The components of a good business plan
    • How to put your plan into action

10. Internal Fraud Prevention for Businesses
Did you know that the opportunity to commit fraud is psychologically more acceptable when employees believe that their dishonest acts will go undetected and unprosecuted? Fraud-related activity is on the rise. That is why it is critical to be able to reduce the temptation of employee fraud by implementing control measures and developing policies and procedures to combat fraud. Knowing and being able to detect the many types of schemes will also help protect your business. In this seminar, we will cover a prominent theory of why internal fraud occurs, identify the most common forms of internal fraud and provide control measures, policies and procedural tips to mitigate your risk. So take the first step today in making sure your business is protected from fraud.

    Course Objectives:
    • Understand why internal fraud occurs
    • Identify a vast spectrum of internal fraud schemes
    • Learn measures to mitigate your risk

11. Long-Term Care Insurance
Wouldn’t you rather leave your hard-earned assets to your children or grandchildren instead of spending it on long-term care services? Have you ever heard the phrase “long-term care insurance” or wondered what that is? Long-term care insurance is financial protection in the event you need help caring for yourself due to an accident, illness, age or cognitive impairment. The coverage shifts the financial risk of costly long-term care to the insurer -- protecting your assets and the resources of your loved ones while providing peace of mind. In this seminar, you will learn more about the need for long-term care, various types of care available and components of long-term care insurance. So consider getting long-term care insurance today to protect you and your loved ones.

    Course Objectives:
    • What is long-term care
    • The need for long-term care
    • The types of care available and associated costs
    • Who pays for long-term care
    • Long-term care insurance components

12. Bank of Hawaii Senior Awareness of Financial Exploitation
Millions of people fall victim to fraud each year. But did you know that many of these victims are our seniors? People spend a lifetime saving for their golden years and it shouldn’t be taken away by someone else. Fraudulent activity comes in all shapes and sizes. That is why it is critical for seniors to be educated on the different types of scams. In this seminar, you will learn about senior financial abuse and how to protect yourself from becoming victimized. So have peace of mind by empowering yourself with the tools and knowledge to help protect your hard-earned savings.

    Course Objectives:
    • Learn about senior financial abuse
    • Identify different types of scams
    • Understand how to protect yourself from fraud
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