GUALO RAI, Saipan — The Bank of Hawaii will open a new branch in Springs Plaza in Gualo Rai on Feb. 1. The new bank is a consolidation of its previous two branches in Garapan and Chalan Kanoa, which closed Dec. 31 and Jan. 29, respectively.
“We are very excited about the new Gualo Rai location, as it offers a very centralized and accessible location,” James “Hobbs” Lowson, West Pacific region manager for Bank of Hawaii, told the Journal.
The newly constructed location occupies 3,250 square feet and was designed by RIM Architects. HBR International was the contractor. The project cost $1 million, according to Journal files (See “Bank of Hawaii consolidates Saipan branches, remains optimistic” in the Nov. 2 issue of the Journal.).
Customers were informed by letter in September that all services would remain status quo, including account numbers and access to Bank of Hawaii debit and credit cards. All loan, deposit, checking and savings accounts are now under one roof.
The facility has biometric access to safe deposit boxes, currency transaction recyclers and “smart” ATMs that allow for envelope-free deposits for up to 30 bills and 50 checks and also have deposit imaging capabilities.
The bank also introduced mobile deposits via its mobile application in August for its Guam, Saipan and Palau customers.
For more on this story, see the Feb. 8 issue of the Journal.