UNITED STATES
                            Washington, D.C.  20549

                                   FORM 8-K
                                CURRENT REPORT

                      Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of
                      The Securities Exchange Act of 1934

                        Date of Report: April 24, 2001


Exact Name of Registrant              Commission             I.R.S. Employer
as Specified in Its Charter           File Number            Identification No.
---------------------------           -----------            ------------------

Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc.    1-8503                 99-0208097


                                State of Hawaii
                (State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)

                  900 Richards Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
             (Address of principal executive offices and zip code)

Registrant's telephone number, including area code:               (808) 543-5662

        (Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)

Item 5.  Other Events

News release

On April 24, 2001, HEI issued the following news releases:


HONOLULU -- The board of directors of Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. (NYSE -
HE) today declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of 62 cents per share,
payable June 12 to stockholders of record at the close of business on May 10.
The dividend is equivalent to an annual rate of $2.48 per share.

"We intend to maintain our dividend at the current level for the foreseeable
future," said Robert F. Clarke, chairman, president and chief executive officer.

Dividends have been paid continuously since 1901.  At the indicated annual
dividend rate and the closing share price on April 24, of $36.57, HEI's yield is

HEI is a diversified holding company. Its core businesses are electric
utilities, a savings bank and an international power subsidiary.



     HONOLULU -- Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. (NYSE - HE) today announced
the retirement of American Savings Bank president and chief executive officer
Wayne K. Minami effective June 1, 2001. Mr. Minami has served as president of
American Savings Bank since August 1986. Prior to joining the bank, Mr. Minami
served as the State of Hawaii's Attorney General. He has also held the title of
Director of Regulatory Agencies, State of Hawaii and in that capacity served as
Bank Examiner, Insurance Commissioner, Securities Commissioner and Consumer
Advocate in public utility cases.

     "Under Wayne's leadership, our savings bank has grown in asset size from
$900 million to $6.0 billion and has doubled the number of branches to 68
statewide," said Robert F. Clarke, HEI's chairman, president and chief executive
officer.  "I am grateful for Wayne's dedication to the bank, its employees and
customers," said Clarke.  "We will miss him and wish him well in his

     Mr. Minami is a 1960 graduate of Iolani School.  He received his bachelor
of arts degree from Yale University and his bachelor of laws degree from
Stanford University.  He serves the community as a director of Adult Friends for
Youth, Hawaii Community Reinvestment Corporation, Japan America Society of
Hawaii, The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii and the Girl Scout Council of Hawaii.
Mr. Minami is also a member of the board of governors of the Filipino Community
Center and the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii.

     Replacing Mr. Minami as president and chief executive officer of American
Savings Bank is Constance H. Lau, its senior executive vice president and chief
operating officer.  Prior to joining American Savings Bank in 1999, Ms. Lau was
HEI's Treasurer as well as Chief Financial Officer of HEI Power Corp., HEI's
international power subsidiary.  Ms. Lau originally joined the HEI companies in
1984.  She started her career as a corporate attorney in San Francisco
specializing in banking, securities and real estate law.


     Ms. Lau is a graduate of Yale University, the University of California
Hastings College of the Law and the Stanford Graduate School of Business.  Ms.
Lau is currently a trustee of Kamehameha Schools and Punahou School.  She is
also a director of the Consuelo Zobel Alger Foundation and Maunalani Foundation.

     "Connie brings breadth of experience, a wealth of ideas and unlimited
energy to the bank," said Clarke.  "She is a proven leader and I am confident
that the bank will continue to grow under her stewardship."

     HEI is a diversified holding company. Its core businesses are electric
utilities, a savings bank and an international power subsidiary.  American
Savings Bank is the third largest financial institution in Hawaii with assets of
$6.0 billion.

Forward-looking statements

This release contains "forward-looking statements," that are subject to risks
and uncertainties.  Forward looking statements are statements that are
predictive in nature, depend upon or refer to future events or conditions,
and/or include words such as "expects", "anticipates", "intends", "plans",
"believes", "estimates" or similar expressions.  Forward-looking statements in
this release should be read in conjunction with "Forward-looking statements" set
forth on page vi of HEI's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2000
(incorporated by reference herein) that discusses important factors that could
cause HEI's results to differ materially from those anticipated in such
statements.  Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this



Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the
Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the
undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

                                HAWAIIAN ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, INC.

                                 /s/ Robert F. Mougeot
                                Robert F. Mougeot
                                Financial Vice President, Treasurer
                                 and Chief Financial Officer
                                (Principal Financial Officer of HEI)

                                Date:  April 24, 2001