Leaving a lasting legacy for Hawaii’s children

Update 7/2/2019

Since 1998, Hawaii’s credit unions raised $1,348,387

for Kapiolani Children's Miracle Network

Kapiolani Fast Facts

  • Kapiolani Medical Center is Hawaii’s only CMN Hospital
  • 6,100 babies are born each year at Kapiolani Medical Center
  • Over 950 newborn babies spend at least one night in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) away from their families
  • For infants born weighing under 3.3lbs, the average stay in the NICU is 75.9 days
  • Diamond Head Tower opened July 2016 with 70 private NICU rooms
  • More than 45,000 families rush their loved ones to Hawaii’s only Emergency Room staffed with Pediatric Emergency Specialists
  • Each year, the Transport Team provides critical medical transport to Kapiolani by air and ambulance for 3,538 infants and children


Kapiolani CMN Fundraising Priorities

  • Critical Care Transport Team provides statewide services to Kapiolani by air and ambulance 365 days a year. 
  • Pediatric Heart Care Many children have life-long complexities with heart care. Currently pediatric patients need to travel to Straub or the mainland for complex cardiac procedures. A new heart center at Kapiolani will bring this specialty care to Hawaii permanently, creating more options and opportunities for families with cardiac kids. This helps reduce the risk, expense and stress of travel. 
  • Kapiolani’s Comprehensive Children's Cancer Center provides highly specialized care here in Hawaii, saving families the added stress of traveling to the mainland for treatment. Our team includes pediatric oncologists, pediatric surgeons, radiation oncologists, pathologists, nurses, psychiatrists, social workers, nutritionists, and home health care professionals — all with expertise in treating children and adolescents with cancer.

2018 Fundraising Success!

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Aloha Pacific FCU check presentation at Kapiolani Medical Center's new Diamond Head Tower
 HCUL Board with Kayle in Rehab Waiting Area Members of the HCUL board and staff with 2018 Champion Child Kale Osai pose by the commemorative Hawaii's Credit Unions for Kids sign in the Rehabilitation area.

2018 Hickam KCMN Hickam FCU check presentation.

2018 Gather KCMN Gather FCU's golf tournament for Wilcox Memorial Hospital, which is part of the Hawaii Pacific Health ohana with Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children. 

Hawaii's Credit Unions for Kids raises funds for Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children

Meet Kayle Osai, Hawaii’s 2018 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Champion

Employee Giving Website

Vote For Miracles starts November 27 and runs through December 18 

Winter 2018 fundraising programs from Nordstrom, Ace Hardware, Coca Cola 

Your support helps children like Scarlett receive specialized medical care close to home

Children are precious gifts and represent our hope for the future. Even those who don’t have kids are “aunty” or “uncle” to these little ones, whether related or not.

Since 1998, Hawaii credit unions have come together to support Kapiolani Children’s Miracle Network. Under a national initiative called Credit Unions for Kids, Hawaii credit unions large and small have united to raise funds for Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children—Hawaii’s only Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.

In October 2013, Hawaii's credit unions pledged to raise $500,000 in five years (called the “5 In 5” initiative) for Kapiolani’s new state-of-the-art wing, which was under construction. By the end of 2016, the “5 In 5” posted an astonishing $536,444 in total donations—exceeding the original goal of $500,000 in less than five years! 

Beyond the steel frames and beautiful glass windows of this building stands the real purpose of our 5 In 5 fundraising—to help bring healing to children in Hawaii and the Pacific. Upon reaching our fundraising goal, a plaque was installed in the new rehabilitation reception room of the hospital. It proudly bears the name “Hawaii’s Credit Unions for Kids” and stands as a lasting reminder of all the fundraising efforts of Hawaii’s credit unions.

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The Credit Unions for Kids/Kapiolani Children's Miracle Network continues to be a Hawaii Credit Union League community partner. Credit unions are encouraged to raise funds for Kapiolani Children's Miracle Network now and into the future. To help with your fundraising campaign, free marketing materials are available from Kapiolani Children's Miracle Network.  Download the order form here.

Donations can be submitted to:

Colette Forcier, Program Director/Kapiolani Children's Miracle Network
55 Merchant Street, Suite 2600
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

If you have any questions, please contact Laurie Okawa Moore, HCUL Communications Officer at laurie.moore@hcul.org.  

Credit Unions for Kids ® is the brand through which the credit union movement raises funds for our industry's charity of choice—Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. All the money raised by Hawaii credit unions stay in Hawaii to benefit the programs and services of Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children—the only Children's Miracle Network hospital serving all islands and the Pacific Basin. Fundraising also benefit the pediatric services of Wilcox Memorial Hospital on Kauai and myriad outreach programs that impact the lives of children on the neighbor islands. 

Credit Unions for Kids offers fundraising ideas and turnkey programs that help credit unions maximize fundraising efforts.  Please visit their web site for more information. 

Kayle is Hawaii’s 2018 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Champion

It’s for kids like Kayle Osai that Hawaii’s Credit Unions for Kids raises funds for Kapiolani Children’s Miracle Network.

When Kayle was a year old, his mother, Melissa, insisted her son receive genetic testing as she felt something was not right.

Kayle’s tests showed that he had a chromosome 17 deletion and duplication including Carney complex, a condition that puts individuals at an increased risk of developing benign tumors in the heart and other parts of the body. Due to his condition, Kayle has received numerous medical procedures at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children.

Now 9, Kayle is doing extremely well. “Kayle is an amazing young boy who has endured more than anyone should in his lifetime. He always has a smile, a wave hi, aloha or hug to give out,” Melissa said.


10/26/18 UPDATE

Upcoming initiatives

Our fundraising efforts to support Kapiolani Children’s Miracle Network are always ongoing. Your League recognizes the hard work our credit union put into fundraising events. Your efforts helped us raised over $500,000 in less than five years during our 5 In 5 initiative.

Credit Unions for Kids (CU4Kids), the organization that supports Children’s Miracle Network fundraising by credit unions across the nation, announces upcoming initiatives to help your credit union achieve fundraising goals.

New: Employee Giving Website
CU4Kids just launched a new platform to offer credit unions their own branded site to promote fundraising to employees. This site is free of charge and won’t require any set up work from the credit union. More information will be coming out over the next few weeks and if you have any questions, please contact Chris Perry at cperry@cmnhospitals.org

Vote for Miracles


With the simple click of a mouse, credit union members and employees across the country can make a difference in the lives of sick and injured children in their community.

Today kicks off the annual Credit Unions for Kids “Vote for Miracles” promotion. Through December 18, Hawaii credit unions and the general public are invited to cast their votes to support their Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children. At the conclusion of the promotion, the top five hospitals will receive a share of a $100,000 donation on behalf of America’s credit unions, compliments of CO-OP Financial Services.

This year’s goal is to reach 1 million votes, an increase over last year’s vote count of more than 600,000.

“We are so appreciative of all that credit unions have done for our member hospitals for more than 20 years,” said John Lauck, president and CEO, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. “We are delighted that we can use Vote for Miracles to not only raise much-needed funds for our hospitals but also tell the amazing story of credit unions’ generosity through the Credit Unions for Kids program.”

Members and employees can vote daily for Kapiolani Medical Center at VoteforMiracles.org. The hospital with the most votes will win $50,000. Second through fifth place will receive $20,000, $15,000, $10,000 and $ 5,000, respectively. When a vote is cast, voters have the option to choose their credit union. The credit union responsible for the most votes in each of the winning markets will be invited to participate in the check presentation for the top hospital.

“CO-OP Financial Services is proud to sponsor Vote for Miracles for the third year in a row,” said Todd Clark, President/CEO of CO-OP. “We are providing $100,000 on behalf of our client credit unions because we believe this is a powerful opportunity to contribute to a tremendously important cause, one that truly demonstrates credit unions at work, making their communities better places to live for everyone.”

In addition to voting at www.VoteForMiracles.org, the public can also learn about the “Credit Union Difference” and how to share the hashtag #VoteForMiracles to raise support for their favorite Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.

Winter 2018 Fundraising Initiatives

The Perfect Gift for the Holiday
This holiday season, start a Facebook fundraiser to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Share your story and ask your family and friends to do the same. Facebook is matching donations up to total of $7 million. 100% of donations go directly to children’s hospitals to help kids. Get started today!

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Miracles Start Here at Nordstrom
This holiday season, customers can support CMN Hospitals at any Nordstrom location by purchasing a $10 tree card. Your donation will help provide life-saving care, education and research at your local CMN Hospital. See what parents think about the impact that donations can have on children’s hospitals.

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Spread Holiday Cheer by Rounding Up at Ace Hardware
Now through 12/24, support CMN Hospitals by rounding up your purchase when you shop at participating Ace Hardware locations. Ace’s round up program raised more than $1 million last year.

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Share a Coke to Give Back
Share a Coke this holiday and help sick kids get better. For every personalized holiday bottle purchased, Coca-Cola will donate $1 to your local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.



Your support helps children like Scarlett receive specialized
medical care close to home

On the day Scarlett was born, I witnessed my daughter struggling to breathe… My heart dropped and [I] felt hopeless.” – Sanders Sandoval

In late August of 2017 Scarlett was born. That same day, her father, a Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, could only watch helplessly as his baby girl struggled to breathe, turned blue and seemed to lose her life in front of his eyes.

“My heart dropped and [I] felt hopeless realizing that this was a life or death situation,” Sanders Sandoval said.

Little Scarlett was born with a rare condition called hydrops fetalis. Fluid was leaving the newborn’s bloodstream and flooding into her tissues. The resulting swelling could quickly overwhelm a baby’s young systems and prove fatal.

The Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women & Children team resuscitated the infant and immediately moved her into the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. She was put on a ventilator. Tubes and IVs carried medications to regulate her blood pressure. The next two days would be critical to Scarlett’s survival.

“In all my 20 years working in the medical field—10 years as a bedside RN and 10 years as an acute care nurse practitioner—I never imagined standing on the receiving end of being a patient or a parent of a patient,” Sanders said. “My wife was unable to bear seeing our daughter in such a vulnerable state.”

That was the Sandovals’ life for days.

Then, a week after giving birth, Jennifer Sandoval was able to hold her daughter for the first time.

Scarlett kept getting stronger. The tubes in her chest were removed, then the ventilator and finally the feeding tube was taken away and the little baby started to breastfeed. One month after she entered the world, the little girl the Kapi‘olani team called the miracle baby went home.

Your support of Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women & Children provides Hawai‘i’s women and children with specialized medical care, close to home.

Hawaii's credit unions have supported Kapiolani Children's Miracle Network for the past 20 years. You can help provide miracles for local families this holiday season. 

Please donate today.