In a state where “talking story” is a way of life, it’s surprising how many “good news” stories about Hawaii credit unions go untold. Advancing Communities is a site where credit unions can capture and share individual stories illustrating how credit unions promote financial well-being for all through the voices of credit union members and staff. These stories come in the form of 30- to -60-second video clips that bring the credit union differences to life and are featured on each state's landing page. Advancing Communities also pairs data and statistics with first-hand accounts from Hawaii credit union member stories to demonstrate the ways credit unions contribute daily to Hawaii’s unique communities.


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.

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.

Marketing materials are available to order (at no cost!) from Kapiolani Children's Miracle Network. Download the order form here

After your fundraising successes, please submit donations 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

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. 

Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children located in Honolulu, HI

Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children is the state's only specialty care facility for women and children. Proud to be the only tertiary pediatric and perinatal facility in Hawaii, Kapiolani houses the state's only pediatric intensive care unit serving all islands and the Pacific Basin. The hospital is home to 197 beds and 90 neonatal bassinets as well as a 24-hour pediatric emergency room servicing more than 20,000 patients a year.

The final numbers are in! Congratulations to Hawaii's Credit Unions for Kids!

Hawaii’s Credit Unions are celebrating sooner than expected after making a significant pledge of support to Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children in late 2013. The credit unions statewide created a fundraising initiative named “5 in 5” that represented the five-year goal to raise $500,000 for the Campaign for Hawaii’s Children. Now less than four years later, Hawaii’s Credit Unions have surpassed the goal and presented Kapiolani with a check for $536,444.

“It’s a remarkable feat that even the members got involved in donating to Children’s Miracle Network and Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children,” said Dennis Tanimoto, president of the Hawaii Credit Union League (HCUL). “We have 61 credit unions that represent thousands of employees, but more importantly, we represent over 812,000 members throughout the state. We want to express our sincere thanks to all of the credit unions in Hawaii for their role in making this campaign successful.”

Besides the record time, this gift is a record total for Hawaii’s Credit Unions as a group!

Hawaii Credit Union League is excited about partnering with Hawaii Council on Economic Education (HCEE). The mission of the HCEE is to promote and improve the teaching of economics in Hawaii’s public and private schools and increase the economic and financial literacy of Hawaii’s students and residents.

HCUL Family Involvement Committee supports HCEE and humbly asks for assistance to help get the word out. Since its inception, HCEE has trained thousands of public and private K-12 teachers across the state to broaden and deepen their knowledge of economic concepts and introduced methods, strategies, and resource materials to effectively teach economics and personal finance. Since 2002, HCEE has logged more than 27,970 teacher and student contact hours, providing economic and financial education to Hawaii's teachers, students, and the community.

HCEE also focuses on increasing public awareness of economic & financial literacy in Hawaii. HCEE supported U.S. Senator Daniel K. Akaka’s successful effort to increase federal support for economic & financial literacy. Additionally, outreach programs have been designed to stimulate student and teacher interest in economics and personal finance.

Hawaii Economics Challenge is a high school competition designed to showcase outstanding high school economics students and courses in Hawaii. Student teams of 3-4 members participate in two divisions. During initial rounds, students tackle fun and challenging written tests of their economic understanding and their reasoning ability. The final rounds of the Economics Challenge involve a "first-to-the-buzzer" format as teams answer questions on economic concepts and theories involving micro- and macroeconomics, international economics, and current events.

Economics Through the Eyes of Children Calendar Contest is a contest for students to illustrate basic economics concepts.

Stock Market Simulation is a free online tool that helps students grades 3-12 learn how the stock market works. For more information on HCEE please visit

Their Mission
Hawaii HomeOwnership Center provides education, information, and support to create successful first-time homeowners in Hawaii. By addressing barriers and increasing rates of home ownership, the HomeOwnership Center aims to build stronger families and communities throughout the state. 

The Hawaii HomeOwnership Center is a chartered member of the NeighborWorks Network, a select group of over 230 non-profit organizations serving urban and rural communities across the country. The NeighborWorks Network is part of NeighborWorks America, a national non-profit created by Congress with a direct appropriation of federal funds.

How can credit unions help?
Credit unions can direct members to Hawaii HomeOwnership Center to put them on the right path to homeownership. For more information please visit or contact Reina Miyamoto at 808.523.8116 or 877.523.9503 toll free