Jack-of-all-trades retires after more than a decade of leadership

on "August 08, 2019 11:43 am"

HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union announced the retirement of John “JK” Kaneshiro after 13 plus years of dedicated service to its staff, members, and community.

Kaneshiro excelled as chief financial officer, chief lending officer, and senior vice president & group director in his HawaiiUSA career.

“He’s a mentor and jack of all trades,” said Kaleo Kuroda, chief strategy officer. “He knew something about everything and was willing to share.”JK

He was also instrumental to HawaiiUSA’s strategic vision and graciously shared his knowledge and expertise honed over decades of leadership going back even to his years spent as chief financial officer at University of Hawai'i Federal Credit Union and principal at CU Resources, LLC. “He was the consummate humble leader who allowed those around him to shine,” said Greg Chang, chief financial officer.

“You could always count on JK,” added Brandy Oki, chief operations officer. “If he said he was going to do something he made sure it got done and always took the time speak into your career with your success in mind. A true teacher at heart.”

“He was especially considerate and conscious of those transitioning into new responsibilities and took the time to answer questions,” said Kelii Peltier, AVP - loan administrator.

“He was the first person that I met at HawaiiUSA,” said John Donlin, chief marketing officer. “I was impressed with his insight about the future of the credit union industry. Despite his long tenure and success, he knew that we needed to continue to adapt and change to enjoy future success.”

“He showed us that you can make a difference by working as a team seeking a common goal,” said Janice Frias, loan administration manager. “No matter the situation, he approached it with a cool and even-keeled demeanor and always willing to take someone under his wing.”

“It’s been an honor working with JK over the years,” said Karl Yoneshige, president/CEO. “He leaves very big shoes to fill, as well as a lasting mark on many of us here. And although his leadership and friendship will be dearly missed, we are all truly excited for this new chapter in his life.”