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PO’E KOKUA KANAKA: People Helping People

CU Hawaii is well rooted in communities across all of Hawai`i Island.  We give back monetarily and in human resources by fundraising and participating in many community events and non-profit organizations that benefit our resident’s island wide. For CU Hawaii it is all about people helping people.  Whether it’s in the financial arena or out in the community we are creating “MORE POSSIBILITIES” in everything we do! 

Each year our staff and members get personally involved in raising funds for The American Heart & Stroke Association Heartwalk, American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life held at the Francis Wong Stadium in Hilo and Special Olympics East Hawai`i Mile of Quarters to help defray the traveling costs of our Hawai`i Island athletes to attend the state games on the island of Oahu.

CU Hawaii also directly makes close to $20,000 in monetary donations to many other non-profit organizations.  We help to raise money for continued education scholarships, sports equipment and uniforms for junior sports teams, participating in community events that earmark their funds for the Hilo and Kona Medical Foundations and much more. 




Relay for Life

Relay For Life Banner

Join CU Hawaii in raising funds in supporting Relay For Life of the Big Island as they lead the fight for a better world without cancer. 


$5 per bar

The famous Big Island Crunch bar—your on-the-go bar that perfectly fits in your purse or backpack.Sold at all CU Hawaii branches beginning June 7!

Stop by before they're gone!


$10 per bag

The perfect snack for a movie night in or for your post nature hike. Sold at all CU Hawaii branches.

$5 suggested donation

Dedicate a luminaria bag to honor a loved one lost or a cancer survivor. 

For every luminaria bought, you’ll be entered into a drawing for a $50 donation in your name to American Cancer Society and a giant luminaria box!

Luminaria bags will be available until July 9th at all CU Hawaii branches.
Please drop off decorated luminaria bags at any CU Hawaii branch by July 9, 2021.

Join CU Hawaii and RFL Big Island at the Luminaria Drive-Through experience at Lili’uokalani Gardens on Saturday, July 17th from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. For more information or to make cash contributions, visit:

Relay For Life 2021



CU Hawaii FCU is proud to announce the recipients of the 2021 scholarship program. A total of $5,000 was awarded to five Hawai’i island graduating high school seniors.

“We recognize value of education and understand that tuition costs are on the rise. To be able to assist these young adults in their bright paths of success is something we are proud of.” James Takamine, President/CEO stated.

The recipients are Pascal Yann Kawehi Cabuzel, Megan Nakamoto, Ethan Okahara-Olsen, Sophia Perry and Kacie Tagawa. Recipients of the $1,000 scholarships were selected based on their submitted essays. This year’s essay question was:

Let’s go back to 2016, 5 years ago. Looking back as an 8th grader, how did you see your future self in your last semester of senior year and what lessons did you learn along the way that you can apply to move forward to get to 2026, 5 years where you want to be? 

Pascal Yann Kawehi Cabuzel
Hawaii Prepatory Academy

University of Southern California

“I must continue to step outside of my comfort zone, try new things and be spontaneous. A new journey awaits, one that is just as fun and exciting.”

Megan Nakamoto
Waiakea High School

University of California, Los Angeles
Life Sciences

“Don’t settle. Be patient. Speak now. Think freely. Love yourself. Moving forward, I’ll apply these five takeaways to my coming endeavors”

Ethan Okahara-Olsen
Waiakea High School

University of Washington

“If I ever wanted to become involved with medicine and be able to have a significant impact in the health and lives of many people, I would need to have a strong basis in the sciences and humanities.”

Sophia Perry
Kamehameha Schools

Northwestern University

“I learned to find personal value in every project and focus on things that I am truly curious about and most excited to do.”

Kacie Tagawa
Waiakea High School

University of Oregon
Sports Marketing

“This year alone, I have learned how resilience and determination is very important in everyday life.”