Credit Unions Celebrate Around the World

October 1, 2020
Each year we come together to celebrate International Credit Union Day (ICU Day) to raise awareness about what it means for members around the world to have a credit union as their financial partner. This year's global health crisis has been trying for many communities around the world, but credit unions stayed true to their cooperative principles and stepped up during this time of economic uncertainty. Hope is a global resource that everyone has a right to feel and experience. This year's ICU Day theme “Inspiring hope for a global community” reflects how credit unions contribute to a brighter future by providing financial empowerment to people all over the world through financial services, education and support.
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People Helping People: Kehau’s Story

September 18, 2020
I don’t want this to be a story of empathy, but of courage to step out as a woman and have the strength to believe in things you might have doubted you could achieve. In this case it was the financial side that I needed reassurance that I could make it. Maui County Federal Credit Union was there to help ease those uncertainties.
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2021 Board Nominations

September 15, 2020
Board of Directors Chairman Edwin Okubo appointed the following to the Nominating Committee for the 2021 Board of Directors election: Frederico Asuncion, Robert Kawahara and Edwin Okubo. The Nominating Committee submits the following names for nomination to the Board of Directors for the 2021 Annual Meeting election (four to be elected): Richelle Lu, Glenn Okimoto, Karen Oura and Kirsten Szabo. Read nominee bios

Unemployment Benefits are Taxable

September 8, 2020
With millions of Americans now receiving taxable unemployment compensation, many of them for the first time, the Internal Revenue Service today reminded people receiving unemployment compensation that they can have tax withheld from their benefits now to help avoid owing taxes on this income when they file their federal income tax return next year. See full article here

Play Small Business Bingo

September 1, 2020
Throughout September, we’re stepping up our support of small businesses by encouraging you to eat local. Let’s show our favorite places to eat some love!

We challenge you to a game of Bingo. Eat at five restaurants from one of the Bingo card options featured on our Facebook and Instagram pages. You do NOT need to get five in a row on the Bingo card, just show us that you’ve eaten at five of the restaurants between September 1 – 30, 2020 to be entered to win one of five $100 Visa gift cards. See full article here

School Supplies for Kids in Need

August 28, 2020
Thank you to all those who supported our Adopt a Backpack drive, which raised over $3,100 and collected 2,124 items to help kids in need go back to school with the tools they need to succeed. Because of you and our partnership with The Salvation Army we helped over 140 kids.

Contact Tracing Scams

August 26, 2020
As Covid-19 cases increase, so too will contact tracing. Contact Tracers are people that work for the Hawaii Department of Health to track anyone exposed to Covid-19. Scammers are posing as Contact Tracers in attempts to steal your identity and money.

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Employee of the Quarter: Kaitlin Barcoma

August 19, 2020
Congratulations to Employee of the Quarter, Kaitlin Barcoma. Kaitlin join Maui County FCU as a Loan Processor last year. “In the short time Kaitlin has been with us she has distinguished herself as an exceptional employee. She consistently goes above and beyond and led the team doing deferrals. She is always looking for extra things to do or to learn, spends down time reading and studying to increase her financial knowledge. She has taken detailed notes of the training she has been through and has graciously volunteered those notes to be assist with future loan training.”

Feeding Maui’s Hungry

August 4, 2020
In July, employees prepared 1,296 bags of food at the Maui Food Bank to help the Senior Mobile Pantry Program which provides bags of food each month to seniors residing at Hale Mahaolu across Maui County, including Molokai and Lanai, and the Emergency Food Bag Program, which delivers bags of food distributed through The Salvation Army and the Maui Food Bank office.

$15,000 in Scholarships Awarded to Maui Students to Further Their Education

July 27, 2020
Maui County Federal Credit Union (FCU) awarded 15 Maui County students $1,000 scholarships each towards their college education. Since inception of its scholarship program in 2002, Maui County FCU has awarded scholarships totaling $237,000. This year’s scholarship recipients are Joanna Marie Acosta, David Advincula, Kamran Bhattacharya, Kaitlyn Evans, Taylor Ganer, Malino Jacinto, Braydon Kaiama, Nikolas Kron, Shanel Mangaoang, Cassidy Matsuda, Mindy Montalvo, Taylor Morita, Kamalei Nemoto, Emi Sakumoto, and Keana Varner.
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Wailuku Branch Open on Saturdays

July 22, 2020
Effective August 1, 2020, Maui County Federal Credit Union (FCU)’s main, branch in Wailuku at 1888 Wili Pa Loop will be open on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., in addition to being open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Prior to the pandemic, Maui County FCU’s Kahului branch was open on Saturdays, however in order to ensure that members have the ability to maintain six feet distance while in line, it was determined that the Wailuku branch would best be able to accommodate members.
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Celebrating 85 Years of Service

June 30, 2020
Throughout the months April, May, and June 2020, we celebrated several milestone anniversaries with a cumulative 85 years of service. Mahalo:
  • U'i Kelekoma, Senior Member Service Representative for 10 years
  • Bobbie Pagay, Marketing Specialist for an amazing 35 years
  • Wes Higuchi, Chief Lending Officer for 10 years
  • Myron Sakamoto, Chief Operations Officer for 20 years
  • Mike Gurat, Chief Administrative Officer for 10 years

School Supplies Drive for Maui Kids in Need

June 18, 2020
We are holding school supplies and backpack drives at each of its branches in Kahului, Lahaina and Wailuku from June 22 until July 17, 2020. These events will support The Salvation Army Maui's annual back-to-school efforts to provide backpacks filled with school supplies for Maui's children in need. Backpacks of supplies from the below list can be dropped off at Maui County FCU branches during business hours and are 100% tax deductible.
See full list of supplies here.

Beware of Unemployment Insurance Scams

June 9, 2020
Across the nation, criminals are targeting state unemployment insurance systems to exploit the COVID-19 pandemic. In one scam, fraudsters use personal information stolen in earlier data to apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits and attempt to route payments to their own bank accounts or debit cards.
Learn what to do if this happens to you here

Credit Unions of Maui Donate $7,500 to the Maui Food Bank

June 3, 2020
On June 3, 2020, the Credit Unions of Maui made a $7,500 donation to the Maui Food Bank to help provide food for those in need throughout Maui County. "With one in three Maui residents currently unemployed, the Credit Unions of Maui felt the need to come together to support our Maui community in a way that would make a greater impact collectively than what each credit union could do individually. Numerous deserving nonprofits were discussed, but we thought that we could do the most good by donating to the Maui Food Bank at this time. We hope that this gift will help inspire others to continue doing whatever they can to help those in our community who are in need." states Credit Unions of Maui Chapter President, Clayton Fuchigami.
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Adapting to Meet New Challenges and Your Needs

May 29, 2020
I would like to give you a heartfelt 'thanks' for your patience and understanding as we adjust our operations to keep you safe while keeping our doors open to continue meeting your financial service needs. Mahalo to all of you who have taken the time to enroll in online banking or have started using Maui County FCU's mobile app to conveniently deposit checks, make a loan payment, check balances and transfer funds at any time from the comfort and safety of your home.
Read the full message from our CEO here.

Congratulations Jolynn, Employee of the Quarter

May 13, 2020
Jolynn Nishikuni has been working tirelessly throughout this pandemic, making appointments back-to-back to open accounts and CDs, and assist members with their financial needs. She works diligently to take care of members and her coworkers while remaining professional and cheerful. She is a tremendous asset to Maui County FCU and our members. You can find Jolynn at our Wailuku branch.

Emergency Assistance Loans Available

May 4, 2020
Between budget disruptions and unexpected expenses, we realize cash flow may be a little tight right now. We are committed to doing everything we can to assist you in times of financial hardship and are pleased to be able to offer members a special low-rate, short-term Personal Loan up to $5,000 to help relieve financial stresses during these difficult times.
Apply for a loan here or see our current rates here

Chief Development & Communications Officer Hired

April 30, 2020
Maui County Federal Credit Union (FCU) has hired Denise Thayer into the newly created position of Chief Development & Communications Officer. In her role, she is responsible for creating and executing Maui County FCU’s marketing and business development initiatives in alignment with the organization’s strategies. In addition, Denise oversees membership and community engagement growth.
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Discover the Convenience of Banking from Home

April 28, 2020
As working from home becomes the new normal for people, Maui County FCU is here to help make banking feel more normal at home too. With our convenient online and mobile services, it’s easy and secure to manage your money and your credit union accounts from your home or wherever you are. With home banking you can check your account balances, transfer funds, or make a loan payment. In addition, with our mobile app, you can remotely deposit checks.
Download our app from the App Store or Google Play.

Supporting Our Healthcare Heroes

April 20, 2020
Maui County FCU donated care packages consisting of Starbucks gift cards, snacks, and a towel to each Home Health by Hale Makua employee. We are proud to support the employees of Home Health by Hale Makua as they endeavor to continuing skilled nursing and therapies in the homes of their patients throughout the pandemic. We wanted to do something that would provide our Home Health staff with a little pick-me-up while on the road between patient visits. Mahalo to all our healthcare heroes for all that they continue to do to ensure the health of our community members during these uncertain times.