On December 9, 2020, we broke ground on the future site of our new headquarters and Wailuku Branch in Kehalani Village Center. The new building will double the size of its current Wailuku branch and main office and replace Wili Pa Loop location. The building is anticipated to be completed in mid-2022.
“When we moved into our current Wailuku location in 1998, we had 6,000 members and nine employees. We never dreamt that we would need space to accommodate more than 30 employees.” reminisces Gary Fukuroku, Maui County FCU President / CEO. “This new building will enable us to be more efficient in serving our nearly 20,000 members, allow us to centralize our consumer loans and human resources personnel who are currently housed in a separate location, and position the organization for future growth.”
We engaged NewGround, a St. Louis-based architecture, design and project management firm to design and build our Wailuku branch and headquarters. The new 26,100 square foot location will feature a drive-up ATM, safe deposit boxes and open-ended cash bars to better serve members. When completed the building will be able to accommodate up to 90 employees and have ample parking with 130 stalls.
“This is a great day for Maui County,” shared Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino. “The growth and success of this Maui-owned financial institution is really very impressive. Plus, this important construction project provides quality jobs for Maui people, so it’s two very good things at one time.”
In attendance at the groundbreaking were Mayor Michael Victorino and wife Joycelyn Victorino, Maui County FCU Board of Directors (Edwin Okubo, Chair, Frederico Asuncion, Robert Kawahara, Richelle Lu, Glenn Okimoto, Karen Oura and Kirsten Szabo), Maui County FCU Supervisory Committee members (Peter Hanao, Rhonda Loo and Nicklaus Tanaka), Maui County FCU executives (President/CEO Gary Fukuroku, Executive VP Michele Kawahara, CFO Cathy Nakamura, COO Myron Sakamoto, Chief Lending Officer Wesley Higuchi, Chief Administrative Officer Michael Gurat and Chief Development and Communications Officer Denise Thayer) and representatives from NewGround (Regional Vice President Tom White, Project Manager Monica Pangaribuan and Senior Project Superintendent Robert Escalante). Kahu John Demello and Elder Zach Lani performed the site blessing.