HONOLULU (9/9/14)--In the people-helping-people tradition, Hawaii credit unions are stepping up to help those affected by Tropical Storm Iselle, the Hawaii Credit Union League reported.
|A Hawaii First FCU employee tosses Spam musubi to electric company worker. (Hawaii Credit Union League Photo)|
Tropical Storm Iselle struck Hawaii Island Aug. 8. The storm-force winds knocked down trees and power lines, leaving homes uninhabitable, roads impassable and knocking out electricity.
In the days following the Aug. 8 storm, CU Hawaii FCU, Hilo, with $247 million in assets, and Hawaii First FCU, Kamuela, with $33 million in assets, addressed the most pressing needs of affected residents (League News Sept. 5).
CU Hawaii FCU gave away 1,200 liter bottles of fresh water at its Pahoa branch. People in the community came on foot, motorcycle and by car to obtain the much needed water.
The credit union also provided 10 cases of water to a local school and assisted eight of its own employees with water and ice. It provided a food basket in its lunchroom where employees could help themselves to non-perishable foods.
CU Hawaii FCU sent employees armed with Spam musubis, a popular snack and lunch food in Hawaii composed of a slice of grilled Spam on top of a block of rice, to feed utility crews who had been working around the clock to restore services back to residents of Puna.
The credit union's two community resource centers extended office hours and added services specifically to help those affected by the hurricane, including providing assistance with insurance claims and loan and credit card payments. It also provided access to Wi-Fi, power to charge electronics, homework assistance, movies, snacks and activities for kids.
CU Hawaii FCU also initiated its Kokua Puna relief fund to help those adversely affected by storm damage. All CU Hawaii FCU branches are accepting donations until Sept. 30. Donations will be given to Hawaii Island United Way and will directly benefit affected residents of the Hawaii Islands's Puna region, an area which suffered some of the heaviest damage.
On Oahu, HawaiiUSA FCU, Honolulu, with $1.3 billion in assets, donated $5,220 to the American Red Cross local Hawaii disaster relief fund.