Hawaiian CUs pledge $500K to expand reach of medical center

November 7, 2014

HONOLULU (11/10/14)--Building on a 15-year relationship, the Hawaiian Credit Union League has established "5 in 5," a pledge through Kapiolani's Children's Miracle Network (CMN) of $500,000 over five years to the Campaign for Hawaii's Children to rebuild and expand Kapiolani's Medical Center for Women and Children.

The pledge marks a new record for Hawaii's credit unions, a long-term partner of Kapiolani Medical Center and its CMN Hospitals Credit Unions for Kids program.

"Like leagues and credit unions throughout the nation, Hawaii Credit Union League and the credit unions of

Hawaii have embraced Children's Miracle Network and its Credit Unions for Kids program as a major fund-raising initiative," said Dennis Tanimoto, Hawaii Credit Union League president. "Best of all, funds raised in Hawaii stay in Hawaii to benefit pediatric programs at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children--which has facilitated many miracles for the children of Hawaii and the Pacific Basin for decades."

Both the league and the medical center are not-for-profit organizations looking to serve local families who otherwise cannot afford quality care. "Our history with Hawaii's credit unions is a long and rich one, and we are proud to be partnered with an organization that year after year, has increased their donations to the community," Kapiolani Medical Center CEO Martha Smith said. "Hawaii's credit unions truly care about our community."

To date, the 15-year relationship between Kapiolani and Hawaii's credit unions raised more than $650,000.

Co-chaired by Dee Jay Mailer and Bert Kobayashi, the Campaign for Hawaii's Children has raised $28.4 million toward a $30 million goal to fund the first phase of a multi-year master plan to rebuild Kapiolani Medical Center.

At the successful completion of the 5 in 5 project, a rehabilitation room in the new hospital wing will be named "Hawaii's Credit Unions for Kids."