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Remembering former President and General Manager Mitsugi Inaba June 6, 2013Hawaii Community FCU remembers former President and General Manager Mitsugi Inaba
Mitsugi Inaba, Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union’s first President and General Manager, passed away March 27, 2013 at age 89.
Inaba started with the Credit Union in 1947 as a Field Representative and later became its first President and General Manager. He also served on the boards of the Hawaii Credit Union League and the Credit Union Executives Society. Following his retirement in 1987, he served as a member of the Hawaii Community FCU Board of Directors from 1988-2000.
Under his leadership, Hawaii Community FCU experienced significant growth in membership, assets, and products and services, establishing itself as one of the leading credit unions on Hawaii Island. During his tenure, he expanded the credit union’s field of membership by merging with the Kohala Federal Credit Union, administered the construction of the Kealakekua and Kailua Branch offices, and started the first student credit union in the State of Hawaii.
“Mr. Inaba was one of the Credit Union’s greatest treasures, exemplifying the credit union philosophy of people helping people and he will be remembered for his years of service and dedication to the Credit Union,” said Hawaii Community FCU President and CEO, James Takamine. “He will be missed for his insight and knowledge, but his legacy in Hawaii Community FCU will live on forever.”
Inaba was born in Holualoa, Hawaii on July 1, 1923 and retired as the President and General Manager of Hawaii Community FCU. He was a coffee farmer, a U. S. Army war veteran and a member of the Kona Lions Club and the American Legion Post 20. He is survived by wife, Yukie Inaba; sons, Brian Inaba and Derek Inaba; and daughters, Roxanne Sanehira and Gail Komorita.