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Remembering John Iwane July 17, 2013HawaiiCommunity FCU remembers former Board Chair John Iwane
John Y. Iwane, a longtime Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union pioneer and former Board Chair, passed away June 12, 2013 at age 96.
Iwane started as a volunteer board member at Hawaii Community FCU in 1960 and later served as Chairman of the Board for 21 years. He also served as the Vice-Chair of the Big Island Chapter of the Hawaii Credit Union League. He received the Hawaii Credit Union League’s prestigious Volunteer of the Year award in 2006 for his leadership, personal development in credit union education and training, and participation in credit union and community activities. In 2007, Iwane received the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce’s Pualu Award for Lifetime Service, honoring his lifelong commitment to the community exemplified by his personal and business achievements. Iwane’s community service spanned over 50 years with the Lions Club serving in a variety of leadership roles and with the Boy Scouts of America where he received the Silver Beaver Award , the highest award a volunteer can receive from the Boy Scouts. He also served as a volunteer with the USDA Soil Conservation Service and as the Chairman of the Kailua Village Commission.
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. In honor of his legacy of service and commitment, an annual college scholarship award specifically for students pursuing an agriculture related field of study and the Credit Union’s Kaloko building were named in his honor.
Iwane was born in Koloa, Kauai and was a retired county agent for the University of Hawaii Cooperative Extension Service in Kona. He is survived by sons Robert and Robin, brothers Jitsuo and Harold, three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.