$30,000 Awarded in College Scholarships

June 2023
Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union Awards $30,000 in Scholarships to Big Island Students

The dreams of ten Hawaii Island high school graduates are closer to being fulfilled with the generous support of Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union (HCFCU). Through the credit union's annual scholarship program, the students will receive a $3,000 scholarship to attend two or four-year institutions of higher learning in the coming school year. The high school graduates were selected out of a field of 199 applications from 17 Big Island High Schools. The Yasunori Deguchi Scholarship and the Edwin Ueda Scholarships are specifically for post-high school graduates currently attending college or going back to college. HCFCU has provided scholarships to Hawaii Island students for more than 36 years.

The ten scholarships are named after a volunteer or a manager who made significant contributions to the credit union. The deserving students are:
Ciara Blaber The Albert Akana Scholarship was presented to Ciara Blaber, a graduate of Kealakehe High School.
Sophia Burgess The Frank Ishii Scholarship was presented to Sophia Burgess, a graduate of Konawaena High School.
Kristine Domingo-Peregrino The Ichiro Shikada Scholarship was presented to Kristine Domingo-Peregrino, a graduate of Honokaa High School.
McKenzie Tim Sing The John Y. Iwane Scholarship was presented to  McKenzie Tim Sing, a graduate of Ke Kula O Nawahiokalaniopuu Iki LPCS.
Puuwaihaa Kalauokaaea-Kahele The Katsumasa Tomita Scholarship was presented to Puuwaihaa Kalauokaaea-Kahele, a graduate of Hilo High School.
Adriana Leitch The Michael Asam Scholarship was awarded to Adriana Leitch, a graduate of Kohala High School.
Ava Leilani Shimabuku The Mitsugi Inaba Scholarship was presented to Ava Leilani Shimabuku, a graduate of Kamehameha Schools Hawaii.
Sienna Chanhmany The Peter T. Hirata Scholarship was awarded to Sienna Chanhmany, a graduate of Waiakea High School.
Vaihere Otare The Edwin Ueda Scholarship was awarded to Vaihere Otare, who is a graduate of Kealakehe High School and is currently attending Hawaii Community College.
Shyla Williams The Yasunori Deguchi Scholarship was awarded to Shyla Williams, who is a graduate of St. Joseph High School and is currently attending the Universiity of Hawaii at Hilo.
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73-5611 Olowalu Street, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union's routing number is 321379818.

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We all want peace of mind when it comes to keeping our hard-earned money in savings accounts. Your Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union accounts are safe with us and insured by the NCUSIF for up to $250,000. If you need insurance beyond that amount, we'll help you structure your account so you can get additional coverage. Keep in mind our IRA accounts are insured separately up to $250,000, too.


Yes, Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union participates in shared branching. Whenever you're traveling on the mainland, you can still get easy access to your Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union account through our partnership with the CO-OP Network.
Locate a shared branch online or by calling 888-748-3266.