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Continuing education reinforces experience | 2019-01-15

Joining a community of leaders

As he puts it, “It takes about six months to a year before best practices come to Hawaii, because it starts from the east coast.” Educational programs like CUNA schools and conferences are more than just a means for Kimura to sharpen his skills. “We all have ideas we shared during the networking opportunities, and I find out whether we’re on track or we need to look at other things.”

One of the most valuable of these learning opportunities has come from Kimura earning his Certified Credit Union Board Member (CCUB) designation.

“I was very interested in [the CCUB] designation because it offered a comprehensive approach to the tools and education needed for a high-performing director,” he explains. “And I wanted to attend this program to make sure that our credit union was looking at best practices across the country that we could bring back.”

After earning his CCUB in the designation’s early days, Kimura has spent nearly ten years regularly recertifying and keeping both himself and HawaiiUSA up-to-date with leading industry best practices.

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The fair is an interactive program that allows students to make budgeting decisions (and mistakes) in an interactive learning environment. The event is designed for high school seniors where they make real life choices about a post-high school career, including how to stay within budget while paying for necessities such as housing, food and transportation.

Along the way, needs versus wants are tested as community volunteers sell vacations, puppies, hot tubs, and many more impulse-spending items that can have a major impact on a budget.

The Financial Reality Foundation partners with credit unions, providing them with a turnkey reality fair package that makes it possible to provide events to their local schools.

In a collaborative effort, the FRF and credit unions work with their own staff and community partnerships to provide the event to students in their schools during the regular school day.

Volunteers include: HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union staff members, Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui, The Rotary Club of Maui and Akaku Community TV Station.