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Hawai‘i Community FCU furnishes home for kupuna, wins home design contest

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Hawai‘i Community FCU’s living space at the Sacred Heart Affordable Housing Project in Pāhoa. Photo Courtesy: HCFCU

Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union (HCFCU), a leading financial institution dedicated to  serving the communities of Hawai‘i Island, continues its commitment to supporting kupuna by furnishing a comfortable living space at the Sacred Heart Affordable Housing Project in Pāhoa. 

“We are proud to be part of this collaborative effort that prioritizes the well-being of our kupuna,” said  Tricia Buskirk, CEO and President at HCFCU. “This project reflects our ongoing dedication to  enhancing the lives of our elderly community members.” 

Originally targeted for a December 2020 move-in, the project faced delays due to challenges stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, extending the completion date to November 2023. HCFCU, a longstanding  partner of HOPE Services, participated in a home design contest held by HOPE Services, inviting local  organizations to decorate and furnish homes within the project. 


Embracing the opportunity, HCFCU signed on to sponsor one of the housing units to create a welcoming home for its future occupant. Upon completion, HOPE Services invited the community to cast votes for  their favorite designs. With over 62% of the popular vote, HCFCU won the contest, in a celebration of  their thoughtful touches and inviting décor. 

“Our partnership with HOPE Services underscores our commitment to providing dignified spaces for  these important members of our community,” noted Buskirk. “Our goal is to ensure kupuna have a  sense of belonging and security in their new home.” 

The history between HCFCU and HOPE Services spans several years, with HCFCU designating HOPE as  their triennial beneficiary. From 2019 to 2021, HCFCU raised over $82,000 to support the organization’s  various initiatives. In continuation of this partnership, HCFCU pledged to sponsor a home at the Sacred  Heart Affordable Housing Project.


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