Impending Plastic Bag Ban inspires Tote Bag Fundraiser for Kapiolani Children’s Miracle Network

HONOLULU, HI (June 23, 2015) –Beginning July 1, 2015, Oahu joins its neighbor island counterparts in the ban on plastic shopping bags. Hawaii Credit Union League (HCUL) offers a solution for consumers that will benefit local children and the environment at the same time.

Hawaii’s credit unions are selling colorful, durable, reusable shopping bags to raise awareness and funds for Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children through its Kapiolani Children’s Miracle Network. The design theme “Mauka to Makai—Save the A’ina for the Children” represents the conservation effort of “going green” by not using plastic shopping bags. Art gallery quality scenes representing Mauka (Mountains) and Makai (Ocean) grace the sides of this bag as well as Hawaii’s Credit Unions for Kids brand.

In the fall of 2013, HCUL launched an initiative to help build a new Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children. The unified campaign is called 5 In 5 and the goal is to raise $500,000 in five years.

Since 1998, Hawaii’s credit unions have united to raise funds for Kapiolani through the Credit Unions for Kids/Children’s Miracle Network. In that time, over $750,000 has been raised that ultimately benefit the children of Hawaii through the programs and services of Hawaii’s only pediatric intensive care hospital – Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children.

“5 In 5 is a renewed effort to ensure the mission and outreach of Kapiolani continues through its new state of the art facility,” said Laurie Okawa Moore, HCUL Communications Officer. “Credit unions have raised nearly $140,000 in the first year of 5 In 5. Our new shopping bag initiative will help us reach our ongoing fundraising goals and will help consumers comply with the plastic shopping bag ban.”

Hawaii Credit Union League has partnered with locally owned Proforma Favorable Impressions ( to produce the reusable shopping bags. For more information contact participating credit unions or Hawaii Credit Union League at 941-0556.

Participating Credit Unions:

  • Garden Isle Federal Credit Union (Kauai) Ph. 808.245.2712
  • Hawaii Federal Credit Union (Oahu) Ph. 808.847.1371
  • Hawaii First Federal Credit Union (Hawaii Island) Ph. 808.885.7349
  • Hawaiian Tel Federal Credit Union (Oahu) Ph.808.832.8700
  • Hickam Federal Credit Union (Oahu) Ph.808.423.1391
  • HONEA Federal Credit Union (Oahu) Ph. 808.423.1391
  • NAVFAC Federal Credit Union (Oahu) Ph. 808.422.0577
  • OTS Employees Federal Credit Union (Oahu) Ph. 808.848.4408
  • Windward Community Employees Federal Credit Union (Oahu) Ph. 808.254.3566

Hawaii Credit Union League is the trade association representing credit unions in Hawaii and Guam. HCUL provides advocacy, member services, training, and communication and partners with its member credit unions for individual and industry-wide success.

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