About Town: 05-30-18

Credit union accepting donations for Puna residents

Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union has teamed up with its triennial responsibility partner, Hope Services Hawaii, to provide assistance to East Hawaii residents affected by the recent Kilauea volcano activity.


HOPE currently operates 10 housing-based programs throughout Hawaii Island with a staff of nearly 60 employees, and has offices, emergency shelters and transitional housing in Hilo and Kailua-Kona.

Friends and neighbors who would like to provide support may visit any of the five HCFCU branches by June 8 to donate canned goods, water, money and gas gift cards. Additionally, keiki and youth items such as backpacks, notebooks, crayons, blankets and games are needed to support the dozens of keiki currently at shelters, sleeping in cars and tents in the parking lot at the community centers. Donations will also support youth during the upcoming summer break when they’re not in school.

Info: Contact the credit union at www.hicommfcu.com, 930-7700, marketing@hicommfcu.com or ask a staff member.

Hospital auxiliary offers nursing scholarships

The Kona Community Hospital Auxiliary is accepting applications for its 2018 Nursing Scholarship Program. Scholarships may be applied for by any first or second year nursing student. Scholarship amounts this year are $2,000 each.

Nursing scholarship applications, forms and information are available at www.kchauxiliary.org or at Kona Community Hospital’s Nursing Education Department. Completed applications should be postmarked no later than June 20.

To qualify, an applicant must already be accepted into an accredited school of nursing, and not already be a registered nurse.


Scholarships will be awarded on Aug. 12 at the auxiliary’s semi-annual meeting.

Info: Contact Stephanie Irwin at 322-4560.