2019 Annual Convention


Hawaii's Credit Unions for Kids Golf Tournament to Benefit Kapiolani Children's Miracle Network

Hawaiian music master Nathan Aweau entertains at Friday night banquet

Relevant, insightful, and exciting educational sessions are set 

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81st HCUL Annual Convention returns to Hawaii Island

Registration will begin January 2019

Make your plans now to attend Hawaii Credit Union League’s 81st Annual Convention, May 2-4, 2019 at Hilton Waikoloa Village. Meet industry leaders, network with peers, and enjoy the beauty of the Kohala Coast on sunny Hawaii Island.

The theme for the 81st Annual Convention is “Defining our Future”. In an ever-changing global, national, and local environment, credit union leaders who take ownership of the future will define their credit union’s success.

Join us for energizing educational sessions as we explore ideas, industry trends, and best practices that will help shape a successful future. The Hawaii’s Credit Unions for Kids Golf Tournament is set for Thursday, May 2 at King’s Course followed by a 19th Hole after party at the Mai Grille.  And an exciting exhibit hall features products and services designed to enhance your credit union.

Please bookmark this page and return for convention updates as they become available.

HCUL Convention Staff Contacts:

Convention Coordinator: Wendy Kishida, 808.203.6408, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Golf Tournament Coordinator: Grant Kashiwabara, 808.203.6402, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Contributing Exhibits and Sponsorships: Becky Jandoc, 808.203.6416, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Advertising: Laurie Moore, 808.203.6403, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Hilton Waikoloa Village View from the Grand Staircase
Boats take guests around the property An inviting secluded lagoon
Lagoon Tower king guest room Pool side fun & relaxation


It's not a convention without golf! Hawaii's Credit Unions for Kids Golf Tournament to Benefit Kapiolani Children's Miracle Network is set!

Hawaii’s Credit Unions for Kids Golf Tournament to benefit Kapiolani Children’s Miracle Network will be played on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at Kings’ Course in Waikoloa. The 19th Hole Awards party happens directly after tournament play ends.

For a complete test of golf skills, no facility on the Kohala Coast compares with Waikoloa’s unique Kings’ Course. Designed by former British Open Champion Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish, the Kings’ Course offers golf in an island paradise on a course resembling a layout along the coast of Scotland. With stunning views of towering volcanoes framed by palm trees and vibrant flowers, you’ll have no trouble remembering that you’re golfing in paradise. The 7,000-plus yard links-style course snakes over and around an ancient lava flow and is best known for its wide undulating fairways, multiple tee placements and challenging pot bunkers.


Your League is excited to welcome Na Hoku Hanohano award-winning musician Nathan Aweau to our convention banquet. Known for his session work, solo endeavors, and being one-half of the Billboard Chart topping group Hapa, Aweau will provide the evening entertainment at Friday’s banquet.

Nathan Aweau was born into a musical family. His grandparents played multiple instruments and performed with a band. His mother played piano and his father taught music for many years.

Aweau learned to play piano, guitar, and ukulele at an early age. As a teen, his main instrument was the saxophone. He also is gifted with a natural ability to sing. In college he played bass in a jazz ensemble and decided this would be his main musical instrument.

He started playing professionally with Gabe Baltazar, Henry Kapono, Loyal Garner, and Nohelani Cypriano to name a few. He was a member of Na Hoku Hanohano award winning groups Ka'eo and The Ali'i's and worked for 16 years with the legendary Don Ho.

He has taught various high school and college level seminars on writing, arranging, and computer music sequencing. Aweau also performed in local commercials and produced music for television and radio advertising.

In 2001, Nathan released a CD, “E Apo Mai”, which garnered him Na Hoku Hanohano awards for “Male Vocalist of the Year”, “Song of the Year” and “Contemporary Hawaiian Album of the Year”. A few years after, he released a Jazz CD called “Bass Etude”, which won “Jazz Album of the Year”. Aweau is the only male artist to receive Na Hoku Hanohano “Male Vocalist of the Year” award three times.

From 2003-2010, Nathan was a member of the duo Hapa. In 2005 they released an album called “Maui” which shot up the Billboard Magazine’s World Music chart, peaking at number seven. The following year Hapa won four out of six Na Hoku Hanohano Awards.

In December 2008 Aweau released “Kane’ohe”, a CD of songs celebrating the place he calls home. He wrote all 12 songs, played every instrument, sang all the background parts, engineered, mixed, and mastered the entire CD.

Aweau's new CD, 'Aina Hanau, is inspired by his beloved Hawaii – and his first grandchild, Queen Lili’uokalani, Tahiti, and Nagaoka, Japan (Honolulu’s sister city).

Listen to Nathan Aweau’s music online. 

Relevant, insightful, and exciting educational sessions are set

We are pleased to announce these speakers and topics have been confirmed to date. More session information to come as additional confirmations are secured. Click on the highlighted speaker names in their biographies to see short segments of their recent videos.

Extraordinary Visions (General Session)

Dewitt Jones, National Geographic photojournalist, author, motion picture director, keynote speaker

Where do we find the vision to take our lives to the next level? How do we summon the passion to keep “raising the bar”? How can we make our life less of a struggle and more of a joy? The answers lie in images we hold about ourselves, our future, and the way we grow.  In his 20-year career with National Geographic, Dewitt Jones lived the vision of “celebrating what’s right with the world” and embraced an attitude that elevated his business and life. His creative tools as a photographer had deeper application in his personal and professional growth. Using his own extraordinary photographs as illustrations, Jones aims to ignite your own passion, balance your head with your heart, and be inspired by your own creative potential.

Twenty years of capturing images from around the globe for National Geographic has earned Dewitt Jones the reputation as a world-class photojournalist. As a motion picture director, he had two documentary films nominated for Academy Awards before he was 30 years old.His presentations as a sought-after speaker are genuine and truly outstanding. He has produced seven best-selling video training programs, which are used every day by corporations, schools, churches, hospitals, and consultants. He inspires thousands to find their “next right answer” and to “celebrate what’s right with the world”! Jones has published nine books including California! and John Muir’s High Sierra. His most recent book, The Nature of Leadership, was created in collaboration with Stephen R. Covey.

Defining Our Future:  What Should We Be Talking About? (General Session)

Patrick Adams, St. Louis Community Credit Union

As we look around the corner to the future, what must we do to serve more members better?  Times are changing fast and we need to be on our game to maintain our position as the best financial institution solution for consumers.  A strategic discussion will engage all levels of credit union leadership on the issues that demand investment.

Stress Test Your Leadership (Concurrent Session)

Former world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson once said, “everyone has a plan until they get punched in the nose.”  He’s right.  What happens when things get tough?  Will your plan hold up?  Will your leadership hold up?  Discover seven factors to key in on to ensure that no matter what happens around you, you will SURVIVE the pressures of market competition. 

Patrick Adams never met a paradigm he wouldn't like to change. He helps audiences question the "because-we've-always-done-it-that-way" mentality and develops real-world solutions. He emphasizes the importance of service and quality through all delivery systems and challenges audiences to accept and adapt to change...no matter how painful. Adams has devoted over 25 years to the credit union movement and served as executive vice president of St. Louis Community Credit Union for more than 15 years. He also held various positions at other large Missouri credit unions and helped the Missouri League develop numerous programs and projects. 

Small Credit Unions: Relevant or Relics? (Concurrent Session Friday)

Mike Schenk, CUNA and Affiliates

This presentation includes extensive audience participation in lively roundtable discussion as you explore strategies and tactics adopted by successful small credit unions.

Economic Update: The End is Near (Concurrent Session Saturday)

Economic performance and market interest rate movements drive credit union operating results and interactions with members. The average duration of U.S. economic recovery is roughly five years in the post-WWII period, but the current expansion is now starting its tenth year.  Can it continue?  Will tax cuts fuel inflation pressures?  Will fiscal stimulus cause more aggressive Federal Reserve interest rate increases?  This session will explore implications of key economic developments, potential credit union responses, and prospects for future success.

Mike Schenk has over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry. He joined CUNA in 1992 and is currently vice president of economics and statistics. He conducts economic research and supports CUNA's public relations and lobbying efforts. His analyses regularly appear in trade publications such as Credit Union Magazine. He also is a frequent contributor in the financial media, including CNBC, Bloomberg, and CNN Money. Schenk serves on the board of a $1.5 billion credit union. Before joining CUNA, he served in director-level positions in the mutual fund and savings institution industries.


Bank Secrecy Act Training (Concurrent Session Friday)

Dorie Fitchett, Hawaii Credit Union League

Volunteers need to understand the importance of Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) regulatory requirements, ramifications of noncompliance, and risks posed to the credit union. Learn what can happen if the credit union does not comply with BSA, the U.S. PATRIOT Act, and the Office of Foreign Assets Control.

Dorie Fitchett is Hawaii Credit Union League’s regulatory officer and has over four decades of experience working for and serving the needs of Hawaii’s credit unions. She assists credit unions with regulatory compliance activities, which includes publishing the weekly InfoSight eNewsletter, conducting Bank Secrecy Act training, and researching answers to specific compliance questions. Fitchett is certified as a Credit Union Compliance Expert and Bank Secrecy Act Compliance Specialist.


Technology Trends Impacting Financial Services (Concurrent Session Saturday)

Patrick McElhenie, CUNA Mutual Group

Technology has two sides. On one, it opens up vast opportunities to operate more efficiently and develop new solutions to better serve new and existing customers. On the other, it brings new risks and challenges. Over the next 2-3 years artificial intelligence (AI), the gig economy and competition from Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon will potentially have the greatest impact on members and credit unions.  This session further analyzes and breaks down these trends, so credit unions can effectively prepare for the changing technology and financial landscape.

Bring the “A” in Agile to Your Credit Union (Concurrent Session Saturday)

Consumer demand for convenience continues to drive member expectations. Are you falling behind in bringing innovative products and services to market?  Has an initiative ended with something no longer relevant in the marketplace?  Has a new product exceeded budget long before it’s completed and launched?  Do you want to experience faster time to market and an earlier ROI?  If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then learn more about best practices leveraging an Agile development process.  Agile Methodology is being utilized across top industries to reduce cost and deliver more value faster with less risk and better quality!  Your competitors are effectively using this approach every day.  Gain a better understanding of Agile development and how to put these principles to work for your credit union.

Patrick McElhenie is product management director for CUNA Mutual Group’s Lender Development Program. He is responsible for product strategy development, strategy execution, and overall program management. McElhenie joined CUNA Mutual Group in 1998. He has served as corporate sales planner responsible for sales strategy development and execution of CUNA Mutual Group’s lending products and solutions. He was also regional sales manager for CUNA Mutual Group’s central region, manager of business development for the midwest marketing division and assistant vice president of solutions training.