2021 Hawai‘i College Guide

(Sponsored) Our annual College Guide will help parents and students navigate the road to and through college. Learn how to manage the admissions process, tackle financial aid applications, land an internship and more.


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A message from

HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union


Karl Yoneshige




ollege is a time for pursuing dreams, making lifelong friends, and tasting independence. It’s for taking risks, making mistakes, learning about yourself and how you can make an impact.


And even though the backdrop has changed, it’s still all of that and more.


Your generation is in a unique position to thrive despite adversity. Life will always present obstacles, but you’ll be better prepared to adapt. With great challenge comes great opportunity, and it’s those who remain optimistic and have the grit to put hope into action—despite the naysayers—who impact entire communities and lead us into new eras.


As you prepare for this exciting season in your life, know that you’re not alone. We’ve partnered with Honolulu Magazine to present this 2021 College Guide because dreams often require funding, and making financial dreams come true is what HawaiiUSA does best. Our commitment to education began more than 80 years ago as a credit union founded for teachers. It continues today through scholarships, teacher stipends, school and community givebacks, and the belief that building a better Hawai‘i starts with each one of us.


Your story may look different from what you imagined, but it’s still up to you to create your own adventure. We can’t wait to see where it takes you.


Hawaii USA Federal Credit Union

Mahalo nui loa,

Karl Yoneshige

President & CEO

HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union



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