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Credit union president cited as emerging leader in Hawaii


James Takamine, president and CEO of Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union, has been recognized by Hawaii Business Magazine in its recent “20 for the Next 20” – an annual acknowledgment of Hawai`i’s emerging leaders in business, nonprofits, government, education and law.

James Takamine

Takamine was the only Hawaii Island executive named to this short list of “people to watch” in the state of Hawaii. The magazine characterizes these 11 men and nine women as “an outstanding group of individuals who already have a strong record of achievement and the potential to do much more.”

At the helm of Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union for just under two years, Takamine has worked in almost every aspect of banking from Wall Street to large banks on the East Coast to a regional position with American Savings Bank.

All of these positions prepared him to appreciate the environment of the Credit Union, where servicing members takes precedent over the bottom line.

A graduate of Kamehameha Schools, Takamine earned his undergraduate degrees at Macalester College in Minnesota. After working at First Hawaiian Bank for five years he returned to school and obtained a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard and an MBA from Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business.

Takamine is just the third president/CEO for the 75-year-old Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union and he describes his work as rewarding.

“We are uniquely positioned to grow; there is a lot of opportunity ahead of us. I look forward to nourishing the innovative spirit of the organization’s original pioneers and taking the Credit Union into the future,” Takamine said.

Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union is a not-for-profit credit union currently observing its 75th anniversary. Hawaii Community FCU is wholly owned by its more than 39,000 member/owners and the financial institution has branches in Honokaa, Kailua-Kona, Kaloko, Kealakekua and Kohala.

In addition to complete checking and savings services, the credit union offers credit cards, auto, mortgage, construction, small business, educational and personal loans; investment services; money-saving programs and more.

It sponsors Student Credit Unions at Kealakehe, Kohala and Konawaena high schools, Children’s Savings Projects at elementary schools from Paauilo to Hookena and supports numerous Island of Hawaii programs and events.

Membership in Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union is open to all island residents.

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