HawaiiUSA helps students, artists

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    The HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union ‘ohana presents checks to Kaua‘i High School, represented by Principal Marlene Leary, art instructor Michelle Dresser and student Eva Israelsen, and the Nirmana program, represented by Seth Womble, Thursday at the mural fronting the credit union’s future home at Kukui Grove Center in Lihu‘e.

LIHU‘E — The Hawai‘iUSA Federal Credit Union distributed $1,000 each to Kaua‘i High School and the Nirmana program Thursday for efforts put forth by the two organizations in creating a mural fronting the future home of the credit union at Kukui Grove Center.

Kaua‘i High School, the future owners of the mural as construction moves forward, was represented by two students, Pepper Page and Eva Israelsen, who helped and learned from muralist Seth Womble as the creators jockeyed between the weather and school schedules to create the colorful construction screen.

As construction moves forward, the mural will be disassembled and relocated to the Kaua‘i High School campus.

Taylor Shigemoto, member-engagement director at the credit union, said he was pleased to learn the distribution was being made to an educational institution because of its efforts to create the mural, and because Nirmana was utilizing its mentorship program of teaching young people about art.

Hawai‘iUSA FCU was founded as O‘ahu Teachers No. 3 Federal Credit Union in 1936.

Womble said he is pleased not only with the students’ success in the mural creation and also with the improvement of the Nirmana program. He has plans to work with a Waimea High School student in creating a mural on the Westside.

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Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or dfujimoto@thegardenisland.com.

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