At HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union, "Life matters" is in our DNA. If something matters to you, it matters to us, because we believe life is about people helping people. That's why we love to support our Hawaii communities by investing in people, their hopes, and their dreams.

Special moments are shared best through stories. So tell us your Life matters experience! How is your high school team making a real difference in your community? How does it show "heart" away from the game? If selected, your athletic team will win a $1,000 contribution to your school's team or athletic department!

Two winning teams will be announced in April, and representatives from each team will be recognized during the Distinguished Athlete Awards luncheon held following the conclusion of the sports year.

SUBMIT A NOMINATION by sending an email to, and please make sure to include the school and sport being nominated when submitting your Life matters experience.

Nominations will be accepted through February 29, 2016. Good luck!

2014-15 WINNERS

Leilehua Cheerleading

"The Leilehua High School's cheerleading squad has played an integral part of giving back to their community. The LHS cheer squad volunteers their time assisting elementary schools in the Wahiawa community as well as various charity programs. As principal of Iliahi Elementary School, the cheer program has assisted our school with various activities. They have assisted us in our Aloha Fest with the set up and break down, Campus beautification, McTeacher night (waving signs to have patrons eat at McDonald's), help feed the homeless, and worked with the student government with spirit week. These activities is a snapshot of what they have done to support my school. The interaction with our students and their guidance is a rewarding experience. The cheerleading program has demonstrated to our students the Leilehua Way... with Leadership, Humility and Service."

Full story: Leilehua cheerleading honored with Life matters Award

Mid-Pacific Boys Soccer

"Over the past few years, Mid-Pacific and Honoka'a have become rivals in Division II soccer. Despite many hard-fought contest, both programs have developed a great deal of respect and friendship for one another fueled by a unique father-son coaching connection of the past. Before I took over the Mid-Pacific soccer program in 2009, Marc Miranda was the head coach and program director. His father Maurice Miranda, was the head coach over at Honoka'a HS. Even to this day, both Marc and Maurice Miranda remain great friends of mine and huge supporters of the Mid-Pacific soccer program.

Recently, the captains of the Mid-Pacific boy's varsity soccer team decided to raise money for the victims of the Pahoa lava flow and hurricane iselle disasters. After recently completing a trip to the Big Island for a pre-season tournament, the Mid-Pacific Boy's Varsity soccer team donated $845 to Maurice MIranda (Honoka'a Soccer Coach) who accepted the donation on behalf of the Grassroots Church of Pahoa."

Full story: Mid-Pacific softball, boys' soccer teams honored with Life matters Award

Mid-Pacific Softball

"Our softball team helped the athletes at the State Special Olympics last year at the end of May, 2013. We will all participate again this year as a team in 2 weeks. We work so hard all year at practice but working with these athletes really reminds us what hard work is. It is a very motivating experience and reminds us what is really important in life. We get to coach and referee and interact with the athletes and their families again. Thank you for considering our team."

Full story: Mid-Pacific softball, boys' soccer teams honored with Life matters Award

2013-14 WINNERS

Mililani Football
Kailua Softball
Hilo Girls Basketball