STERLING SIENO AND LISA CHUN
Dole Cannery Theatre was transformed into a children’s wonderland Dec. 22 of last year. The 125-seat theater was reserved for a special “Keiki Movie Day” for the little patients of Shriners Hospitals for Children. From renting out the theater to paying for the tickets for the children and their family members, Sterling Seino and Lisa Chun were there to ensure this was a day for all to remember.
“We wanted to give an opportunity to special children, specifically those at Shriners Hospital, to just enjoy a movie with their parents,” says Chun.
“The kids enjoyed it, and the parents surprisingly enjoyed it as well,” laughs Seino. “A lot of them were just grateful for the opportunity to spend time with their kids outside of the hospital.”
The pure enjoyment of this occasion is why HawaiiUSAFederal Credit Union and Rising Phoenix Jaycees have joined forces and funds to create magic for youth and families from all over the Islands throughout the entire year.
Chun is the assistant vice president of business and development for HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union, and Seino is the treasury manager at Rising Phoenix but works for the credit union as well.
Chun says that this year, HawaiiUSAis partnering with Shriners to help with fundraising that will go toward building a new hospital.
“What we’re gonna do this year is focus on the keiki of Hawaii,” warmly states Chun. “We’re going to be participating with a lot of non-profit organizations that assist the children. My job is to make sure our entire staff of almost 300 employees are on the same page.”
The three major keiki-oriented organizations on which HawaiiUSAwill be focusing include Shriners, Muscular Dystrophy Association and Special Olympics of Hawaii.
“We are always on the lookout for organizations that can use our assistance,” explains Seino.
Each year the focus of their help changes.
Seino says that the major push for each Jaycees chapter this year is to adopt a school on Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island.
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