Get ready to party! HCEE’s 51st Anniversary Annual Dinner is set for Saturday, October 8, 2016 at the Sheraton Waikiki Ballrooms!
Celebrate with HCEE as it presents the 2016 Stephen L. Jackstadt Award to Senator Suzanne “Susie” Chun Oakland, Chair of the Senate Committee on Human Services, and the Hawaii Credit Union League.
Senator Suzanne “Susie” Chun Oakland is Chair of the Senate Committee on Human Services that includes public assistance, the Medicaid program, vocational rehabilitation, services relating to homelessness, elder services, and early childhood education and care. She also serves on Education, Transportation and Energy and Ways and Means committees.
Over her 26 year career in the legislature, she has promoted, supported, and authored a variety of initiatives in the areas of education, children, economics, financial literacy, and financial habits for Hawaii’s keiki, as well as community health and human services especially in the areas of early learning and child care, early intervention services for children with special needs, combating child abuse, neglect and domestic violence, supporting active aging and supportive services for elders and people with disabilities, affordable housing, food and energy sustainability, and environmental stewardship.
Among her many accomplishments, she has helped create the 2015 Financial Literacy Task Force to make recommendations to the DOE to standardize and offer economic and financial literacy education in the school system, promoted kid’s savings programs, and led community meetings to share information and to raise awareness to strengthen families working and living in Hawaii.
Senator Chun Oakland is a proud graduate of McKinley High School and the University of Hawai‘i, double majoring in Communications and Psychology. She has served in the State Legislature for 26 years and currently represents Hawaii's 13th Senatorial District, which includes Liliha, Palama, Iwilei, Nu‘uanu, Pacific Heights, Pauoa, Lower Tantalus, Chinatown, Downtown and part of Kaka‘ako. She has served in the Hawai‘i State Senate since 1996 and as a State Representative from 1990 to 1996. Susie is actively involved in the community and serves on the board member of the HCEE.
Established in 1937, the Hawaii Credit Union League (“HCUL”) has been the leading advocate to help member credit unions in the State of Hawaii and Guam. HCUL has been instrumental in guiding, educating, and representing credit unions over a number of economic cycles. HCUL engages member credit unions in the legislative process on the local, state, and federal levels of government. HCUL also helps members to understand new regulations and advisories.
Through the HCUL’s Family Involvement Committee, it has supported seven initiatives to support Hawaii’s keiki, retirees, and public in the areas of financial education throughout the state including:
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance to help the public with tax filings and to receive the Earned Income Tax Credit in partnership with HACBED and the IRS
Homeownership Workshops to educate and provide counseling for present and future homeowners through the Hawaii Home Ownership Center
LifeSmarts Program, a gameshow type competition to help develop consumer and marketplace skills (including Consumer Rights, Personal Finance, Health and Safety, Technology, and the Environment) for Hawaii’s middle and high school students via the State of Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs
Kids Savings Project to help children from low income families start learning saving habits early in life by providing seed money to open a savings account through the Family & Consumer Services Department at the College of Tropical and Human Resources at the University of Hawaii at Manoa
Showdown at Cash Canyon: A live theatrical performance program geared for students in elementary school to learn about consumer attitudes, behavior about money, and to encourage saving through the Hawaii State Public Library System.
Financial Reality Fairs: a fun, hands-on activity for students and young adults to learn about managing personal finances. Community members and credit union staff assist students in making decisions about everyday expenses and provide financial advice to help them keep a budget. They approach the fair as if they had graduated from college, and have nothing – no car, no residence, no cell phone, etc. At the start of the fair, they are provided with a future life scenario that includes a starting salary of a position in the career of their choice.
Economic and Financial Literacy Education for K-12 keiki to develop critical thinking and STEM-related skills through support of the State of Hawaii Economics Challenge where high school students learn about micro, macro, and international economics as well as current events. In addition, the Hawaii Stock Market Simulation to help students in grades 3 through 12 learn about budgeting, saving, investing, risk management, and the free market system though the Hawaii Council on Economic Education.
The event will also feature the 2016 Teacher of the Year Award sponsored by Hawaii Pacific University.
Enjoy the bidding on unique and useful items in the silent and live auctions and help support HCEE’s educator and keiki programs. The event will also feature live entertainment, special beverages, and network with an expected crowd of nearly 500 people.