For its role in creating jobs, Hawaii First Federal CreditUnion's individual development account program has caught theattention of one of the state's agencies.

The Office of HawaiianAffairs recently recognized the $40 million Hawaii First byhighlighting its IDA program in its monthly publicationKa Wai Ola. Thecover story tells of three individuals whose lives were changed byusing an IDA. They included Uncle Toma Barboza, a wood carver.

“This program finally gave me the opportunity to get agenerator, necessary tools, and business help I needed and neverthought I would get,” Barboza said. “Hawaiian woodcarving is adying part of our culture and is my passion, and Hawaii First hashelped me to find a way to share my mana`o, teach this skill, andmake an honest living at the same time. This opportunity haschanged my life and I am now changing other people's lives.”

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