Toys for Tots 2014

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Toys for Tots Donations

Hawaiian Tel FCU members and staff supported the Kaneohe Marine Corps annual “Toys for Tots” drive again this year. This program provides an opportunity for all local communities to come together during October through December. They collect gifts such as, stuffed animals, Barbie dolls, Lego board games and many other toys.

On Tuesday, December 23rd, we dropped off the credit union donations to the helpful elves (volunteers) that were collecting toys at the Ward Centers site. Last year, Toys for Tots, collected over 45,000 toys to help make the holidays brighter. We would like to thank everyone who generously donated! Your donations brought good spirit and cheer to Hawaii’s less fortunate Keiki during this holiday season!

Mahalo Nui Loa!

School Tools 2013

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On Sunday, June 30, 2013, Hawaiian Tel Federal Credit Union employee’s joined KITV’s staff and volunteers to collect  “School Tools” at Sam’s Club in Pearl Highlands for Hawaii’s keiki’s. Our staff arrived with a van full of donations that our members generously donated to our 7 branches. This year our members and staff came through with bags, boxes, and armload of supplies.

“School Tool” donations were being taken at both town and Pearl City Sam’s Club locations. Together, both locations collected seven pallets of school supplies and over $7,000.00 in monetary donations.   The generous donations received from our generous friends and neighbors in Hawaii, will provide 1,755 low income children with school supply kits for this upcoming 2013 – 2014 year!

Our mascots, Yoko and Kalea, also made a special appearance to greet club members and their families!  Balloons and candy were given to the donors to thank them for their generosity.  Both Yoko and Kalea enjoyed taking pictures with the keiki and receiving warm hugs.

Again, we would like to thank everyone who donated, because “you” have made a difference in the lives of Hawaii’s keiki!

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Hawaii’s Bag Ban Takes Effect

As of July 1st 2015, Oahu has experienced a new transition to join its fellow neighbor islands in their efforts to support the plastic bag ban.  HiTel FCU and other local credit unions around the state have partnered with Hawaii Credit Union League to allow consumers to provide assistance to local children and reduce their carbon footprint at the same time.

HiTel FCU is selling colorful, durable, and reusable shopping totes to draw awareness and raise funds for Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children through its Kapiolani Children’s Miracle Network.  The original theme of the bag is
“Mauka to Makai – Save the ‘Aina for the Children,” which represents its “go green” efforts.  Therefore, the bag depicts vivid images on both sides of the bag representing Mauka (Mountains) on one side and Makai (Ocean) on the other with our very own HiTel side panel with our friendly mascots – Yoko the ladybug and Kalea the turtle.

Stop by at any of our branch locations to purchase our limited edition tote for $5 each.  Other participating credit unions:

  • Garden Isle FCU (Kauai)
  • Hawaii FCU (Oahu)
  • Hawaii First FCU (Hawaii Island)
  • Hickam FCU (Oahu)
  • HONEA FCU (Oahu)
  • NAVFAC FCU (Oahu)
  • OTS Employees FCU (Oahu)
  • Windward Community FCU (Oahu)

ESPN 1420 Sports Festival Recap

On Saturday, June 27th, HiTel FCU staff volunteered at the ESPN 1420 Sports Festival at the Neil Blaisdell Exhibition Hall.  Kaiser Permanente sponsored the free event that featured a wide variety of sports, fitness and health related activities.  It also included demonstrations, celebrity autograph sessions, contests, giveaways and much more.

HiTel FCU booth gave attendees of all ages an opportunity to play financial football and spin our famous prize wheel!  We also sold HiTel’s reusable tote bags, where the proceeds will support Kapiolani’s Children’s Miracle Network Foundation.    To view more pictures from the event, visit our Facebook fan page “Hawaiian Tel FCU”.

Memorial Day Weekend 2015

In 1950, the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts of St. Louis, Missouri began placing flags on the graves at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery for Memorial Day as a way to pay respects and offer thanks to those in uniform who fought for our Country. The Memorial Day annual Good Turn practice continues today as a tradition for the Boy Scouts of America.

On Oahu, the Aloha Council Boy Scouts of America decorated the graves at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl with lei and flag in response to an invitation from Mayor Kirk Caldwell, City and County of Honolulu. As each Scout adorned each gravestone with a flag and lei, they saluted with “thank you for your service”. This practice is an excellent tradition for our young men and boys to understand the sacrifice and devotion our military personnel have for our country and a wonderful way to honor each buried hero that they are not forgotten.

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Pictures of Troop 147, May 24 at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

#RedNoseDay at HiTel FCU

On Thursday, May 21st, HiTel FCU employees participated in the Red Nose Day.  It was a worldwide fundraising campaign for people to have fun and raise money for children and young people living in poverty.  Red Nose Day is the main way in which Comic Relief raises money.  Comic Relief is an operating British charity, which was founded in 1985 by the comedy script writer Richard Curtis and comedian Lenny Henry.  The United Kingdom held their first Red Nose Day on February 5, 1988.  However, this was the very first year that the United States participated in the cause.  Fifty percent of funds raised by the U.S. will remain in country and be shared among nonprofit organizations and the remaining funds will be distributed among other nonprofit organizations around the world (Africa, Asia and Latin America).  For more information, please visit www.rednoseday.org and to view pictures of some of our staff follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @hitelfcu.

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