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A Lesson from Rachel Pross

iStock_000075063043_LargeSometimes we are so caught up with work, we forget to just sit back and enjoy life.  For those of us with children, it is sometimes hard to find a balance with working and spending ample time with family.

I recently came across an article written by Rachel Pross about one of her personal experiences regarding her outlook on life, fittingly entitled “How an Awkward Middle Kid and a Super Blood Moon Changed My Outlook”.

In her article, she talks about her son, who is going through his awkward teenage phase and is fascinated by the blood red super moon that came out a couple weekends ago.  Although the family initially all stood out in their yard to watch the moon, they soon started to disperse back into the house…except for her middle child who was still looking into the telescope.  Pross heads back out to accompany her son, and he simply turns to her and says, “this is really something, isn’t it, mom?”

Those words alone put everything in perspective for Pross as she silently studied her son.  She learned to appreciate that moment with her son and appreciated his innocent wisdom and fascination of the universe.

Her article is a great reminder for us to appreciate our children and the little things in life that we may overlook.  Rachel Pross is an advocate for credit unions and has written many helpful and thoughtful articles.  You can read the full story about her son and the blood red moon here, or check out more of her articles here.

ICU Day 2015

2015 ICU Day FB postSince 1948, International Credit Union (ICU) Day has been celebrated on every third Thursday in October. It is a day designated to reflect on the credit union movement’s history and to recognize its achievements over the years. The ultimate goal of this special day is to raise awareness to the community about the outstanding work credit unions provide to their members.

This year’s ICU Day will be celebrated on Thursday, October 15, 2015 and the motto is “People helping people.” In appreciation of their loyal membership, HiTel members may stop any of our branch locations: King Street (Kalihi), Fort Street (Downtown), Kaimuki, Kapolei, Kunia, Mililani, Sheraton, or Wheeler to receive for a small gift. We look forward to seeing you!

Hele Mai You Belong!

World Teachers’ Day

“One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.
– Carl Jung

We all have that one teacher (or maybe a few) who stood out to us and made a difference in our lives.  It could have been that kindergarten teacher who taught you how to read, or the high school trigonometry teacher who finally helped you understand math.  It could even be your college philosophy professor who helped you appreciate the works of Aristotle and Socrates, or your art teacher who encouraged your creativity.

Whoever they were, they are what makes education so important to us.  Today is World Teachers Day, a day for us to honor and appreciate those who helped make a difference in our lives.

Thank you to all teachers—your hard work and dedication has not gone unnoticed!

Most of us end up with no more than five or six people who remember us. Teachers have thousands of people who remember them for the rest of their lives.
– Andy Rooney

What Everyone Should Know About EMV Cards


Americans report billions of dollars in credit and debit card fraud each year. A new technology using microprocessors called EMV chips could help curb future losses.

The chips are embedded on the front of credit and debit cards and exchange information with chip-card readers. Used together, the two make it harder for fraudsters to copy card information and make bogus in-store purchases.

Here’s what you need to know about EMV cards.

How EMV works

If you have an EMV card, you’ll insert the chipped end into a slot on an EMV-enabled reader, instead of swiping. Leave the card there for a few seconds, while the chip exchanges information with the payment processing system and authenticates the account; then remove it. Depending on the account, you might also sign for the purchase or enter a personal identification number, or PIN, to verify your identity and complete the sale.

How chips protect you

Named for developers Europay, Mastercard and Visa, EMV chips encrypt your information and generate a unique code each time you use your card. Each code can be used only once — so they’re useless to hackers.

Traditional cards use a magnetic strip that transmits the same unencrypted information every time you swipe. If someone copies the data, he or she can easily duplicate your plastic and use it to make fraudulent purchases.

Where they’re used

EMV-enabled cards are already the standard in parts of Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. In the U.S., where credit and debit card fraud losses have risen steadily over the past few years, retailers and issuers are slowly catching up. Many issuers are sending new EMV cards to customers, and retailers such as Target and Home Depot are installing chip-card readers on their registers.

Banks, credit card companies and merchants in the U.S. will likely pick up the pace of adoption in coming months, as new fraud liability standards take effect in October. Currently, credit card issuers bear the brunt of fraud losses, but responsibility after that deadline could fall to the retailer, if its system is less secure than the card used.

What it means for you

There’s a good chance you’ve already received an EMV card. If you haven’t, call your financial services provider and ask for one.

Using an EMV card at a retailer that has a chip-reading system should make your purchase more secure. It will also make it easier to use your card in the myriad countries that already have the technology. Traditional cards can still be used most places, too.

Although EMV technology helps you shop more safely, it doesn’t thwart thieves entirely. Hackers can still pilfer your card information online or over the phone, or simply steal your card. So it’s wise to exercise caution when using your credit or debit card. If your card goes missing or you spot suspicious activity, notify your financial institution immediately.

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Keeping Your Identity Safe During Holiday Travel

Luggage consisting of large suitcases and rucksacks isolated on white.So the bags are packed and the doors are locked as you head out for the big trip, but aren’t you forgetting something? Identity theft predators thrive off of holiday travelers. Here are six basic tips to ensure you don’t fall victim to identity theft while on the road this winter.

  1. Keep your home safe. As tempting as it may be to rub a vacation in the neighbors’ faces, avoid announcing your vacation on social media. Your home could be targeted for burglary, leaving your identity vulnerable. Hide laptops and important documents within the home, just in case of a break-in.
  1. Use secured Wi-Fi. Avoid logging on to your bank account or other sites with sensitive information while using unsecured public Wi-Fi in hotels, cafes, airports and other locations.
  1. Use ATMs only at financial service centers. Other ATMs are more vulnerable to tampering. Be wary of restaurants where waiters could have portable skimmers.
  1. Bring the right card. Use a card with enhanced security, such as Hawaiian Tel Federal Credit Union’s advanced security ATM/debit cards. You’ll receive text alerts of any unusual or suspicious purchases so you can verify them. Just make sure to alert your financial institution before traveling internationally, so that using your card in unusual places doesn’t trigger a freeze on your account. It’s also a good idea to leave unnecessary cards at home, such as other debit cards and library cards.
  1. Dispose of documents properly. Rip up any papers with personal information that you’re no longer using. This means tearing up used boarding passes with full names or other personal information on them.
  1. Lock it down. Make sure your smartphone has a lock on it and is password protected. It’s a good idea to install a GPS-locator app that helps you find the phone in case it’s lost or stolen.

Cait Klein, NerdWallet

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