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)

We Appreciate Our Employees

Lori, Anna, Stacey and Laurie pose in their costumes at our Employee appreciation party.

On Sunday, October 26th HiTel FCU celebrated their employee appreciation party in style with a Halloween twist.  Staff gathered for a fun-filled morning with games-galore and a breakfast buffet that filled our bellies.  There was an omelet and waffle bar in addition to the main buffet.   Employees participated in individual and team trivial games including a variety of “minute to win it” games like bite me (bobbing for apples using vampire fangs) and the toilet paper mummy wrap.

All attendees were encouraged to dress up in their best Halloween costumes to liven up the mood – as Halloween is just around the corner.  Everyone was able to capture the day with the Oh Snap photo booth kiosk.  This was a great day to unite everyone together from all our branches.

Our employees will be continuing their Halloween spirit on Friday, so stop by any of our branch locations!

Hawaii Foodbank

Hawaiian Tel FCU  is actively supporting the Hawaii Foodbank’s “Fight Hunger Spark Change” Campaign from now until Sunday, October 5th.  The Hawaii Foodbank is competing with 128 other food banks across the nation for the Walmart grant of $60,000 – if we are one of the top 50.  Voting is easy:

  1. Visit www.walmart.com/fighthunger from your computer or mobile device
  2. Log on to Facebook
  3. Click on the VOTE button
  4. Share your vote and encourage others to vote for the Hawaii Foodbank, and #HFBfighthunger for an entry to win two general admission tickets to Great Chefs Fight Hunger on March 21, 2015.

If granted the lump sum – the Hawaii Foodbank will share $15,000 with two member agencies: lighthouse Outreach Assembly of God, Waipahu and Surfing the Nations, Wahiawa.  Both agencies will receive a $7,500 credit to restock their shelves.

Lighthouse Outreach Assembly of God is led by Pastor Joe Hunkin Jr. is a community food distribution center and homeless shelter since October 2006.  This shelter houses over 120 individuals who have the ability to receive social services for rental assistance, financial planning and medical aid.

Surfing the Nations/Feeding the Hungry is led by Pastors Tom and Cindy Bauer is a mission outreach servicing the needy in both Wahiawa and Kalihi since 1998.

The winning entry will be selected from all Facebook “Share your Vote” entries marked with the #HFBfighthunger between now and October 5th, 5:59am.  The winner will receive two general admission tickets to Great Chefs Fight Hunger on March 21, 2015.  You may vote and enter this contest once every 24 hours, so vote and enter every day!

Kapi’olani Radiothon For Kids

On Friday, August 22, 2014, HiTel FCU volunteered at the annual Kapiolani Radiothon for Kids.  Throughout the two-day event, there were other volunteer groups that helped with the live phone bank.  Phones were ringing off the hook gathering generous donations from many callers, while GEICO Hawaii matched each of those donations during the “Power Hour.”  100% of all proceeds will stay in Hawaii and be used to purchase medical equipment, assist with neighbor island travel, and to fund education and research programs.  Thank you again to everyone who donated a gift of a miracle to Hawaii’s children and their families. 

Globetrotters Honolulu

The famous Harlem Globetrotters entertained people of all ages at the Neal Blaisdell Center on Saturday, April 26th.  It was a day full of pre-game festivities followed by a delightful exhibition game.  When the doors first opened, HiTel FCU had a table set up for a drawing to win two side line tickets, and the lucky winners were announced just minutes before the game.

Both our athletic mascots took the court as they were announced as “Honorary Globetrotters Team Captains!”  Yoko and Kalea received a certificate of appreciation and had a paparazzi photo shoot with some key members including players, coaches, and their mascot Globbie.