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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Blackjack Tournament

Las Vegas with its bright lights, endless card games, enticing slot machines, extravagant buffets, and amazing acrobatics have us islanders in a gripping obsession.  At any given time almost every one who lives on our islands knows someone who is planning, going, or coming back from a trip to Vegas.  It is because of this enthrallment we have with the “ninth” island that we plan a trip to Las Vegas every year for our members.

This year’s trip will happen from November 2 through November 6.  We will be staying downtown (of course) at the California hotel.  Members who booked their trip under our special rate of $699 plus tax with Vacations Hawaii will join the HiTel team for a Vegas adventure packed with events.  We’ve planned a tailgate party, slot tournament, all day shopping to the all the best outlets, and much more!

Sound like something you’d like to do?  If you haven’t heard (take a look at page five of July’s newsletter) we gave our members a chance to win a trip for two for this awesome trip!  On Saturday, October 6, 2012, 25 lucky finalists who entered our sweepstakes faced-off at our annual Blackjack Tournament!

The Blackjack Tournament was held at the Clear Channel VIP Music Hall, a cozy venue with sleek leather couches, a modern bar (where we served non-alcoholic beverages and super satisfying Zippy’s fried noodles, fried chicken, chili, and more), and a small stage set up with our blackjack table.  The Morning Crew from Island 98.5 (Gregg Hammer, Rory Wild and KreyZ Oshiro) were keeping the crowd entertained with their hilarious jokes and card commentary.  You could tell the Vegas old-timers apart from the fresh-faced newbies looking to test their blackjack skills for the first time.  All the participants were cheering for one another and giving the players on the stage hints of whether to “HIT!” or to “STAY!”

The finalists were signed-up into several rounds of 5-6 people.  The players in each round played until two players collected three chips.  These two players advanced on to the finals!  The players who did not get three chips had their names entered in a raffle drawing for a surprise prize!.

Once all the first round players were finished, we went on to the Finals.  In the final rounds, the first person to in each round to collect three chips won the free trip to Vegas!!

BUT- that isn’t it!  As mentioned earlier, all the players from the first rounds who did not advance to the finals had their names put into a raffle to win a surprise prize!  Rory Wild had his niece pull the lucky person to win this prize and the winner was… SETSUKO!  We awarded Setsuko with a trip to join us in Las Vegas too!

Setsuko was so shocked when she won!

Congratulations to our winners: Debra, Robert, Gene, Leith, Nate, Dallas and Setsuko!

One of the best things about Las Vegas is that the city appeals to people of all ages, it doesn’t matter if you’re 21 or 80 Las Vegas has something to offer to EVERYONE… just like Hawaiian Tel Federal Credit Union!

Aloha United Way Fundraiser

August 16th was our inter-office Garage Sale for Aloha United Way.  The coordinator of the event, Lori, has been planning our Aloha United Way Campaigns for the last 15 years!  She is so enthusiastic about this cause and her enthusiasm is absolutely contagious.  For a couple of months prior, she collected gently used items from the employees of HiTel FCU and set them up for sale for everyone.  The sale was a great success, we raised over $900 for the cause!

Check out some of these photos from the sale!

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Kapiolani Radiothon

This week we participated in the Kapiolani Radiothon for Kids with KSSK!  The radiothon raised money to benefit the Kapiolani Children’s Miracle Network, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children.

The miracle network, composed of 170 hospitals nationwide, seeks to help as many children as possible by keeping funds in the community to help local children.  100% of the money raised in Hawaii stays in Hawaii to help children regardless of their ability to pay.

Because of this great cause, 11 volunteers from our staff met up at 7:00 A.M., boarded a shuttle bus, and made our way to the Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children.  We arrived at the complex and headed to the radiothon headquarters in the  hospital’s cafeteria.  After a quick overview of how the radiothon works we went out to man the “phone bank”.  We answered calls and dialed-out to raise as much money as we could!  During power-hour, Panda Restaurants pledged to match the funds we collected within that hour, and the calls came more frequently.  Feeling like we were making a difference was so satisfying, everyone left with a giant smile on their faces.

The radiothon raised over $168,000 in two days.  We’d like to thank everyone who called in and donated to this awesome cause.

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So You Think You Can Dance Contest Award Ceremony

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HiTel FCU teamed up with KHON2 to present the So You Think You Can Dance dance competition!  Contestants had to record and submit a 15 second video of themselves doing their original version of the Hawaiian Tel Federal Credit Union … Continue reading