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”.

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!

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!

Fort Branch is Finally Open!


On Wednesday, July 9th, HiTel FCU opened a new Fort Branch inside of the Downtown Walmart on Fort Street Mall.  Shoppers were eager to see the new two story retail store, and flooded the isles – customers were literally shoulder to shoulder.

A few HiTel FCU employees were set up right on the mall with both 93.9 the Jamz and Island 98.5 giving away a lot of cool things.  The credit union brought their wheel and winners who landed on the one lucky spot received a prize of their choice – a glass cup with a mini Yoko or mini Kalea doll, a shopping cart full of goodies or a HiTel FCU money bag.  There was also a entry box to win a iPad mini and Ni’ihau shell necklaces.

It was only one entry per person, however, anyone who opened a checking account with $100 would get three entries or $500 would get 20 entries.  Winners will be announced all throughout the month of August!

On Thursday July 10th, Pastor John from Hope Chapel blessed our branch to protect and bring good fortune to both the branch and staff.  Fort Branch is our fourth Walmart Branch here on Oahu. Our employees are excited in servicing all your money needs!

Like our Facebook page at Hawaiian Tel FCU and view more pictures from our Grand Opening!