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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Kapi’olani Children’s Radiothon Recap

HiTel VolunteersOn Thursday, August 27, HiTel FCU employees volunteered at the annual Children’s Miracle Network – radiothon and telethon – at Kapi’olani Medical Center for Women and Children.  Our staff eagerly answered phones to receive generous donations from Hawaii’s community.

For the past nine years, KSSK has supported the Children’s Miracle Network, and has helped Kapi’olani Medical Center raised over 1 million dollars!   All proceeds collected remain in Hawaii and provides assistance to the entire Pacific region.

The time we spent at the hospital was humbling and heartfelt.  We had an opportunity to meet some of the children and their families who received assistance.  They were very appreciative and grateful because the Children’s Miracle Network’s monetary support they received was a miracle for their children!

Mahalo, to everyone who pledged and contributed their time to a wonderful cause!

AUW Bake Sale 2015 Recap


On Thursday, August 27, HiTel FCU employees gathered to cook, stir, bake, and create some amazing dishes to support Aloha United Way (AUW).  Our staff at the CU love to get involved and show off their culinary skills to play a part in building a stronger, healthier community.  Some of the amazing things that our staff had brought in to share were:

Snack/appetizer/salad – bruschetta, somen salad, focaccia with olive tapenade, orzo salad, and little smokey “pupu pops”

Lunch – spaghetti and garlic bread, cream of mushroom pork chops and rice, chili, hot dog, edamame rice and pastele stew.

Sweet Treats –  poi crunch, butter mocha, mochi dessert, lilikoi cupcakes, brownies, shortbread cookies, banana bread, oreo cookie rice krispies, captain crunch bites, and pumpkin crunch bars.

If you would like to view more pictures visit our company Facebook fan page – Hawaiian Tel FCU at  For more information on AUW and how to get involved, visit their website at

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”.