Memorial Day Weekend 2015

In 1950, the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts of St. Louis, Missouri began placing flags on the graves at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery for Memorial Day as a way to pay respects and offer thanks to those in uniform who fought for our Country. The Memorial Day annual Good Turn practice continues today as a tradition for the Boy Scouts of America.

On Oahu, the Aloha Council Boy Scouts of America decorated the graves at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl with lei and flag in response to an invitation from Mayor Kirk Caldwell, City and County of Honolulu. As each Scout adorned each gravestone with a flag and lei, they saluted with “thank you for your service”. This practice is an excellent tradition for our young men and boys to understand the sacrifice and devotion our military personnel have for our country and a wonderful way to honor each buried hero that they are not forgotten.

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Pictures of Troop 147, May 24 at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

May is National Foster Care Month


May is National Foster Care Month.  It is a time to send a heartfelt Mahalo to Hawaii’s Resource Families for the love and dedication shown to our community’s most vulnerable keiki.

At any given time in Hawaii, there are approximately 1,200 children that have been removed from their homes and placed in foster care due to abuse and/or neglect.  The mission of the State of Hawaii Department of Human Services is to maintain permanency by keeping children at home with their families safely, reunification, relative placement and maintaining safe and appropriate connections to their families.

Children who are not able to return home or be placed with ohana need resource families that can provide safe, temporary care while a permanent plan is being made for them.  There continues to be an urgent need for families, especially those able to care for teenagers and large sibling groups.

For more information, please call Partners In Development Foundation ~ Hui Hoomalu program at 441-1117 or toll free at 888-879-8970,

360 Camera from Timestoppers Hawaii

HOW COOL is this 360 camera from Timestoppers Hawaii?! We had so much fun getting creative with their props!  Watch these clips from our staff:

Oahu Annual Dinner and Meeting

Hawaiian Tel FCU’s biggest event of the year — the 76th Annual Meeting and Dinner — was held on Saturday, April 6 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.

At the meeting, which was held in the newly renovated Coral Ballroom, the financial condition of the Credit Union was discussed. It was also announced that Calvin Choy, Ken Miyasato and Glen Moribe had been selected to fill the vacancies on the Board of Directors.

Then it was time for the ever-popular door prizes! As in previous years, thousands of dollars in door prizes were given out to enthusiastic attendees. Lucky members won gift cards to great restaurants, BluRay players, a Kindle Fire, a $200 gift card to the Apple Store, and so much more!

With the meeting concluded, everyone adjourned to the dining room to enjoy a sumptuous seven-course Chinese dinner while being entranced by the exotic ukulele stylings of Taimane Gardner. Augie Tulba, our emcee, kept everyone entertained in his usual frenetic style.

Next up was Dita Holifield, who brought an energetic country/western flair to the proceedings. She invited Board Members Primo Pimental and Scotty Bowman to the stage to show off their golden singing voices, and concluded her set with a rousing line dance that got everyone up and moving.

Mystical Sounds’ mobile disco and light show was the perfect way to cap off a celebratory evening of fun and fellowship.

A big MAHALO to all who attended! Hope to see you all next year!

Kunia Branch Opening

On Monday, March 18th, we opened our second branch within a Walmart store!  This branch is located inside the Kunia Walmart.  If you park on their roof parking lot and take the elevator down, you will find that the elevator opens up right next to our branch!  The first things you will notice are the sleek countertops and bright signage on our television.  Then you will see the friendly familiar faces of our tellers!  They are ready to serve you with any financial needs!

Here are some photos from the soft-opening:

Pastor John of Hope Chapel Ala Moana blessed our branch

Anne and Pastor John unwrapped the maile lei

Anne had the honors of opening up the branch

Anne, the Kunia Branch Manager, and President Norman Okimoto

Chaiman Glen Moribe, Pastor John, VP of Marketing and I.T. Paulette Ito, President Norman Okimoto, and Board Member Scotty Bowman

Here is the Kunia Team: Brenlyn, Sharla, Anne, Christine, and Ed

Christine took a quick photo with the first member to visit our Kunia Branch!