Going Mobile

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Consumers are going mobile—and for good reasons. A recent report forecasts that 61 million United States consumers will use mobile banking in 2013, up from 47 million in 2012. Mobile banking—which allows consumers to access their funds through their smartphone or mobile device—offers many advantages.

More Control of Your Money
Mobile devices offer you greater access to your money than traditional internet avenues. The internet is only accessible in certain areas, whereas mobile connections are more plentiful. Financial experts agree that mobile banking offers many benefits worth using.

Greater Account Access
Through texting, mobile browsers or downloadable applications (apps), financial institutions are offering their members a wide array of options when it comes to accessing their money. Each has its strength. Texting is an effective way to receive notifications from your bank or credit union, such as alerts when your balance has gone below a certain level.

Mobile browsers and apps offer ease of navigation and flexibility in checking balances, transferring funds and paying bills.

Safe & Secure
Though the perception may be that mobile banking leaves one vulnerable to fraud and other problems, the reality is quite the opposite. Proponents of mobile banking point out that smartphones are less susceptible to malware and viruses, and should your phone be lost, passwords and ID checks help to further protect your privacy as well as your funds.

No Fees
Though there may be charges for such services as text banking—which vary according to the mobile service provider—mobile banking services are, by and large, free for consumers.

The ability to access financial records anytime, anywhere makes mobile banking an appealing service. Many agree that such immediate access helps to prevent fraud and other potential problems, as it allows you quick and easy monitoring of your accounts.

If you are ready to join the mobile banking revolution (and are already a HiTel FCU Home Branching user), sign up for MyMobile today! Non-Home Branching users can sign up for Home Branching and MyMobile by clicking on Sign-Up for Home Branching at http://www.hitelfcu.com.

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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Mililani Opening

This past Monday, we opened our third branch in a Walmart store! This branch, located in the Mililani Walmart was designed to offer a new credit union experience. The first thing you will notice about this branch is its size. Our designers maximized the use of this small space by creating our pod. This pod, located in the center of the branch, is where our members will have interactions unique to our credit union. We have eliminated the teller counter to create a more personal engagement between member and teller.

Here are some photos from the Mililani branch soft-opening:

Pastor John of Hope Chapel Ala Moana joined us again to bless this branch

Pastor John of Hope Chapel Ala Moana joined us again to bless this branch

Mililani Branch Manager Micah and Teller Operations Manager Margie celebrate this great day

Mililani Branch Manager Micah and Teller Operations Manager Margie celebrate this great day

One big group shot in front of the branch

One big group shot in front of the branch

Board Member Scotty Bowman, Judi Moreland of FSI, and Chairman Glen Moribe

Board Member Scotty Bowman, Judi Moreland of FSI, and Chairman Glen Moribe

L to R: Megan, Judy, Paulette, Daralyn, Revelyn, Natasha, and Erin

L to R: Megan, Judy, Paulette, Daralyn, Revelyn, Natasha, and Erin

The Marketing and I.T. Team

The Marketing and I.T. Team

Micah and our first member to visit the Mililani Branch

Micah and our first member to visit the Mililani Branch

We hope to see you at this new location soon!

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:

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Pastor John of Hope Chapel Ala Moana blessed our branch

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Anne and Pastor John unwrapped the maile lei

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Anne had the honors of opening up the branch

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Anne, the Kunia Branch Manager, and President Norman Okimoto

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

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

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