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)

#RedNoseDay at HiTel FCU

On Thursday, May 21st, HiTel FCU employees participated in the Red Nose Day.  It was a worldwide fundraising campaign for people to have fun and raise money for children and young people living in poverty.  Red Nose Day is the main way in which Comic Relief raises money.  Comic Relief is an operating British charity, which was founded in 1985 by the comedy script writer Richard Curtis and comedian Lenny Henry.  The United Kingdom held their first Red Nose Day on February 5, 1988.  However, this was the very first year that the United States participated in the cause.  Fifty percent of funds raised by the U.S. will remain in country and be shared among nonprofit organizations and the remaining funds will be distributed among other nonprofit organizations around the world (Africa, Asia and Latin America).  For more information, please visit www.rednoseday.org and to view pictures of some of our staff follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @hitelfcu.

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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!

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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Support My Class Check Presentation

Support My Class is an online community dedicated to helping Hawaii’s public school teachers fund creative classroom needs.  On this site, a teacher can post a wishlist of items needed in their classroom.  Anyone can then go to supportmyclass.org and donate to any wishlist.  When the goal for the classroom is met, the requested items are purchased and sent directly to the school.

We strongly believe in this cause and pledged to donate $100 to the Hawaii Arts Alliance‘s Performing Arts Learning Center for every car loan approved and funded by November 12th, up to $10,000.

This past Saturday, we attended the Perry & Price Morning Show at Jade Dynasty Restaurant to present the money we raised to Kevin Takamori, the Director of Development at Hawaii Arts Alliance.

It’s always great fun to go to the Perry & Price Morning Show.  On this particular weekend, the Perry and Price Show held a special menu, the Taste of China, instead of its usual buffet.  The menu featured nine courses, all of which tasted great!  Here are some of our favorites of the meal:

Yin and Yang Seafood Soup

Snowball Char Siu Bao

Crab Fried Rice

As the Perry & Price show continued, they had all types of speakers such as representatives of NOH Foods and the Ronald McDonald House.  The show had surprise performances from Jordan Segundo and Frank De Lima!

Jordan Segundo Sings “Moves Like Jagger”

Frank De Lima acts as “Foo Ling Yoo” and plays a game with a member of the audience

Finally, it was time to present the check to Support My Class and to The Performance Arts Learning Center!

Paulette Ito, our VP of Marketing/I.T. signed the giant $10,000 check

Perry & Price On Air with Paulette, Kevin Takamori (Director of Development, Hawaii Arts Alliance) and Chuck Cotton (President, Hawaii Children’s Foundation)

We are proud to be supporting such a great cause!

Watch the entire interview below:

Visit supportmyclass.org to donate!