Toys for Tots

Toys for Tots began in 1947, when Major Bill Hendricks, USCR and a group of Marine Reservists in Los Angeles collected and distributed 5,000 toys to needy children.  The project was so successful that the Marine Corps adopted Toys for Tots in 1948 and expanded it into a nationwide campaign.  Toys for tots aims to help less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas, to unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign; and to contribute to better communities in the future.

We will be collecting unopened toys from now until December 14th!  To show our keiki how fun giving can be, we are giving each Kids Club member who brings in a unused and unopened toy by December 14th a FREE* Kids Club lunch tote!  Let’s all get into the holiday spirit by giving to Toys for Tots!


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 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 to donate!

Las Vegas Flyaway 2012!

November 2, 2012 at Honolulu International Airport
2:00 PM

There is never a dull moment–even at an airport–when the Wake-Up Crew and Hawaiian Tel FCU are involved!  Vacations Hawaii did their part by making sure all of our members and guests arrived at the proper gate.  From there, Krey-Z Oshiro used the airport microphone to announce that we had Zippy’s Zip Pacs for every member at the gate!  With their delicious Zip Pacs, members and guests got a BINGO card and credentials to attend all the activities we planned for the trip.

Top: Gregg Hammer and Krey-Z Oshiro of the Wake-Up Crew are ready for take off!
Middle: Our Vacation’s Hawaii Omni plane is ready at our gate!
Bottom:  The HiTel Crew is enjoying their Zippy’s Zip Pacs!

We arrived in Las Vegas close to 11 PM.  Everyone was exhausted, so some people retired to their rooms while others tried their luck at the slots and card tables!

Activity: Tailgate Party
November 3, 2012 at Mainstreet Casino’s Triple 7 Restaurant
4:00 PM

The next evening we had a tailgate party at the Triple 7 Restaurant and Brewery.  Triple 7 is a great place that serves up All-American snacks like buffalo wings, nachos, sliders, and more!  We had a great time filling up on pupus, chatting about the game, and of course cheering on our favorite teams!

Top: A portion of the group gathers for a photo!
Middle: Some crew and guests enjoying the huge selection of pupus
Bottom:  Krey-Z and friends are excited to watch the game!

Activity: All Day Shopping
November 4, 2012
8:45 AM – 5:00 PM
Stops:  Las Vegas Sign, Ethel M’s Chocolate Factory, Las Vegas Premium Outlet South, Trader Joe’s, Fantastik Indoor Swap Meet, and Las Vegas Premium Outlet North

The shopping trip was not for the faint of heart.  From 8:45 AM we were going non-stop!  After a quick photo-opt in front of the famous Las Vegas sign, we made it to our first stop, Ethel M’s Chocolate Factory.  At the factory we watched as machines covered truffles, nougat, and caramel with silky chocolate.  We had a chance to taste test their white, milk, and dark chocolate, and also their peanut butter brittle.

Top:  The shopping group poses in front of the Las Vegas Sign
Middle: Hosts Krey-Z Oshiro and Sweetie (KSSK) perform “magic tricks”
Bottom:  Shopping group enjoys their breakfast from Diamond Bakery

After Ethel M’s, the group enjoyed freshly baked goods from Diamond Bakery while playing BINGO on the way to our next stop, the Las Vegas Premium Outlet South.  The Premium Outlet mall has over 140 stores including Ann Taylor, Kenneth Cole, and Coach!

After about an hour of shopping at the Premium South, we got back on the bus, enjoyed pretzel dogs from The Pretzelmaker and headed to Trader Joe’s just across the street!  Trader Joe’s is a great place to find one of a kind omiyage like Snow Pea Crisps, Butter Wafer Cookies, Nutty Bits, and so much more.  As soon as we got to Trader Joe’s everyone raced off the bus and made most of their time in the crowded store.

Our next stop was the Fantastik Indoor Swap Meet.  The swap meet is contained completely indoors (like its name implies) and is full to the brim with little shops selling everything from feathered boas to live puppies!  The ladies had a great time rifling through the endless selection of jewelry and shoes, while the men could look through shops selling tools, plants, and anything else you can imagine!  The highlight of the visit was the live snake shop!  The bravest of the group stepped up to take pictures with the slithering creatures!  It was quite a sight to see!

On our way to our final stop, the Premium Outlet North, we played a special game of blackout BINGO.  Jovi, the winner of this BINGO game received a $100 poker chip!

As 4:00 PM rolled around, we pulled up to our last stop, the northern Premium Outlets.  This mall boasts over 150 outlets like Kate Spade, J.Crew, Nike, and Michael Kors!  We may have been fatigued from the dry weather and previous SEVEN hours of shopping, but arriving at a new mall gave most of us a new bust of energy.  We shopped here for about an hour more before retiring with heavy eyelids and lighter wallets to our tour bus.

Activity: Broadcast Show
November 5, 2012 at the Ohana Room in the California Casino
10:00 AM – Noon
Appearances By: psychic Mystic Mona, magician The Amazing Johnathan, James of the Chippendales, and Trader Joe’s
Performances By:  Natural Vibrations and HaleAmanO

Top:  The HiTel FCU Crew coordinates a game of blackout BINGO
Middle: Natural Vibrations performs while everyone enjoys breakfast from Nancy’s Kitchen
Bottom: Krey-Z Oshiro, Gregg Hammer, and Rory Wild strike a pose with James from The Chippendales

The Broadcast Show was one of the most exciting events we had on this trip.  Our special guests were truly out of this world!  James of the Chippendales talked to the Morning Crew about being an entertainer and gave away tickets to the Chippendales show!

Psychic Mystic Mona specializes in tarot reading and brought her cards to the show to give six volunteers a free consultation! Next up was a SURPRISE appearance by NATURAL VIBRATIONS!  Natural Vibrations is an incredibly talented island reggae band based out of Hawaii.  They are currently on tour in the mainland and made time to perform a couple of songs at our broadcast show.

After their performance, the Amazing Johnathan took over the mic.  He has a witty personality and gave the Morning Crew a run for their money!  The Amazing Johnathan specializes in a unique type of illusion, and performs five nights of the week at Bally’s.  During his interview, he gave away a copy of his practical joke book entitled, “Every Trick in the Book”.

After the Amazing Johnathan, representatives from Trader Joe’s tempted us with their yummy goodies like Herb & Spice Popcorn, Nutty Bits, Peas on Earth, and more!  Finally, we had a performance from HaleAmanO, an island reggae band based in Las Vegas.  Although only two members of the group could make it to the interview, they talked about what it was like to live in Las Vegas and performed a couple of songs for us.  They are definitely rising stars!

To wrap up our Broadcast Show, we played a final round of blackout BINGO.  The winner of this game received a $100 poker chip!!

Activity: Slot Tournament
November 5, 2012 at the Big Kahuna Slot Lounge in the Mainstreet Casino
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Top:  Round One of the Slot Tournament begins!
Middle: Norman tries his best to get a high score.
Bottom:  Member Dennis wins first prize in the tournament!

Our final event was a friendly Slot Tournament after the Broadcast Show.  The goal of the slot tournament is to score as many points you can in 20 minutes on your slot machine.  The machines are chosen by a blind picking of numbers.  The scores are tallied by the Big Kahuna Slot Tournament official, and the top eight winners were chosen!  Our grand prize winner received $200!!

We had such a great time on this year’s trip!  We hope even more people join us next year!

Halloween Costume Contest

Every Halloween, the employees here at HiTel FCU have a friendly costume contest!

Each department and branch create a theme, decorate their spaces, and produce a skit for three special judges.  On Halloween day, judges view the costumes and skits and give scores based on creativity, originality, and team spirit!  The maximum amount of points a department can receive is 45.

Take a look at all the great costumes!

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Marketing won first place in the costume contest with their Cat in the Hat costumes and creative skit that mixed local tastes like furikake and shoyu on rice with the classic story of Green Eggs and Ham.  Sales took second place with their hilarious adaptation of Little Red Riding Hood.  Their skit included “bugaong cookies” and a very manly looking Red Riding Hood character.  Loans placed third with their inventive twist on the Summer Olympics.  They held an “Old-Lympics”, showing us what it might look like if seniors held their own Olympic games.

For branches, Bishop took first place because of their impeccable costumes and because of the way they transformed their branch into the “HiTel Correctional Facility”.  Their skit included confessions of their “criminal lives” and a clean and energetic performance of Psy’s “Gagnam Star” dance routine.

This year, we wanted to spice up our contest a bit so we asked our members to participate!  We set up our first ever Members’ Choice Award for this contest, which took place on our Facebook fanpage.  Members had until November 2nd to vote for their favorite costume!

The winner chosen by our members was the KAIMUKI branch!

Halloween is definitely one of our favorite times of the year!  Who knows what the creative people in our staff will think of next year??