A birthday is a reason to celebrate. But why? What are the reasons for many of our birthday celebrations?
The idea of celebrating the date of your birth is a pagan tradition. In fact, many Christians didn’t celebrate birthdays historically, because of that link to paganism.
Pagans thought that evil spirits lurked on days of major changes, like the day you turn a year older.
The ancient Greeks believed that each person had a spirit that attended his or her birth, and kept watch.
So why do we blow out candles?
The candles were a response to the evil spirits. They showed up to communicate with the gods. A light, in the darkness.
The Germans are credited with starting the kids birthday tradition in the 1700s. They put candles on tortes for “kinderfeste,” one for each year of life, along with some extras to signify upcoming years.
Who’s Birthday is it?
Our birthday! We’ll be 81 years old on October 22! Happy Birthday to us! We thank you members. If it weren’t for you, we wouldn’t be celebrating. Thank you for keeping us in your Ohana!
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.
If you would like to view more pictures visit our company Facebook fan page – Hawaiian Tel FCU at https://www.facebook.com/hitelfcu. For more information on AUW and how to get involved, visit their website at www.auw.org.
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:
Lori, Anna, Stacey and Laurie pose in their costumes at our Employee appreciation party.
On Sunday, October 26th HiTel FCU celebrated their employee appreciation party in style with a Halloween twist. Staff gathered for a fun-filled morning with games-galore and a breakfast buffet that filled our bellies. There was an omelet and waffle bar in addition to the main buffet. Employees participated in individual and team trivial games including a variety of “minute to win it” games like bite me (bobbing for apples using vampire fangs) and the toilet paper mummy wrap.
All attendees were encouraged to dress up in their best Halloween costumes to liven up the mood – as Halloween is just around the corner. Everyone was able to capture the day with the Oh Snap photo booth kiosk. This was a great day to unite everyone together from all our branches.
Our employees will be continuing their Halloween spirit on Friday, so stop by any of our branch locations!
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:
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!