ICU Day 2015

2015 ICU Day FB postSince 1948, International Credit Union (ICU) Day has been celebrated on every third Thursday in October. It is a day designated to reflect on the credit union movement’s history and to recognize its achievements over the years. The ultimate goal of this special day is to raise awareness to the community about the outstanding work credit unions provide to their members.

This year’s ICU Day will be celebrated on Thursday, October 15, 2015 and the motto is “People helping people.” In appreciation of their loyal membership, HiTel members may stop any of our branch locations: King Street (Kalihi), Fort Street (Downtown), Kaimuki, Kapolei, Kunia, Mililani, Sheraton, or Wheeler to receive for a small gift. We look forward to seeing you!

Hele Mai You Belong!

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Happy National Wildlife Day!

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Have you ever stopped to look around and see what kind of wildlife we have here in Hawaii?

Hawaii has a unique ecosystem with various plants and animals, many of which are endangered or endemic (in other words, they can only be found here).  Like the photo above, we see a lot of lizards and birds here, and out in the ocean, it is easy to catch a glimpse of turtles and jellyfish!

Our local zoos, aquariums, and all the different botanical gardens provide tons of information about the plants and wildlife we have here, both local and transported from other places.  We are lucky to live in such a unique place with such beautiful creatures and be able to learn about them all!

National Wildlife Day was created to help spread awareness of endangered animals and an appreciation for wildlife and places that help to preserve and educate.

So, in honor of National Wildlife Day, don’t forget to take a moment to look at your surroundings to see all the wildlife that Hawaii has to offer!  Let us know what you find!

AUW Bake Sale 2015 Recap

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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.

Sweet Treats –  poi crunch, butter mocha, mochi dessert, lilikoi cupcakes, brownies, shortbread cookies, banana bread, oreo cookie rice krispies, captain crunch bites, and pumpkin crunch bars.

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.

ESPN 1420 Sports Festival Recap

On Saturday, June 27th, HiTel FCU staff volunteered at the ESPN 1420 Sports Festival at the Neil Blaisdell Exhibition Hall.  Kaiser Permanente sponsored the free event that featured a wide variety of sports, fitness and health related activities.  It also included demonstrations, celebrity autograph sessions, contests, giveaways and much more.

HiTel FCU booth gave attendees of all ages an opportunity to play financial football and spin our famous prize wheel!  We also sold HiTel’s reusable tote bags, where the proceeds will support Kapiolani’s Children’s Miracle Network Foundation.    To view more pictures from the event, visit our Facebook fan page “Hawaiian Tel FCU”.

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.