79th Annual Meeting & Dinner

On Saturday, April 2nd, we held our 79th Annual Meeting and Dinner at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Coral Ballrooms.

The evening kicked off at 5:00pm with the Annual Meeting.  HiTel members filled the meeting room to the brim as Chairman Glen Moribe and other board members shared of this past year’s financial success with the credit union.  President Norman Okimoto proudly shared of Hawaiian Tel FCU’s top 10 ranking for healthiest credit unions in the nation.  Hawaiian Tel Federal Credit Union ranked 6th out of 6,000+ credit unions nationwide!  The board also discussed important information for the future, such as the April 25th opening of our next in-store branch in the Pearl City Wal-Mart.  Towards the end of the meeting, Glen was sent off with many thanks and aloha as his tenure as chairman came to a close.


Then came the moment all the members were waiting for – the door prizes!  This year’s prizes ranged from gift cards, electronics, a 55″ LED TV, overnight stays at local hotels, and the grand finale – a trip for two to Las Vegas!  Augie T was there to announce the winners and their prizes, all while entertaining the crowd with jokes.


The meeting lasted about an hour, and as soon as it was over, everyone headed to the next ballroom for the dinner portion of the night. We were served a 7-course Chinese dinner that included crab meat and tofu mushroom soup, curry shrimp and fried haupia, asparagus beef, crispy duck with plum sauce and Chinese bun, steamed bass, and crispy chicken with pineapple sauce.  For dessert: chilled almond tofu delight.  Everything was super ono!

The entertainment for the night started with Mailani Makainai, who performed numerous  songs and was accompanied by Kaui Dalire performing hula.  Afterwards, John and Ernie Cruz Jr with their band set up to entertain the crowd with both brothers’ numerous hits and crowd favorites.  The evening ended with Mystical Sounds starting the dancing portion with the Electric Slide. Thanks to these performers and their beautiful voices and talents, the room was definitely ‘electric’ and feeling a lot of ‘island style’.

The 79th Annual Meeting and Dinner was an overall huge success.  There were great prizes, great food, and great entertainment.  A big MAHALO to everyone who came to join us!  We hope you all had a wonderful night, and we look forward to seeing you all again next year!

Check out all of our Annual Dinner photos here!

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!

Keeping Your Identity Safe During Holiday Travel

Luggage consisting of large suitcases and rucksacks isolated on white.So the bags are packed and the doors are locked as you head out for the big trip, but aren’t you forgetting something? Identity theft predators thrive off of holiday travelers. Here are six basic tips to ensure you don’t fall victim to identity theft while on the road this winter.

  1. Keep your home safe. As tempting as it may be to rub a vacation in the neighbors’ faces, avoid announcing your vacation on social media. Your home could be targeted for burglary, leaving your identity vulnerable. Hide laptops and important documents within the home, just in case of a break-in.
  1. Use secured Wi-Fi. Avoid logging on to your bank account or other sites with sensitive information while using unsecured public Wi-Fi in hotels, cafes, airports and other locations.
  1. Use ATMs only at financial service centers. Other ATMs are more vulnerable to tampering. Be wary of restaurants where waiters could have portable skimmers.
  1. Bring the right card. Use a card with enhanced security, such as Hawaiian Tel Federal Credit Union’s advanced security ATM/debit cards. You’ll receive text alerts of any unusual or suspicious purchases so you can verify them. Just make sure to alert your financial institution before traveling internationally, so that using your card in unusual places doesn’t trigger a freeze on your account. It’s also a good idea to leave unnecessary cards at home, such as other debit cards and library cards.
  1. Dispose of documents properly. Rip up any papers with personal information that you’re no longer using. This means tearing up used boarding passes with full names or other personal information on them.
  1. Lock it down. Make sure your smartphone has a lock on it and is password protected. It’s a good idea to install a GPS-locator app that helps you find the phone in case it’s lost or stolen.

Cait Klein, NerdWallet

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Kapi’olani Children’s Radiothon Recap

HiTel VolunteersOn Thursday, August 27, HiTel FCU employees volunteered at the annual Children’s Miracle Network – radiothon and telethon – at Kapi’olani Medical Center for Women and Children.  Our staff eagerly answered phones to receive generous donations from Hawaii’s community.

For the past nine years, KSSK has supported the Children’s Miracle Network, and has helped Kapi’olani Medical Center raised over 1 million dollars!   All proceeds collected remain in Hawaii and provides assistance to the entire Pacific region.

The time we spent at the hospital was humbling and heartfelt.  We had an opportunity to meet some of the children and their families who received assistance.  They were very appreciative and grateful because the Children’s Miracle Network’s monetary support they received was a miracle for their children!

Mahalo, to everyone who pledged and contributed their time to a wonderful cause!

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.