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)
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Kapiolani Radiothon

This week we participated in the Kapiolani Radiothon for Kids with KSSK!  The radiothon raised money to benefit the Kapiolani Children’s Miracle Network, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children.

The miracle network, composed of 170 hospitals nationwide, seeks to help as many children as possible by keeping funds in the community to help local children.  100% of the money raised in Hawaii stays in Hawaii to help children regardless of their ability to pay.

Because of this great cause, 11 volunteers from our staff met up at 7:00 A.M., boarded a shuttle bus, and made our way to the Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children.  We arrived at the complex and headed to the radiothon headquarters in the  hospital’s cafeteria.  After a quick overview of how the radiothon works we went out to man the “phone bank”.  We answered calls and dialed-out to raise as much money as we could!  During power-hour, Panda Restaurants pledged to match the funds we collected within that hour, and the calls came more frequently.  Feeling like we were making a difference was so satisfying, everyone left with a giant smile on their faces.

The radiothon raised over $168,000 in two days.  We’d like to thank everyone who called in and donated to this awesome cause.

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