2013 3rd Quarter Edition eNewsletter

Knowing Who To Turn To...

Whether you've been impacted by Sequestration or are facing tough financial challenges brought on by the economic downturn, HawaiiUSA's NEW Financial Relief Program is designed to help you. This program includes assistance in the areas of:

Financial Relief Program

Here at HawaiiUSA FCU, we understand each member’s situation is different. We will work with you to find the right solution to meet your unique financial needs.

For more information on how HawaiiUSA can help, stop by one of our 12 branches, visit our website at, or call our Member Service Center at 534.4300 or toll-free (800) 379.1300.

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A Better Way to Pay for College...

HawaiiUSA FCU | Student Loans

Our Student Choice Loan fills the gap that federal aid may leave behind.

Visit for more details.

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Online Banking Enhancements

At HawaiiUSA, we are always looking for ways to enhance your banking experience. Get ready to experience the future of Online Banking:

Please keep your personal information current. For more information, visit us at or contact our Member Service Center at (808) 534.4300 on Oahu and toll-free at (800) 379.1300.

*Some restrictions apply.

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Home Improvement/Green Loans

Financing your next project is easy with our Home Improvement/Green Loans

Photovoltaic Facts:
Now is the ideal time to consider installing a photovoltaic (PV) system on your residential property. Not only can you save money on your electric bill, you can also help protect Hawaii’s environment by producing clean energy. State and Federal tax credits are still available, so now is the time to take advantage of them while they last!

Let us help finance your next project with our Home Improvement/Green Loan program. Check out these benefits:

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Redesigned $100 Note - Circulation begins October 8, 2013

New $100 Bill

The Federal Reserve Board (FRB) announced that the redesigned $100 note will begin circulating on October 8, 2013. From that point forward, depository institutions ordering $100 notes from the FRB will begin receiving the new note, which will be easier for the public to authenticate but more difficult for counterfeiters to replicate. The note incorporates new security features such as a blue 3-D security ribbon, raised- and micro-printing, a color-shifting 100, and a portrait watermark.

Consumers and businesses will not have to trade in older $100 notes for new ones—the older designs of Federal Reserve notes remain legal tender, and will not be recalled, demonetized, or devalued.

Although this new design was actually unveiled in 2010, a production delay postponed its introduction. Therefore, to ensure the smooth transition to the redesigned note, the U.S. Currency Education Program is reaching out to businesses and consumers around the world to raise awareness about the new design and inform them about how to use its security features. More information about the new $100 note, as well as training and educational materials, are available at

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Mobile Banking Made Easy!

Now you can easily do your banking anywhere, anytime with HawaiiUSA’s Mobile Banking!* Mobile Apps are available for iPhone®, AndroidTM and Blackberry® devices. You can also access our Mobile Banking Website at on your mobile device browser.

Also try out our Text (SMS) Banking and get on-demand account balances and transaction history when you need it.

For more information, visit us at or contact our Member Service Center at (808) 534.4300 on Oahu and toll-free (800) 379.1300.

*Mobile banking is free to all HawaiiUSA Online Banking members. An internet-enabled device is required to access the HawaiiUSA Mobile Banking App and Website. You must be enrolled in HawaiiUSA Online Banking to access mobile banking. Enrollment in HawaiiUSA Online Banking Bill Pay is required to access any bill payment services on mobile banking. Standard messaging and data usage fees apply. Please contact your carrier for details. Your mobile device must be registered through the Mobile Banking Service enrollment process.

iPhone® is a registered trademark of Apple® Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. App StoreSM is a service mark of Apple Inc. The Trademark BlackBerry® is owned by Research In Motion Limited (RIM®) and is registered in the United States and may be pending or registered in other countries. Android is a registered trademark of Google Inc. Trademarks and Service Marks are the property of their respective owners. Trademark owners have no affiliation with HawaiiUSA FCU, its products and services nor its website.

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General Safety Tips: Protecting Your Valuables

Although general property crime statistics have been decreasing in Hawaii over the years, crime still happens on a daily basis in our islands. Criminals do not discriminate and anyone can become a victim at any time. HawaiiUSA wants to remind our members to be vigilant when handling money and valuables in public. Here are some general safety tips to help you stay safe:

It is always a good idea to be aware of your surroundings. Criminals are opportunistic. They will usually wait for an opportunity to take advantage of a victim who is unaware and not paying attention.

These tips are provided to help our members protect their valuable assets and themselves.

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Vehicle Protection

HawaiiUSA is now offering a program you currently cannot find elsewhere in Hawaii! When you purchase a vehicle, finance it with HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union, and purchase a Vehicle Protection Program, HawaiiUSA will give you a six month complimentary Vehicle Return Protection with the option to upgrade for a longer term.

Vehicle Return Protection allows you to return your vehicle and walk away from negative equity up to $15,000 should any life changing circumstance arise, keeping your savings and credit intact.

In addition, HawaiiUSA now offers Roadside Assistance, Tire and Wheel Protection, and Paintless Dent Protection.

Roadside Assistance
Emergency Roadside Assistance is available on a sign and drive basis; no out-of-pocket expense will be incurred – up to $100 per incident, and up to three uses per 12 months.

Tire and Wheel Protection
Replace or repair tires or wheels due to damage caused by road hazards.

Paintless Dent Protection preserves the showroom sparkle with coverage of minor door dings and dents.

Visit one of our 12 branches for more information on our new MPower Program.

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Safe Deposit Box Sale

HawaiiUSA Safe Deposit Box

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HawaiiUSA Board of Director Nominations

The Nominating Committee of the Board of Directors for HawaiiUSA has nominated three (3) members to fill three (3) vacancies for the 2014-2015 Board of Directors. The following members, listed in alphabetical order, have been nominated:

Morris H. Kimoto  ·  Harold H. P. Look  ·  Jean H. Miyahira

HawaiiUSA members may petition the Board of Directors for nominations by submitting a brief statement of qualifications and biographical data, along with a petition signed by five-hundred (500) HawaiiUSA members. Nominations by petition must be postmarked no later than August 30, 2013. To receive a petition packet, email your request to Nominations by petition should be mailed to:

Nominations/Elections Committee
HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union
PO BOX 23226
Honolulu, HI 96822

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2013-2014 Scholarship Recipients... Congratulations!

We are pleased to announce the 16 members who were selected to receive a $2,000 scholarship each for the 2013-2014 school year.

High School
HawaiiUSA | Aubrey Bento HawaiiUSA | Kyle Cegler HawaiiUSA | Katherine Chun HawaiiUSA | Katy Kingery HawaiiUSA | Tina Li

HawaiiUSA | Kelli McGhiey HawaiiUSA | Steven Okada HawaiiUSA | Marysa Oshiro HawaiiUSA | Tiana Shiroma

HawaiiUSA | Sara Alimoto HawaiiUSA | Clifford Alonzo HawaiiUSA | Terrence Chida HawaiiUSA | Timothy Rebola

HawaiiUSA | Laine Higa HawaiiUSA | Jem Rojo

HawaiiUSA | Terence Fong

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Congratulations to Our Stipend Recipients!

Stipends were awarded to HawaiiUSA members to help extend their opportunities for career enhancement with the Department of Education.

HawaiiUSA FCU - Stipend Recipients

President & CEO, Karl Yoneshige, Assistant Superintendent Office of Human Resources, Mr. Corey Moriyama, and Acting Director Personnel Development Branch, Ms. Yvonne Lau, with stipend recipients who attended the award ceremony on May 4, 2013.

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The Incredible Shrinking IRA

What would you think of an investment which, after 15 years, couldn't buy as much as it could when you first invested the money? If you have a Traditional or Roth IRA in a low-yielding share account, that’s what your hard-earned dollars are currently doing.

In today's low interest environment, share-deposit IRA’s are earning less than .5% a year. While they have the advantage of being NCUA insured, they are hardly growing in value. At the same time, the cost of living continues to rise. This increase in the cost of everything is known as inflation and, historically, averages about 3.00% a year.

What can you do about this steady erosion in the purchasing power of your retirement funds? At HawaiiUSA Investment and Insurance Services, available through CFS*, we provide members with options for their retirement dollars. We invite you to give us a call at 844.8338 or stop in at any HawaiiUSA branch and speak with a Financial Advisor. Have your retirement money work as hard as you do.

*Non-deposit investment products and services are offered through CUSO Financial Services, L.P. (“CFS”), a registered broker-dealer (Member FINRA/SIPC) and SEC Registered Investment Advisor.  Products offered through CFS: are not NCUA/NCUSIF or otherwise federally insured, are not guarantees or obligations of the credit union, and may involve investment risk including possible loss of principal. Investment Representatives are registered through CFS. HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union has contracted with CFS to make non-deposit investment products and services available to credit union members.

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HawaiiUSA Golf Tournament

Sign Up for The Golf Tournament Today!

When:Monday, August 5, 2013
Where:Pearl Country Club
Time:11:30 a.m. Registration
12:30 a.m. Shotgun Start
Format:3-person Team
Cost:$1500 Platinum Sponsor* (includes two teams and greenies)
$1000 Gold Sponsor* (includes one team and greenies)
$650 Sliver Sponsor* (one team)
$110 Per Person*

* includes green fees, cart fees, lunch, banquet, & one (1) Flanigan

Download entry form to print and fill here

Please send entry and payment to:

Attn: Golf Tournament Committee
1226 College Walk
Honolulu, HI 96817

Make checks payable to: HawaiiUSA FCU Golf Tournament
Download PDF Version of newsletter for application

Proceeds derived from this tournament will benefit Hawaii’s schools and/or educators in the Hawaii Public Education System to further their career development. Call 534.4300 for more information.

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Valuing our Members Starts with Great Employees...

We proudly congratulate recipients of our 2013 1st Quarter Keys of Excellence Awards! HawaiiUSA’s KOE winners demonstrate our Core Values of Service, Integrity, Unity and Achievement.

HawaiiUSA Outstanding Employee | Meli Tamaye


Meli Tamaye
Business Relationship Officer
Outstanding Employee
In three months, Meli achieved 300% of her sales goal! Meli’s insight saved a business owner money and built a loyal relationship.


HawaiiUSA Outstanding Manager | Kelii Peltier


Kelii Peltier
Branch Manager
Outstanding Manager
When assisting branches as a relief manager, Kelii shares observations and talks with employees to help them succeed. As a 19-year employee, Kelii granted a loan to a member who was trying to keep things together for the family. Our member was in tears of joy. “Situations like these are AWESOME…we show our members how Life matters” – Kelii.



HawaiiUSA Outstanding Team

Laurie Kamada, Travis Kiyono, Val Ozaki, Shannon Fujiwara,
Sandy Hiromasa, Curtis Nishimura, Jennifer Batacan, Deb Louis,
Amanda Takahashi, Jody Yamada & Scott Young

CTR Template Conversion Team
Outstanding Team
Employees from Compliance, IT and Member Relations/Branch Support reconfigured the previous Symitar Currency Transaction Report (CTR) form used by branches. After several weeks, they met our Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) requirement by 3/31/2013 and saved our company money.


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