Staff Profiles

Joy in Las Vegas

We continue our series of staff profiles with Joy Viana, who’s been with APFCU for four years

  • Anti-fraud tips for APFCU members: "Guard your personal information! Limit what you share on social media."
  • Favorite member interactions: "Listening to our members’ stories and being able to follow their life events. Being able to help them in getting their first loan for school tuition, then their first charge card (APFCU VISA), then their first automobile (new or used) and in the future being able to assist them in purchasing their first home."
  • Favorite hobby: Reading
  • Dream vacation: "In my bucket list is Santorini in Greece"
  • What lesson from your childhood do you still find useful today? "Time Management. I manage my time efficiently, I don’t focus on activity that doesn’t contribute to my daily productivity. I was the oldest of six children; my father died when I was 12 years old, so my mother had to get back to the workforce to raise all of us. I learned to manage the household duties and responsibilities, including ensuring my siblings finished their homework and were bathed, fed and ready for bedtime. Also to effectively plan the meals for dinner nightly and for breakfast the next day and to ensure my siblings were ready for school. My mother normally got home at around midnight from the sundry store she owned and managed."

Meet Flo Miyashiro

Welcome to our new feature, introducing you to our Aloha Pacific FCU ohana who are front and center at the branches or working behind the scenes!

Here’s Flo Miyashiro, who joined the APFCU ohana 3½ years ago.

  • Favorite hobbies: Cooking and spending time with family
  • Favorite travel spot: Seattle
  • Dream vacation: Switzerland and Italy
  • Financial lesson learned from her own experience: “When I was young, I didn’t know how to balance my checkbook and kept writing checks that resulted in paying non-sufficient fund fees.”
  • Anti-fraud tip for APFCU members: “Aloha Pacific FCU will not call members to get their personal information over the phone or by text.”

And: “It feels good when I help members with their credit and get their finances to have better cash flow.”

St. Francis FCU Merger

Welcome, new members!

St. Francis Medical Center FCU members are now Aloha Pacific FCU members with the completion of the merger on November 1. They now have access to all the products and services offered by APFCU.

The St. Francis branch, 2228 Liliha Street, suite 209, on the campus of St. Francis Healthcare System, remains open. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; closed at lunchtime, noon to 1 p.m.

This is the 11th merger since 2008 for Aloha Pacific FCU. The other mergers are:

  • Inter-Island FCU, 2008
  • First Insurance FCU, 2009
  • Word of Life FCU, 2010
  • Media Hawaii FCU, 2011
  • Hawaii Stevedores / Castle & Cooke FCU, 2012
  • Hawaii National Guard CU, 2017
  • OTS (Oahu Transit Services) Employees FCU, 2018
  • Kekaha FCU (now a division of APFCU), 2018
  • Hawaii Pacific FCU (Sears Hawaii), 2019
  • McCabe, Hamilton & Renny FCU, 2020

APFCU is privileged to assist all members in their financial goals. We thank you for helping to make APFCU the success it is today!

Real Estate Reality

Oahu's Condo Market Heats Up

The housing market in the new year has continued where 2021 left off – with record breaking numbers!

The median price for condos hit a new record of $510,000. Closed sales were also up 40% compared to last January and units sold on an average of 14 days on the market.

Single family home prices are keeping up as well. January’s numbers tied the median sales price record set last year at $1,050,000. Interest rates are still low, so this trend looks to continue in 2022.

If you’re interested in learning more about the housing market, or are interested in buying or selling a property, Aloha Pacific Premier Realty is ready to help. Don't forget that APFCU members benefit by receiving a free 1-year home warranty when purchasing a property, while sellers can save thousands of dollars with our discounted seller’s commission. 

Call our principal broker, Reyn Uehara, at (808) 383-8072 for a no-obligation consultation. 

[posted February 8, 2022]

Investment Tips 101
Time is More Important Than Timing When Investing

Article from Aloha Pacific Financial Group

A lot of people try to make predictions about the market and time their buying and selling just right so they can buy low and sell high. However, it can be very time consuming, frustrating and in the end you may still get it incorrect.

Interestingly, while financial analysts don’t always agree when the market will go up or down, many of them will agree that the longer you are in the market, the better it can be for your investment.

Instead, you should consider investing your money in investments with a long-term growth outlook and let it grow over time. A good long-term allocation can provide a potential for a higher rate of return over time vs picking stocks for short-term returns. It’s okay to make modest adjustments to your stock portfolio as conditions change for the individual company, the stock market as a whole, and the economy. However, short-term investments are designed for goals that are closer at hand.

Let our in-house professional advisors help you pursue your financial goals. Call us today for your free consultation at (808) 539-0136.

Also visit us at www.AlohaPacificFinancialGroup.com to sign up for our monthly e-newsletter.

There is no guarantee that a diversified portfolio will enhance overall returns or outperform a non-diversified portfolio. Diversification does not protect against market risk. Investing involves risk including loss of principal. No strategy can ensure success or protect against loss.

Source: https://www.fool.com/investing/2021/07/04/trying-to-time-the-stock-market-is-a-bad-idea/

[revised January 25, 2022]