Don’t let past mismanagement of your money hurt your finances today. Even if past instances of unpaid bank fees or excessive non-sufficient funds are listed on your ChexSystems record, you don’t have to give up. You can find a bank in Hawaii that can help you rebuild your checking history while still providing you with the services you need.
Here’s how it works.
The first option is to find a non-ChexSystems bank. They usually have different standards for qualifying applicants, such as a credit check or simply verifying your identity with valid photo IDs.
Alternatively, many banks offer a second chance checking account regardless of your ChexSystems history. They sometimes come with certain restrictions or fees, but you can generally upgrade to a normal account after six months to a year of successfully managing your account.
Our comprehensive list of Hawaii non-ChexSystems and second chance checking accounts can help you find the right match and quickly regain your financial footing.
Chime is a completely mobile banking solution and is designed to help people with ChexSystems records get a second chance account. You completely manage your money through the Chime app, which sends you daily alerts on how much money is in your account and what transactions have been made with your debit card.
When you sign up for direct deposit, you’ll get the funds in your account up to two days faster than your colleagues. The best part is that there’s no monthly fee for checking with Chime.
When you need cash, simply use your debit card to withdraw money from a fee-free ATM in the MoneyPass or Visa Plus Alliance network. You can also opt into a savings account. Round up your debit purchases and have the change automatically transferred to your savings. The entire process is set up to be hassle-free.
Instead of ChexSystems, CU Hawaii Federal uses Telecheck so you may be able to qualify for a new account. Their regular checking account option doesn’t have a required opening deposit, minimum account balance, or monthly fee, so it’s extremely accessible regardless of your finances.
Plus, you get perks like online banking and bill pay, mobile banking and check deposit, and overdraft protection. Membership to CU Hawaii Federal is open to anyone who lives or works on the Islands of Hawaii. Branches are located in Hilo, Kailua-Kona, Kea’au, Na’alehu, Ocean View, Pahala, and Pahoa.
Gather Federal is another option that relies on Telecheck, not ChexSystems. Start off by using their Checking Navigator, an online tutorial that teaches you how to better manage your checking account.
If you qualify for an account, you can choose from one of several Kasasa rewards accounts, or a traditional share draft account. This last option has no monthly fee or minimum balance and just requires a $25 opening deposit. Plus, you earn credit union dividends no matter what your balance may be.
Interested in joining Gather Federal? Membership is open to anyone who lives, works, attends school, or worships on the islands of Kauai and Niihau. There’s a one-time membership fee of $1 and you’ll also need to deposit $5 into your share savings account. Branches are located in Lihue, Waimea, Eleele, and Kapaa.
Hawaii Community Federal uses Telecheck rather than ChexSystems when evaluating new applications. They have a free account called Check Advantage.
It doesn’t come with a monthly fee or a minimum balance requirement, making it a low-cost option for account holders. When opening your account, however, you do need to deposit $50 into a share savings account.
To join Hawaii Community Federal, you must live, work, worship, attend school, or volunteer on Hawaii Island. Locations are in Kaloko, Kailua-Kona, Kealakekua, Kohala, and Honoka’a.
Any eligible member can open a savings account with Hawaiian Financial Federal. To get a checking account, they’ll use either ChexSystems or Unicheck.
If you can qualify, they offer Value Checking, which comes with all the basic account features you need to manage your finances. There’s no balance requirement or monthly service fee and the opening deposit minimum is a mere $5.
To become a member, you must live, worship, work, or go to school on the island of Oahu. There are 12 locations across Honolulu, Kapolei, Waipahu, Kahului, Pearl City, and Wheeler AAF.
HomeStreet Bank may approve you for an account if your ChexSystems report isn’t too severe. Their Choice Checking account is free and has no minimum balance or direct deposit requirement.
You do, however, need a $100 opening deposit. The account comes with free online and mobile banking, including check deposit and bill pay. Each month you’ll also be able to get two free transactions at non-HomeStreet Bank ATMs for added convenience and savings.
HomeStreet Bank has four Hawaii branches. They’re located in Hilo, Honolulu, Kaimuki, and Pearl City.