Are you trying to open a checking account in Hawaii, but can’t get approved? It’s probably because you have a negative listing in ChexSystems. Most banks in Hawaii use ChexSystems to review your banking history.
Fortunately, you still have options. There are several banks that don’t use ChexSystems during the application process, and others that offer second chance checking.
Non-ChexSystems & Second Chance Banks in Hawaii
Take a look at this comprehensive list of banks and credit unions in Hawaii that either don’t use ChexSystems, or offer second chance checking accounts.
With Chime®, bad banking history is not an issue. They offer an award-winning financial app, a debit card, and a credit-builder Visa credit card, all with no credit check.
The Chime Checking Account is 100% free and has no monthly fees:
- no overdraft fees
- no monthly maintenance fees
- no foreign transaction fees
- no minimum balance fees
They’ll even spot you up to $200 on debit card purchases with no overdraft fees.
You can also start building your credit with the Secured Chime Credit Builder Visa® Credit Card. It’s a secured credit card with no annual fees, no credit checks, and no interest charges.
Chime has over 60,000 fee-free MoneyPass® and Visa® Plus Alliance ATMs. Plus, you can get your paycheck up to 2 days earlier with direct deposit. You can also deposit cash for free at over 8,500 Walgreens.
You can see why Chime is our #1 choice.
Aspiration’s Spend & Save Account hybrid checking and savings account that is entirely online. There’s a $10 minimum opening deposit to get started.
With an Aspiration debit card, you get unlimited fee-free withdrawals at over 55,000 ATMs and one out-of-network ATM reimbursement per month. You can also get paid up to two days early with direct deposit.
You can earn up to 5.00% APY when you spend $1,000/month and deposits are FDIC insured.
Current is a financial technology company, not a bank. The company does not use ChexSystems or pull your credit report, and they have a lot to offer.
A Current mobile banking account includes fee-free overdraft protection of up to $100. You also get access to over 40,000 fee-free Allpoint ATMs with your Current debit card, and there is no minimum balance or hidden fees.
You can also get paid up to two days early with direct deposit with a Current Premium account. Plus, Current offers up to 4.00% APY with Current Savings Pods.
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.