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Financial Planning
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Jeffrey Kao,

Partner, Financial Adviser

CA Insurance License Number #0G77429


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Kristi Chun,

Partner, Financial Adviser

CA Insurance License Number #0L74431


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Derek Tenn

Partner, Financial Adviser

CA Insurance License Number #0F40726



Effective financial strategies often require a team of experts working together to serve your best interests. In such situations, we act as the quarterback and make sure everyone is working together to achieve the best possible results. If you have existing team members you trust, such as your CPA or attorney, we are happy to work with them, and we can also bring in our subject-matter experts as needed. Click below to learn more about HIPac Financial’s strategic alliances and find contact information for local professionals.

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HIPac Financial provides innovative, cutting-edge products and services to help retirees, pre-retirees, young families, union members and federal and state employees grow and protect their wealth through all stages in life. We are committed to providing the best service through continued education, up-to-date product knowledge, and the development of strategic industry relationships--all while keeping in mind Hawaii's place in the world.


Our Process

Not every financial adviser is going to understand the challenges you face as residents of Hawaii. Your cost of living is significantly higher than most, but your industries pay the same rates.

You must be financially smart to enjoy your life today and in the future. That’s where the team at HIPac Financial comes in.

We understand that our clients are as unique and diverse as Hawaii, so instead of a one-size-fits-all approach, we take our holistically crafted process and tailor it to your needs and goals. By using a comprehensive financial planning process, HIPac Financial offers clients a better understanding of their financial situation, which benefits they have, and works with them to implement a plan toward helping them reach their ultimate financial goals.

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Located in downtown Honolulu in the Pacific Guardian Center:

Directions to parking (On Alakea Street)
Note: Clearance 6’ 1”

H-1 Eastbound:

  1. Exit at Pali Highway off-ramp (stay right heading downtown)
  2. Continue onto Bishop Street
  3. Left at Queen Street.
  4. Left at Alakea (stay in left lane)
  5. Left into Pacific Guardian Center parking garage

H-1 Westbound:

  1. Exit at Vineyard Street off-ramp
  2. Left at Pali Highway
  3. Continue onto Bishop Street
  4. Left at Queen Street
  5. Left at Alakea (stay in left lane)
  6. Left into Pacific Guardian Center parking garage

Nimitz Highway:

  1. Left at Alakea (stay in left lane)
  2. After Queen Street, Left into Pacific Guardian Center parking garage

The team at HIPac Financial is licensed and services clients in these states.

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Kristi’s holistic approach to financial advising enables her to work with clients from all different stages of life, but she is passionate about working with those who call Hawai’i their home. She is dedicated to helping individuals and families with their specific planning needs, while navigating the challenges and opportunities we all face living here.

In addition to her Hawai’i life insurance and health insurance licenses, Kristi has earned FINRA Series 6, 7, 63, and 66 licenses. This combination of licenses enables her to provide a comprehensive approach to financial planning, retirement planning, estate planning, college funding, investments, and more.

Kristi and her family currently live in Honolulu. When away from the office, she loves to spend as much time as she can with her husband and son, taking advantage of all Hawai’i has to offer, including the beaches, hiking, and enjoying all of Hawai’i's ono food.

*As of December 2021.



  • CFP® Certificant Since 2016
  • 2012 - 2021 Million Dollar Round Table Qualifying Member*
  • 2012 - 2018, 2020 New York Life President's Council Qualifier**
  • 2010 - 2017 New York Life Life All-Stars Award#
  • 2011 - 2013 New York Life Annuity Champion#
  • 2011, 2013 New York Life Long Term Care Circle of Champions Member#
  • 2010 - 2011 New York Life Executive Council Qualifier**
  • LUTCF® Designation Since 2010
  • 2009 New York Life New Agent Case Rate Leader of the Year#
  • 2009 New York Life Quality Council Qualifier#
  • Registered Representative for NYLIFE Securities LLC
  • Agent with New York Life Insurance Company Since 2006

*The Milion Dollar Round Table (MDRT), The Premier Association of Financial Professionals is recognized globally as the standard of excellence for life insurance sales performance in the insurance and financial services industry.

**Council is an annual company recognition program based on agent production from July 1-June 30.

#Sales achievement awards.



Kristi is committed to advocating for her clients and industry. She has served as New York Life's Political Involvement Leader, is an active member of the YAT (Young Advisory Team), and for years, played an integral part of NAIFA (National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors) before taking a step back from her board member position. As a former member of the Rotary Club of West Honolulu, Kristi also spent years learning how to create change on a local and global scale. A skill she continues to practice to this day.


Wealth Management

Through Eagle Strategies LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of New York Life Insurance Company, HIPac Financial works with you to design and implement a variety of wealth accumulation and management plans. Investment programs range from separately managed portfolios of stocks and bonds to mutual funds, and access to third-party wealth management programs. Our holistic process helps ensure that management of investment assets aligns with your goals, risk tolerance and time horizon. With continual plan monitoring, we can also help you adjust your plan as your needs and life evolve.


Financial Planning

Through Eagle Strategies LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of New York Life Insurance Company, HIPac Financial provides personalized financial planning to you, considering your income, risk tolerance, values, and family. We work with you to identify and prioritize your goals, explore options, establish effective strategies, construct and execute a plan, assess the performance of the plan, and make adjustments as needed.


Estate Planning

Through HIPac Financial, you have access to New York Life’s Advanced Planning Group. The Advanced Planning Group is a team of more than 30 nationally known professionals with specialized training in law, taxation, accounting, business, insurance, finance, and philanthropic planning. They have advanced degrees, designations, and specialized training in law, estate taxation, accounting, business, insurance, finance, and philanthropic planning. Combined, they have more than 300 years of experience assisting with wealth strategies and business planning objectives in numerous concentrations.


Life Insurance and Asset Protection

Protecting what matters to you most means working with a financial professional who understands that everyone’s needs are unique and tailors solutions to help meet you meet your goals. At HIPac Financial, we’ll sit down with you to help you find the right amount of protection to give you and your loved ones the financial security you deserve. Whether you need temporary coverage at an affordable price or lifetime coverage with living benefits, we’ll create a custom solution that’s right for you and ensure that it continues to meet your goals as your needs change over time.


Long-Term Care and
Disability Needs Solutions

Long-Term Care Insurance

You’re doing the hard work of saving so you can live the life you want in retirement. Long-term care coverage is the next step in helping you keep that lifestyle. With 70% of people ages 65 and older needing some kind of assistance with everyday activities— like getting dressed or going to the doctors – long-term care can have a lasting impact on your family and assets1.

HIPac Financial works with clients to develop a plan that is tailored to help you maintain your lifestyle and minimize the impact on your loved ones and your assets. This type of insurance can include coverage for home care, assisted living facilities, and/or nursing homes. Whether it be a long-term care plan in tandem with an existing life insurance plan or independent, HIPac Financial can help provide confidence and security in the face of retirement.


Disability Insurance

What is your most valuable asset? For most people, it’s your ability to earn income. Disability insurance can protect an individual’s income during times of an unforeseen illness or injury. In addition to income protection, disability insurance can also provide coverage to supplement an employer-sponsored disability plan. HIPac Financial understands it can be immensely valuable to invest in a dependent safety net, like disability insurance, and will work with you to develop a custom plan to provide you security when you need it most.

1. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2017,


401(k) and IRA

When you leave a job or retire, you have a decision to make regarding your 401(k) money. While leaving those assets in the former employer's plan is an option, a rollover can also be a consideration. Working with your tax advisor, we can help determine the right course of action for you. HIPac Financial will layout the advantages and disadvantages of your options while accounting for your specific needs, retirement plans, desired investment options, applicable fees, withdrawal options, required minimum distributions and tax treatment of applicable options.

Neither New York Life Insurance Company nor its agents offer tax advice. When considering rolling over the proceeds from your retirement plan to another tax-qualified vehicle, note that you have options, including leaving the funds in your existing plan or rolling it over to a new employer's plan. Depending on the option you select, there may be fees, expenses, and taxes upon withdrawal. Please consult a tax advisor before withdrawing funds.