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Thousands of Job Opportunities for Leeward Residents at 6th Annual Hire Leeward Job Fair


KAPOLEI — When Embassy Suites by Hilton Oahu – Kapolei geared up for their grand opening in 2017, the biggest component on ensuring the hotel’s success remained: hiring quality employees.  This is why General Manager Reid Yoshida, who was looking to fill nearly 100 positions, participated in the Hire Leeward Job & Career Fair, which annually attracts over 2,000 jobseekers.


One year later, Yoshida reflected on the success of the Fair.  “At the Hire Leeward Fair, we succeeded in filling nearly all of our positions.  Today, 94% of our hotel employees are West O’ahu residents who are happy to be working closer to home.”


One of those hotel employees is Executive Chef Todd Constantino, an ’Ewa Beach resident who once spent up to 3 hours a day commuting to his job in Urban Honolulu and back, but after landing a position with the new hotel, he now spends only 7 minutes driving to work every day.


“It’s been a complete lifestyle change for me,” Chef Constantino expressed.  “I have precious time I can finally spend with my family… and I even have time to enjoy dinners at home!”


Thousands of Leeward residents will have the same opportunity to make a career and lifestyle change at this year’s fair:


For the 6th consecutive year, Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine is proud to partner with the Kapolei Chamber of Commerce to present The Hire Leeward Job & Career Fair taking place on Saturday, June 23, 2018, at the University of Hawai’i – West O’ahu campus from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


With the recurring theme of “Connecting Leeward Residents with Leeward Jobs”, the 6th Annual Hire Leeward Job & Career Fair will host 77 businesses and organizations offering a wide range of Leeward-based career opportunities including: healthcare, financial services, food service, hospitality, retail, administrative, and more.


“For our Leeward residents– this isn’t just a career change, this is a lifestyle change,” said Councilmember Pine. “Last year, it was exciting to see so many attendees get hired on the spot!”


“By finding a job closer to home, residents can leave their days of sitting in traffic behind, and spend those treasured hours with their families.  Many don’t realize that there are over 60,000 jobs on the Leeward coast; one for just about every adult in my district,” Pine explains.


Councilmember Pine is also proud to announce that for the second consecutive year, the Presenting Sponsor of the Hire Leeward Job and Career Fair is Ko Olina Resort, whose partners, including Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, Four Seasons Resort O’ahu at Ko Olina, Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club and Ko Olina Golf Club, will be looking to fill immediate positions.


According to Ko Olina, future developments at the 642-acre resort are expected to generate an additional 27,300 jobs on the Leeward coast.  The resort will have an estimated 31,800 permanent jobs at full build-out.  By partnering with Hire Leeward, Ko Olina hopes to connect West O’ahu residents with current and future hospitality career opportunities.


Additionally, Four Seasons Resort O’ahu at Ko Olina Director of Human Resources Joseph Hodnette will be presenting free career education seminars, helping residents learn the skills and make the connections they need to find a job closer to home:



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The 6th Annual Hire Leeward Job & Career Fair expects to host thousands of residents in attendance.  Attendees can get priority and complimentary entrance into the Fair by registering online.  For more information on the Hire Leeward initiative and the Fair, job seekers are encouraged to visit


Councilmember Pine represents residents of District One (’Ewa, ’Ewa Beach, Kapolei, Honokai Hale, Ko Olina, Nanakuli, Maili, Wai’anae, Makaha, Keaau, Makua).