Media Contact: Kiran Polk, Kymberly Marcos Pine

Honolulu Councilmember, District 1

DECEMBER 23, 2013 Tel: (808) 768-5023
Leeward Residents Delivered Traffic Relief at New Year Job Fair

(KAPOLEI) Leeward residents who fight traffic every day to get to work will have an opportunity to save between two and three hours in traffic this New Year. On January 8, the 2nd Annual Hire Leeward Job and Career Fair will take place at the University of Hawaii, West Oahu from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. offering hundreds of Leeward-based jobs to residents. Last year’s job fair offered 1,200 job openings. Over 3,000 job seekers attended the event.

The Fair has already attracted more than 50 local companies seeking to fill jobs at their Leeward locations. Participating employers include Central Pacific Bank, Queen’s Medical Center, the J.W. Marriott Ihilani Resort and Spa, Rengo Packaging, the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center and Zippys. The jobs offered will include full-time and part-time positions and job training in professional, managerial, technical, clerical, transportation, logistics, public service, education, construction trades, medical, retail, service, and sales. (A full list of participating employers and career guidance organizations is available below.)

“There are over 53,000 jobs on the Leeward Coast alone which makes a job available to just about every Leeward adult who wants to work close to home,” said Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine, who founded the Hire Leeward Initiative. “Our goal is to make residents aware of these opportunities so they can improve their quality of life with their families and get out of the painful traffic that they spend so much time in.

“Companies attending the Fair recognize that employees who spend less time in traffic and more time with their families are more productive and bring more value to the company. We want to support these employers by connecting them to our quality candidates from the Leeward Coast.”

The 2nd Annual Hire Leeward Job and Career Fair will be held Wednesday, January 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Great Lawn of the University of Hawaii, West Oahu campus at 91-1001 Farrington Highway in Kapolei. Information about the Hire Leeward Job and Career Fair for employers and job seekers may be obtained at (808) 768-5001 or at
About the Hire Leeward Initiative:

The HIRE LEEWARD initiative connects Leeward residents with Leeward jobs.

The Initiative has a five-year campaign with the following goals:

1. Encourage leeward residents to seek leeward jobs;

2. Reduce traffic congestion to and from town;

3. Encourage better coordination with leeward employers and job seekers;

4. Encourage leeward residents to buy from leeward companies;

5. Hold job training events; and

6. Improve the quality of life of leeward residents.
Participating Employers
**Please note: This is NOT a final list**


Aloha Pacific Federal Credit Union

ALTRES Staffing

Bank of Hawaii

Big City Diner

C&S Wholesale Grocers

Central Pacific Bank

Child and Family Service

Clinical Laboratories of Hawaii, LLP

Covanta Honolulu Resource Recovery Venture

Firestone Complete Auto Care

Frito Lay, Inc.

Floorlayers Local 1926

Glaziers Local 1889

Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART)

Hawaii Air National Guard

Hawaii Independent Energy

Hawaii Regional Council of Carpenters

Hawai’i Pacific Health


Honolulu Police Department

HMS Host

Jack in the Box Hawaii

Jamba Juice Hawaii

J.W. Marriott Ihilani Resort and Spa

Kahi Mohala Behavioral Health

Kama’aina Kids

Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club

Leeward Community College-OCEWD

New York Life Insurance

Panda Express

Painters Local 1791

Plumber’s Union

ProService Hawaii

Rengo Packaging, Inc.

Reynolds Recycling

Roberts Hawaii

Queens Medical Center

Servco Pacific Inc.

Staffing Solutions of Hawaii

Tapers Local 1944

University of Hawai`i – West O`ahu


Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center

Wet ‘n’ Wild Hawaii




Resource Vendors

SCORE Hawaii

Small Business Administration

Business Action Center

Small Business Development Center


Information Tables

Neighborhood Commission Office

Hawaii Health Connector

Voting Registration



Career development event schedule

Location: Multi-Purpose Room, 2nd Floor (above Main Dining)

Personal and Career Development

10:00 am – 10:45 am
“Empowering Yourself to Get the Job You Want”
– Kathy Davenport, Kathy Davenport Images

10:45 am – 11:30 am
“Networking Your Way To A Job”
-Sloane Ketcham, Pasty T. Mink Center For Business & Leadership

11:30 am – 12:15 pm
“Dress for Success”
-Pam Chambers, Pam Chambers Consulting

1:00 pm – 1:45 pm
“Doing Well on the Job”
– Organization, Time Management
– Debra Hartley, Precision Admin Solutions

1:45 pm – 2:30 pm
“Resume Writing”
-Sue Bias, VP – Human Resources, St. Francis Healthcare System

Location: Building D – Classroom D140

Business Seminars

10:00 am – 10:45 am
“Licensing and Registering Your Business”
– Jayna Uyehara, Esq.

10:45 pm – 11:30 pm
“Simple Steps to Starting Your Buisness”
-Vince Dydasco, SCORE Hawaii

11:30 am – 12:15 pm
“How to Write A Business Plan”
-Chip McClelland,Professional Business Services

1:00 pm – 1:45 pm
“SBA Business and Loan Programs”
-Mary Dale Small Business Administration

1:45 pm – 2:30 pm
“Introduction to SBDC – How We Can Assist to Start Your Buisiness” -Dennis Kwock, Small Business Development Corporation

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