A career could start here

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Mark Bonilla, manager of Jamba Juice at Kukui Grove Center, offers a “dream” of a job during the Career Fair that will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday throughout the mall.

LIHUE — Mark Bonilla, manager of Jamba Juice at Kukui Grove Center, said they are looking for happy, energetic people with positive attitudes.

Jamba Juice is one of six tenants in the center seeking prospective employees at the Career Expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday throughout the mall.

Bonilla said one of the positions they are seeking to fill is a full-time assistant manager slot with “great pay and benefits.

“We’re also seeking team members starting at $11.50 an hour, and team leads starting at $12.50 an hour,” Bonilla said. “These are part-time positions and on call.”

There will be about 30 vendors seeking people to fill positions, said Melissa McFerrin-Warrack of Kukui Grove Center.

There is work going on in the food court area and the exhibition area so the vendors will be spread out throughout the center.

“This is a great opportunity to find the door to a future career,” McFerrin-Warrack said.

Denise Zumwalt, a co-owner of the Flip Flop Shop, said the shop is also seeking two part-time sales associates who have the possibility of working into becoming full time.

These positions are seasonal with the possibility of transitioning to permanent, she said. The positions offer 10 to 15 hours a week, or three to four shifts a week.

“We offer competitive pay plus commission, and an employee discount,” Zumwalt said. “Of course, compensation is commensurate with experience.”

Other vendors include Genki Sushi, Times Supermarket, the Regis Corp., and Macy’s.

“We’ll be interviewing and hiring on the same say,” said David Reifenberg, Macy’s vice president and Kukui Grove store manager. “We’re gearing up for the holidays and need seasonal help in addition to six regular positions that we will look to fill. The regular positions are immediate, part time, and on-call basis. We also need to fill 20 seasonal positions, hiring as early as the expo, but the associates not starting until November, and working through the holidays.”

The Kukui Grove tenants will be joined by two dozen other vendors from the community, including Hawaiian Airlines, Signature Flight Support, and other businesses in the airline industry.

Others include representatives from the visitor industry, restaurants, the medical field and more. A full listing of vendors is available in the special guide in today’s The Garden Island newspaper.


Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or dfujimoto@thegardenisland.com.

  1. manongindashadow October 5, 2018 12:10 pm Reply

    Job Fairs are good. Only if we could get lazy, and spoil brat’s to go out to apply for these job offers.

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