Kukui Grove Target targeting 300 jobs

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Dee Anne Facuri, the Target Lihu‘e store manager, welcomes potential ‘ohana team members to the temporary office in the Kukui Grove Marketplace in Lihu‘e.

LIHU‘E — There are up to 300 employment opportunities available, now, said Dee Ann Facuri, the Target Lihu‘e store manager.

“Traditionally, we do several hiring fairs to fill positions,” Facuri said. “However, with the current COVID-19 situation, we can’t do that.”

However, the website indicates only 74 positions for the state of Hawai‘i, and just a dozen for the store in Lihu‘e that will open shortly.

“Those are some of the positions being advertised,” Facuri said. “We always hire more than one individual for a position. We’ve already gotten responses from the hiring appearance done earlier by Target’s Koa Kubera, and those people are now in training at other Target stores.”

Available positions include the range from department managers and leads to team members, with each job offering employee benefits that include a 10% Target discount and competitive wages that include starting pay at $15.75 an hour. Heading to target.com is the first step in applying for any of the positions, she said.

“We want people from the community to become part of the Target ‘ohana. We’re making it easy for people to apply,” Facuri said. “We have all shifts available, including open, regular, seasonal, and the new, on-demand sifts. People who act quickly are able to work up to 40 hours a week.”

On-demand shifts require that applicants be qualified for Target employment but are able to schedule their own shifts. On-demand employees also get employee discounts.

The normal process is for applicants to fill out the forms at target.com/careers. A “hiring” flier also lists 808-482-0084 as the phone number to call for more information.

“We’re making it easy for people,” Facuri said. “We have a temporary office located adjacent to Kumu’s Cupboard, and people are able to come in there to fill out an application, or even schedule an interview.”

Additionally, Facuri said Target Lihu‘e, scheduled to open in the fall, is seeking local vendors to supply some of the store’s needs.

David Sosner, Kukui Grove Center general manager, and Josh Pajela, the Kukui Grove operations manager, confirmed the store’s progress toward opening while touring the Kukui Grove Marketplace on Wednesday.

According to the U.S. Federal Reserve, the unemployment rate for Kaua‘i in May of 2021 was at 11.30% after reaching a record-high 32% in April of 2020, and a record low of 1.6% in October of 2017.

“Construction is progressing nicely,” Sosner said. “They’re getting close.”

Kukui Grove is also offering a variety of employment opportunities in anticipation of extending its COVID-19-shortened operating hours.

“Our kukuigrovecenter.com website has a little-used or known ‘jobs’ tab that we’ve been able to turn into a virtual job fair,” said Melissa McFerrin-Warrack, the center’s specialty leasing and marketing manager.

“We have posted all of the employment opportunities from all of the shopping center’s tenants, and will also have the links to the Target and Ross Dress for Less opportunities. It’s a virtual job fair with everything in one place so people can do one-stop shopping for employment opportunities.”

13 Comments
  1. There ya go July 15, 2021 6:54 am Reply

    You’ll be able to make just enough to barely survive. You won’t qualify for low income housing, and will
    Spend the majority of your money on rent snd food with no ability to acquire a savings.


  2. CommonSenseish July 15, 2021 7:16 am Reply

    Good luck getting and keeping workers…. many places on this island have modified hours because no one wants to work.


  3. I saw a Vampire once July 15, 2021 9:12 am Reply

    Easy come, easy go. How much are they willing to pay their employees? I am guessing $10.50 minimum wage but this comes with some full time benefits. And there is a catch. Has to be full time. Meaning the hiring is full time.


    1. CommonSenseish July 15, 2021 2:52 pm Reply

      If you actually read the article, it says it in there.


    2. How Can You see a vampire if you're blind July 15, 2021 3:22 pm Reply

      Maybe read the article?
      Pretty clearly says starting pay is $15.75 an hour.


  4. Hi July 15, 2021 10:21 am Reply

    Each employee will need 3-5 of those positons to reach a livable wage. More corporations on kauai isnt helping anyone besides the corporation.


    1. I saw Vampire once July 15, 2021 4:59 pm Reply

      I am for the person working. Make to bring this up to Levana. I don’t think the county government can do anything. Their pay cannot cover this. The family pay. It is on lower or at best equal Hanalei grounds. Income status is the same. Maybe less. How can a county council then hold important meetings? They cannot.

      For Levana. Also for someone else. I don’t know who he is or she is. But ask her. She knows what I mean.


  5. Ohana July 15, 2021 10:44 am Reply

    Love that Target is coming, but where will employees live on that salery when one bedroom (usually illegal) apartment rental is $2800 a month? If even to be found. Since all housing went to “investors”, not living here nor paying income tax here.


  6. Jkh July 16, 2021 1:26 am Reply

    Typical response from our locals. Negativity abounds. Everyone should be thrilled that target is here and providing good jobs at over 15dollars per hour.

    Locals will complain about everything!! You are all miserable.


  7. Erin Gemini July 16, 2021 2:19 am Reply

    At 15.75 with 40hr weeks that’s $630.00 per wk=$2520 per month. Most mortgages run about $1,500-2,000+ per month and that’s on a home that’s $200,000 ( We have homes in Hawaii starting at $600,000, so people on Kauai would be paying rent instead, which will start at $1500 mo, unless you rent a tiny room, then, MAYBE you will pay $800 a month. So, after you’re done paying your rent, car payment, car insurance, electric, Cable,groceries 😳 Gas, Car Gas, Visa Bill, etc.etc, there’s basically zero leftover. I think, if TARGET wants to Target Kauai’s residents to work for them, they need to do a study of the unique cost of living that Kauai/ Hawaii residents have to deal with, its so very much more than their mainland employees have to payy


    1. I saw a Vampire once July 17, 2021 11:38 am Reply

      They will not get that much hours. Cut it by 1/2. Few days off. And you have the correct schedule. Part time pay.


  8. Doug July 17, 2021 8:02 am Reply

    I love some of the comments here, “pay them more than the $15.75 per hour for a living wage” (with benefits and taxes by the way the wage works out to much more than $15.75 per hour). You would be the first ones to then gripe about the high prices that Target had to charge to support paying more than $15.75 per hour!!!


  9. Askoto808 July 20, 2021 11:55 am Reply

    You got to love the response. $15+ an hour for a job that takes 0 skills to perform but people in Hawaii thinks that target should pay these 0 skilled employees 150k a year. Why? Because reasons. Typical Hawaii.


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