Anaina Hou Community Park hosts 2nd North Shore Career Fair

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    Ben Karon of Anaina Hou Community Park, seated, fields a question from an opportunity seeker on Monday during the Second North Shore Career Fair at the park’s Porter Pavilion in Kilauea.

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    Ivory Lloyd of the Kaua‘i Government Employees Federal Credit Union networks with Scott Lever of HiEmployment on Monday during the Second North Shore Career Fair presented by Anaina Hou Community Park Porter Pavilion in Kilauea.

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    Employment and career opportunity seekers stop to chat with Gary Smith of Mokihana Pest Control, center with hat, and Ryan Fussell and Minji Hwang of the Kaua‘i Army Recruiting Station on Monday during the Second North Shore Career Fair presented by Anaina Hou Community Park at Porter Pavilion in Kilauea.

KILAUEA — Employment opportunities extended beyond the confines of Porter Pavilion and the Second North Shore Career Fair presented by the Anaina Hou Community Park on Monday afternoon in Kilauea.

Many, if not all of the presenting employers, invite prospective employee candidates to look online if they missed the in-person event that attracted a number of employers, including the presenting host Anaina Hou Community Park.

“As a participating employer, Anaina Hou has several opportunities available as the park’s events and programming come back online,” said Jill Lowry, Anaina Hou executive director.

“With demand high for family-friendly activities, and as COVID-19 will again recede, activities such as the playground and mini-golf, the Anaina Hou Saturday farmers’ market, and its sister makers’ market on Tuesday evenings will open up. The Ali Lele Fire Show and future music, theater and art programming make Anaina Hou Community Park an exceptional place to work or visit,” she said.

Other presenters like the Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas offered opportunities beyond the shores of the island. “We have a lot of positions open here,” said Kelsey Via of the Westin Princeville. “But, we have listings from our other properties like The Westin Ka‘anapali and The Westin Nanea Ocean Villas (on Maui) as well. We can accept applications for any of these right here.”

Scott Lever of HiEmployment commented on the quality of the candidates browsing through Porter Pavilion, stopping to chat and get better acquainted with not only the jobs being offered but the employers as well.

“I participated in the (county’s) job fairs last week,” Lever said. “And while the amount of candidates were not what we anticipated, we were able to place nearly all of the people who stopped to place applications. That is important, to be able to place people in the right places for the right fit.”

Other presenters like Patty Ewing of Kong Lung Company were more specific in the type of opportunity that was available.

“I need more than one custodian,” Ewing said. “I need one for the center, and I need one for the store. But, it’s not just an empty-the-trash-can job. I’m spelling out the job description so people don’t think that it’s getting paid for emptying the trash can. It involves a lot more, similar to grounds and building maintenance.”

Some of the other participating employers included the Kaua‘i Fire Department, Holo Holo Charters, Kilauea Market &Cafe, Whalers General Store, Foodland Princeville, Kaua‘i Army Recruiting Station, Kaua‘i Government Employees Federal Credit Union,and Hanalei Bay Resort.

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

1 Comments
  1. Seashell September 2, 2021 4:11 pm Reply

    Maybe there would be a better turn out if you wrote stories about the upcoming job fair as opposed to after the fact.
    Nobody even knew about it.


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