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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Release No. M-123-07
MAYOR TO PRESENT HO`OKO AWARDS TO EMPLOYEES AND BUSINESSES
WHERE: The Pineapple Room, Macy’s
WHEN: 5:30 p.m., November 13, 2007
Mayor Mufi Hannemann will honor the recipients of the 2007 Ho’oko Awards, recognizing outstanding employees and businesses that participated in the Oahu WorkLinks’ workforce development program.
Oahu WorkLinks is a consortium of City, State, and private agencies focused on implementing the mandates of the federal Workforce Investment Act in the City and
The awards ceremony will be held Tuesday, November 13, 2007, starting at 5:30 p.m. in the Pineapple Room at Macy’s
Mayor Hannemann said, “I am very pleased to recognize10 individuals who have overcome barriers and, through hard work and commitment, have entered the workforce and improved their own lives, and the lives of their families and the community.
“In addition, four local businesses will be honored for their excellence in training and caring for their new and existing employees, helping them excel in the workplace and in their communities.”
The Oahu WorkLinks consortium was formed in 1999 to provide a unique workforce preparation and employment system designed to meet both the needs of businesses and job seekers or workers who want to further their careers. A one-stop system of seven job centers around
Vanessa Lancaster Ilae (Dislocated Worker Program): Although Vanessa lost her job due to company downsizing, this 22-year-old single parent never let this setback prevent her from attaining her goals. She successfully obtained her AS degree in Accounting at
Lopeka Kelekomo (Adult Program): After receiving her certification in Office Administration & Technology from the
Leanne Lee (Family Self Sufficiency Program): Leanne is a single mother of three children ages 19, 12, and 9. Leanne enrolled in the Family Self Sufficiency program in 2004, and she has managed to increase her income and is on her way to becoming 100 percent self- sufficient. Leanne is currently employed at
Jason Rhee (Veterans Program): Jason, a Marine Corps veteran of the Iraq War, overcame multiple barriers and has achieved many accomplishments since returning from
Penny Nichols (Work Readiness Program): Penny is a single mother of three children. She was referred to the Work Readiness program to assist her and her family with housing. Penny holds a Nevada State Board Certified Nurses Assistant certificate and also attained her CPR certification. Penny enrolled in a Medical Assistant program at
Jessie Freitas (Ho`ala Job Club): Jessie, a young, single mother, has overcome many obstacles in her life. She currently is employed full-time with the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii as a receptionist.
Faavaefou Tia (Ho`ala Job Readiness Workshop): Faavaefou grew up in
Ofelia Pagaragan (National Emergency Grant): Ofelia worked as a Del Monte Fresh Produce worker for 25 years. She attended Certified Nursing Assistant training, and a 150- hour intensive classroom and clinical training at
Jeannie Yingst (Certified Nursing Assistant Grant): Jeannie is a graduate of the "Long Term Care Nurse Aide" training with
Theresa Ani (Youth Program): Theresa is a senior attending
Aloha Petroleum has been a business partner since 2005 and has participated in numerous Oahu WorkLinks’-sponsored job fairs and on-the-job training program. Aloha Petroleum has hired participants from TANF, Food Stamp and Section 8 programs. Aloha Petroleum also invests in the well-being and self-sufficiency of their employees. To date, 26 of the 40 management level employees have been promoted from within.
Palama Holdings has been a household name in
Tanioka’s Seafoods & Catering has been working with Oahu WorkLinks for the past two years, providing their employees with promotional opportunities. Tanioka’s has proven itself as a company where jobseekers obtain long-term employment. Trainees who have gone through the on-the-job training program put themselves through college while working full time at Tanioka’s. Many have returned to work at Tanioka’s after completing their education. This is an example of the level of commitment Tanioka’s has for the health and well-being of their employees.
Waikiki Health Center has been working with Oahu WorkLinks for the past three years, giving their employees promotional opportunities. Six employees have participated in an on-job-training program. Of the six, four are still employed at the
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Rolanse Crisafulli (592-8621)
Jeff Tom (221-4174)
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