Hire a hero: Harry Kahea III

Harry Kahea III
Harry Kahea III

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Harry Kahea III says he's been a mechanic all his life - from "small kid times". He can remember fixing his neighbors' lawnmowers growing up in Kahuku.

Now, the 48 year old Army veteran hopes someone can help him find a full-time job. Kahea is Tuesday's "Hire a Hero".

Kahea is looking towards his golden years. He'd like a stable job that will take him into retirement. "My dream job would be to work in a plant," he says.

He flips through files full of commendations from his dozen years in the Army working as a helicopter mechanic. "My expertise is mainly being a machinist, mechanic, mill right, pipe fitter, electrician, and welder."

The Hauula resident served four combat tours in Iraq during Desert Storm, Panama, Grenada, and Honduras. He's proud to have served his country and says going to war made him reevaluate his priorities. "You respect life. You're giving. It makes you think more."

Kahea has worked both full-time jobs and contract work since leaving the military in 1992. He started searching for another full-time job about four months ago. "You know, as time's going, there's not too much work out there and you know, it's hard to find jobs."

Kahea loves anything to do with engines and turbines but says he's open to learning new skills. He also has other attributes to offer. "I'm dependable. I'm on time. I'm never late. If I have any problems, I will bring it to you. I won't wait for somebody else to tell you what the problem is."

If you can help Harry Kahea III or any of our veterans find employment, contact Susan Lim at the state's Workforce office at Susan.L.Lim@hawaii.gov or call (808) 586-8740.

Veterans looking for work will have an opportunity to chat with potential employers tomorrow, January 18th, at the Blaisdell. The Jobquest "Hire Our Heroes" job fair will feature 125 to 150 employers. It runs from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Honolulu mayor Peter Carlisle has also proclaimed January 18th as "Hire Our Heroes Day".