Honolulu Police Department, Hawaiian Airlines now hiring

Det. Glen Luecke
Det. Glen Luecke
Kendelle Yamamoto-Moran
Kendelle Yamamoto-Moran

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Thousands of job seekers are hoping to land some highly-coveted positions. The Honolulu Police Department and Hawaiian Airlines are both hiring.

HPD will soon be accepting applications. Aspiring police recruits at an information session on Thursday night learned more about the demanding job.

"The applications, normally we number over 3,000, so quite a few for just a few days," explained Det. Glen Luecke. "It's a long process. It's not easy to get into, but it's a worthwhile career."

Applicants must be at least 20 years old, have a high school diploma or equivalent and be able to carry a firearm. Job seekers will be competing for an unknown number of positions.

"Kind of hard to judge only because of the vacancies that occur, anticipated vacancies, so right now it's just an ongoing recruitment," said Luecke.

Starting pay for a police recruit is $51,240 per year. Applications will be accepted online from February 26 to March 1.

"It's more the qualities we're looking for in people: dependability, resourcefulness, things you'd expect in a quality officer."

For more information on HPD's hiring and information sessions go to: www.joinhonolulupd.org

Hawaiian Airlines also has openings for 175 flight attendants. 5,000 people applied and nearly half of them made the cut for group interviews at the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall.

"Self-starters, high energy. We want people that will be here today as energetic 25 years from now, excited to come to work and just be a part of our company," said in-flight recruiter Kendelle Yamamoto-Moran.

Hawaiian is expanding its service to Japan and South Korea. The New York route starts in June. The company is also planning to increase the frequency of interisland flights.

"We have 4 airbuses coming in this year. 3 more next year, and of course we're opening routes in Fukuoka and JFK so we're expanding and we just need a lot more great employees to work with us," said Yamamoto-Moran.

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