Career Ready To Wear – Glam Spotlight

Career Ready look: Forever 21 ruffle jacket, Banana Republic skirt, Nine West heels, authentic Coach mini travel tote

Your clothing reflects your attitude, it is yet another form of communication.  Your attire speaks volumes.  It’s not about how much you spend on an outfit, but the thought (or lack of thought) that goes behind it.  First impressions are critical, especially in a job-interview setting.

Goodwill Industries of Hawaii empowers people to become job-ready through a number of Human Service programs.  Goodwill’s mission is helping people with employment barriers to reach their full potential and become self-sufficient.  After becoming job-ready through skill building and education, Goodwill’s retail stores is a great resource for people who are looking for an interview worthy outfit from H2T = head to toe.

Rosemy Shikiko is a fine example of someone who is on the road to becoming job-ready as a result of a Goodwill – she’s part of the Ola I Ka Hana program.  This program provides out-of-school youth-at-risk ages 14 to 21 with education, training and employment services necessary to increase educational skills, social skills, life skills, vocational skills, social responsibility, health competencies, and basic math and reading skills.  Youth program participants learn healthy, productive behaviors which help their transition to adulthood.  Youth are also able to further their educational goals and obtain a high school diploma.  The Dress For Success program has provided valuable services for a number of Goodwill’s participants, helping them with professional dress attire.

Hawai News Now will be featuring a Goodwill Spotlight segment on the Sunrise morning show from March – August 2012.  This month’s segment featured Misti Pali, Assistant Director of Employment Services who talked about the VITA Tax Clinic (Volunteer Income Tax Assistant) that offers free tax preparation services for individuals and families making under 50K annually.  Rosemy was featured as a VITA Tax Clinic volunteer and Career Ready make-over recipient.  GLAM! Squad member and fashion expert, Rene Rodriguez did Rosemy’s hair, make-up and styling for the segment and helped to create the compelling before and after make-over for the segment.  Her entire look and the ensemble on the mannequin came from the Goodwill store in Kaimuki and can be found at this summer’s monumental event - Bank of Hawaii presents Goodwill Goes GLAM!

A before and after transformation on Hawaii News Now

Be sure to tune-in to Hawaii News Now and watch the Goodwill Spotlight each month on Sunrise in the mornings.


Employment Opportunitites – Marshallese Community

Keri Russell - Director of Kauai County Operations at Goodwill Industries of Hawaii

Meet Keri Russell – she began employment with Goodwill Industries of Hawaii in June of 2005 with the SEE Hawaii Work Program and currently oversees six programs that services the low-income and non-citizen population in Kauai County. Read the rest of her bio in the Writers Block section.  Here’s Keri’s blog contribution:

It can be extremely challenging to find employment, especially for the immigrant population due to language barriers. In July, 2011 Goodwill established a new immigrant program on Kauai which is a free service that helps low-income individuals to develop the right skills and training to find and secure employment and acquire the tools and assistance to become self-sufficient.  Participants work closely with a multi-lingual Employment Counselor in individual or group classroom settings which cover topics that include resume writing, interviewing skills, job search strategies, and employment stability.

Follow-up and support services are provided for one year following the hire date. Employment Counselors provide community referrals for resources and emergency services for food, bus passes, work attire, affordable housing, and utilities assistance. We are excited to offer this new employment program on Kauai!!


Joann Lojan and family

Nowadays, Joann Lojan is very happy that she finally has a job that she really enjoys which provides support for their family of seven.  Joann migrated to Kauai from the Marshall Islands in April, 2003. She was able to work a few jobs in previous years; however, she was unable to maintain them due to the language barriers and the fact that she was shy and could not speak up for herself.  Joann came to the Imi Loa Program because she needed assistance to boost her confidence and interviewing skills. After completing her Individualized Program Plan and Pre-Employment Training, Joann said she had learned about the employment process and how important it is to secure a job.

Resumes, cover letters, personal portfolios, and professionalism are all topics which were covered. Joann was more confident and prepared for her interview with the Parrish Collection, in which she secured a full-time housekeeping position.  She appreciates the staff, program and what they do to help people get jobs.  Joann said the program staff has given her skills and abilities in the employment process and mostly, motivation and confidence. With all her kids attending school and not worrying about finances, she is happy and has successfully built her self-esteem and confidence, because she has gained the skills to help support her family.


Jeff Jacklick

Aloha!  Yokwe!  Ran Annim! Lenwo! Konichiwa!My name is Jeffery Jim Jacklick, I usually go by Jeff. I am Kosraean and Marshallese.

In 1998, right after graduating from high school, I joined the U.S. Military. I reminisced about my time in the U.S. Military as a great adventure and a swift learning experience. In 2002, I finally realized that I would not be able to make a career in the Military. I decided to go back to school to pursue education. I attended College of the Marshall Islands during the summer 2003 to spring 2005. In 2005, I moved to Hawaii to attend the University of Hawaii at Hilo.

As a psychology major, spending time with Marshallese families helped me to discover ways to help the Marshallese Community. I have always wanted to be a counselor. In 2008, I moved to Kauai where I found the smallest Micronesian (Marshallese) population in Hawaii. Working my way up the ladder, I became the President for the Marshallese Community here on the beautiful Garden Island of Kauai. I am a young leader, and a representative for the Marshallese community. In November, I joined Goodwill Industries of Hawaii team in a position where I am able to help a lot of people, especially the Marshallese population.

As a Job Readiness Trainer and an Employment Counselor, I assist clients in obtaining employment and to become self-sufficient. I am very happy in this position, as I am able to help members within the community.

I have been given talents, abilities, and strength of mind to help others.

~Jeff Jacklick, Job Readiness Trainer/Employment Counselor


*Goodwill’s mission is helping people with employment barriers to reach their full poential and become self sufficient.  To learn more about Goodwill’s Imi Loa and other programs, go to There are many ways that you can get involved, shop, donate, volunteeer, refer a friend, and subscribe to our e-newsletter, facebook, twitter and this Goodwill Hunter blog.

Call For Talent – Prepping For Goodwill Goes GLAM

Anya Rozova - America's Next Top Model Cycle 10

Anya Rozova is a long-time supporter of Goodwill Industries of Hawaii.  You might have seen her on America’s Next Top Model – Cycle 10.  She purchased her entire look (blouse, skirt and heels) at the Beretania Goodwill store in Honolulu. (photo by Mark Ramelb)

Goodwill’s  Call For Talent volunteer recruitment was held at Ward Warehouse on Saturday, February 25, 2012 in support of the August event – Bank of Hawaii presents Goodwill Goes GLAM!

More than a dozen leaders in the Public Relations, Media, Fashion, Retail, Marketing and Beauty industries came together for a Good cause. Affectionately called the A-Team GLAM! Squad members – they led the way, interviewing and guiding prospective Glam! Squad volunteers.

This talent and recruitment event played a vital role in rallying volunteers for manpower and pre-event preparation for Goodwill Goes GLAM! in August.  The Call For Talent is still running.  To register, go to and click the Volunteer or Intern tab.  Individuals and groups are encouraged to register.  This is a great way to gain experience, helping to further a Good cause.  Goodwill’s mission is helping people with employment barriers to reach their full potential and become self-sufficient.

Getting the word out about this unique Call For Talent was critical. This helped continue momentum past the recruitment event. Although 89 people registered to volunteer during the event-week in support of the GLAM! event, volunteer registrations keep coming in. Now Goodwill has over 100 registered  volunteers. Twenty two Ward merchants participated with offers for Kamaaina Rewards members. Ward also offered movie tickets to shoppers with $76 or more in receipts.

Rhonee Rojas from Wilhelmina Hawaii walks for the A-Team in hopes for a spot in the Goodwill Goes GLAM! fashion show in August. (photo by Mark Ramelb)

Many came together to make this event possible: Bank of Hawaii, Ward Centers, Hawaii Pacific Entertainment, Hawaii Fashion Incubator, 76 and Kamaaina Rewards, McNeil Wilson Communications, the A-Team interviewers and GLAM Squad volunteers. Goodwill also appreciates the great coverage they received from Hawaii News Now, MidWeek, the Honolulu Star Advertiser, the Honolulu Weekly, and KDNI radio.

The A-Team interviewers motivated prospective volunteers throughout the day.  The A-Team included Megan Anderson Garvey (Marketing Manager from Nordstrom Hawaii), Paula Rath (, Anya Rozova (Cycle 10 – America’s Next Top Model), Cheryl Witbeck (TV Station General Manager  at TBN), Rene Rodriguez(Runway coach and make-up artist), Craig Kojima (Honolulu Star Advertiser Photographer), Mark Ramelb (Fashion Photographer), Dayna Kalakau (Model & Fashion Show Producer), Robert Gibson (Professional Visual Merchandiser), Shawn Torres Akiyama (Model & Make-up Artist), Brianna Acosta (Professional Model) and Luana Alapa (former Miss Hawaii and Pageant Director). Zee Rabago-Iwabuchi (Radio Personality), Moani Hara (Miss Kahala) and Serena Karnagy (Miss East Oahu) were also part of the A-Team on that day.

Serena Karnagy, Brianna Acosta and Moani Hara show their support for a Good cause – Goodwill’s Call For Talent. (photo by Mark Ramelb)

President/CEO  of Goodwill Industries of Hawaii, Laura Robertson Smith commented on the Call For Talent and stated: “It is clear that there are many talented people out there with a heart for Goodwill. To learn more about Goodwill Goes GLAM! and volunteer opportunities for you or your friends, visit our website –”

Glam Spotlight – History of the Prom

Purple Splendor – animal print inspired gown and the complimentary mixed animal print cocktail dress – located in the GLAM! window at the Kaimuki store. These prom season inspired dresses will be available in August, at Goodwill Goes GLAM!

It’s that time of year, the time to shop for Prom dresses.  Who can forget that one special night when girls get to express their personal style in movie-star worthy gowns.  Guys look forward to the stretch limo, the stretched curfew and live bands,  although some are reluctant to rent a tuxedo.

Proms emerged from the popularity of high society, upper-class debutante balls.  Girls in white dresses, perfect hair and white gloves would be introduced to the social dating scene.

Claire Suddath of Time Magazine US (website) states: “The word prom is short for promenade, the formal, introductory parading of guests at a party. The prom can be traced back to the simple co-ed banquets that 19th century American universities held for each year’s graduating class. A growing teenage culture pushed proms younger and younger, and by the 1940s the adolescent dance we know today had almost entirely taken hold.

In the 1950s, a thriving postwar economy allowed high schools to eschew the traditional gymnasium in favor of proms held in hotels or at country clubs. President Kennedy rescheduled a 1963 $1,000-a-plate fundraiser at the Beverly Hilton to accommodate a local school whose prom had been booked for the same time.

In 1975, President Ford’s daughter Susan held her high school’s senior prom at possibly the best prom location ever: the White House.”,9171,1987594,00.html

Prom worthy items found at Goodwill. These items will be available at Goodwill Goes GLAM! in August.



When you’re shopping for a Prom dress on a budget, a Good resource is Goodwill.  Go to your nearest Goodwill retail store and check out the gowns section.  When you purchase your dress or any item from Goodwill, more than 90 cents of every dollar goes to furthering the mission of – Helping people with employment barriers to reach their full potential and become self sufficient.  The Prom dresses featured in this write-up will be  available at Goodwill Goes GLAM! in August.

Easing the Crunch of Tax Season

Carol Taira - Goodwill Hunter blog contributor

Carol Taira – Vice president of Finance/CFO at       Goodwill Industries of Hawaii 

Meet Carol Taira.  She is the Vice President of Finance and CFO of Goodwill Industries of Hawaii, Inc. She’s worked at Goodwill for over 13 years.Previously she was a Controller at Tropical Trading Company for 10 years.

Carol has extensive experience in Finance and Retail Management, she operated retail clothing stores, Esprit and Kunah’s. Graduated from University of Hawaii, BBA at accounting.

Here’s her blog contribution:

It is Spring, 2012, and with the spring flowers and showers, comes the dreaded deadline for your income tax returns.  This year, the filing deadline for the federal income tax return is April 17, because April 15 falls on a Sunday and April 16 is the Emancipation Day holiday in theDistrict of Columbia.  So you have 2 extra days to file.

There’s a great program that eases the tax crunch a bit, by getting your taxes done “free” at one of the Goodwill Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) clinics.

If you qualify, (i.e. earned $49,000 or less, do not own your own business and do not own your own home) you can call any one of the many Goodwill sites and make an appointment to get your tax returns done.  The VITA volunteers will prepare and file your tax returns at no cost.  It’s just another program that furthers Goodwill’s mission – helping people with employment barriers to reach their full potential and become self-sufficient.

If they qualify, anyone can take advantage of this service, so tell your friends and family about the VITA clinics.  There are other locations and organizations that sponsor VITA clinics on all islands. I also wanted to remind Goodwill employees of this great benefit for them, getting their taxes done “free” at one of the Goodwill Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) clinics.

Many Goodwill employees also volunteer their time as certified tax preparers and greeters.  I am a volunteer tax preparer at the Goodwill – Kapolei site on Saturdays.

It is a wonderful feeling to help people file their returns and, in some cases, see them get a large tax refund.


VITA Tax Clinic Sites:


Goodwill Industries of Hawaii – Beretania

1072 Young St., Rm. 102

Honolulu, HI 96814

Phone: (808) 436-9947

January 26, 2012 – April 10, 2012

Tuesdays and Thursdays: 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Ohana Career and Ohana Career and Learning Center of Kapolei

2140 Lauwiliwili St.

Kapolei, HI 96707

Phone: (808) 436-9948

February 4, 2012 – April 7, 2012

Tuesdays: 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Hawaii Island:

Goodwill Industries of Hawaii Career Center – Hilo

200 Kanoelehua Ave., Suite 102

Hilo, HI 96720

Phone: (808) 345-1656

February 2, 2012 – April 5, 2012

Thursdays: 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Goodwill Industries of Hawaii – Kona

74-5599 Luhia St., F-4

Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

Phone (808) 430-0608

February 2, 2012 – April 5, 2012

Thursdays: 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.


Goodwill Industries of Hawaii – Maui

250 Alamaha St., Suite N17

Kahului, HI 96732

Phone: (808) 281-4802

February 6, 2012 – April 6, 2012

Mondays: 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.


Goodwill Industries of Hawaii – Kauai

4334 Rice St., Suite 205

Lihue, HI 96766

Phone: (808) 482-4326

February 1, 2012 – April 7, 2012

Wednesdays: 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.