Erika Engle

Sunday, March 27, 2005

On the job
the longest?
Let us know

TheBuzz column last week about Liz Kunishima's 46-year career at American Savings Bank spurred tips about other Hawaii folks who have been working for the same company even longer -- 62 years, in one case.

So TheBuzz decided to stage a contest to find Hawaii's longest worker -- a person who is and continues to be employed at the same company longer than anyone else at any other company in Hawaii. So here we are.

Government employees must have been with the same agency for the duration of his or her career.

The national nonprofit Experience Works stages an annual search for "America's Oldest Worker," finding "Outstanding Older Workers" in each state along the way. The organization provides training and employment services for mature workers.

Mature workers are not necessarily the longest workers in a company, but Hawaii's longest worker, by definition, would have attained an age in the upper double-digit range. Or is that perhaps an underestimation? Only this contest will tell.

The winner cannot be a founder or owner of the business, but must be an unrelated employee without any significant ownership stake and be willing to be interviewed and photographed for publication.

The prize for your years of labor and your willingness to explain why the heck you haven't retired will be $100 in gift certificates for dining at Ruth's Chris Steak House at Restaurant Row in Honolulu.

To enter, prepare a brief profile, including name, age, place and length of employment, phone number and the best time to be reached, as well as an e-mail address, if any. We will require verification from your employer.

Send your information:

» via mail to Longest Worker Contest, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 500 Ala Moana, No. 7-210, Honolulu, HI 96813;
» via e-mail to longestworker@starbulletin.com or
» via fax to (808) 529-4750.

No phone calls, please.

Entries must be received by April 11. Oh, and to the lady who has worked at a particular retail establishment for 62 years, we're anxiously awaiting your entry.

See the Columnists section for some past articles.

Erika Engle is a reporter with the Star-Bulletin. Call 529-4302, fax 529-4750 or write to Erika Engle, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 500 Ala Moana Blvd., No. 7-210, Honolulu, HI 96813. She can also be reached at: eengle@starbulletin.com

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