POSTED: 2:01 p.m. HST, Jul 10, 2012
The operator of most Hawaii Burger King and KFC restaurants has joined a program to help its roughly 1,100 employees become homeowners.
Kazi Foods of Hawaii is offering the help through a partnership with Seattle-based HomeStreet Bank and the nonprofit Hawai'i HomeOwnership Center.
The program provides free educational seminars, down payment assistance and savings on loan closing costs of $1,300 to $1,700, the company said.
HomeStreet Bank has enrolled about 50 employers and membership organizations in the program, including about a dozen in Hawaii. Other Hawaii participants include several unions, Aloha Petroleum and The Gas Co.
Kazi Foods is the franchisee of 24 Burger King and 27 KFC restaurants on Oahu, Maui, Kauai and Hawaii Island.