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Disney ramping up hiring for Ko Olina resort

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    Artist Denise Pennizzotto is painting the ceiling at the entrance of the Disney''s Aulani Resort at Ko Olina. Disney plans to hire 800 people before the resort opens on Aug. 29.

Walt Disney Co. says it is ramping up hiring for its planned resort at Ko Olina and hopes to fill the bulk of the 800 positions in the next six weeks in preparation for the Aug. 29 opening.

All of the major construction has been completed and crews are doing finish work on the 21-acre Aulani Resort that will have 359 hotel rooms and 481 time-share units.

Disney has hired about 100 employees so far, many in managerial positions, said Djuan Rivers, vice president of Disney Vacation Club and Resort, Hawaii.

Disney recruiters will be at the upcoming WorkForce 2011 Job & Career Fair May 18 at the Blaisdell Center to meet with prospective employees.  Those interested in applying for jobs are asked to fill out an online application at

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