Kenworth Hawaii recently celebrated the grand opening of its 14,500 sq.-ft. full-service dealership in Kailua-Kona. Meanwhile, remodeling on an 11,000 sq.-ft. parts and service location, 75 miles east in Hilo, is expected to be completed soon.
“By opening a Kenworth dealership group based here on the Islands, we can offer a whole new level of service,” said Kevin Balog, dealer principal for Kenworth Hawaii. “With the growing complexity of powertrains, emission controls and diagnostics in trucks, Hawaiian truck owners and fleets need the continuing commitments and support local dealers can best offer with factory training on the PACCAR powertrain and Kenworth TruckTech+ Remote Diagnostics.
“Kenworth Hawaii acquired a longtime truck parts business, which enabled us to keep experienced employees working while maintaining those important relationships they’ve developed over the years with local truck fleets and operators,” Balog added.
The Kailua-Kona dealership, located at 74-567 Honokohau St., offers customers two service bays, a 2,000 sq.-ft. parts display area, and 4,000 sq.-ft. parts warehouse. The dealership is accessible to major routes connecting Kailua-Kona with the rest of the island, and features a customer lounge with Wi-Fi access.
In the past, Hawaiians looking to purchase Kenworth trucks had to go through a stateside dealer.