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PO’IPU — Managers at the Hyatt Regency Kaua’i Resort & Spa will see their
shadows, and the future of their chosen career fields, this Wednesday, Feb. 2,
with the property joins 110 other Hyatt hotels as well as other corporations
and communities nationwide in participating in the Third Annual National
Groundhog Job Shadow Day.
Students from Kaua’i High School’s Academy of
Travel & Tourism will shadow managers in key departments here, such as
front desk, housekeeping, culinary, and Concierge of Kaua’i, as they go through
a typical workday.
In addition, over 30 children ranging in age from 10 to
15 will participate by shadowing their parents in their respective
The program, sponsored by Junior Achievement, the American
Society of Association Executives, School to Work and America’s Promise, allows
students to get an up-close look at how the skills they learn in school are put
into action in the workplace.
Wednesday is Groundhog Day, the day Mainland
people focus on Punxatawny Phil, hoping the Pennsylvania groundhog will see his
shadow and predict a quick end to winter’s record cold there.
70-something-degree weather here, students will begin their “work day” with a
welcome reception, followed by an overall property tour. Then it is off to work
in their particular departments.
After lunch in the employee cafeteria,
students end their work days with a discussion of their experiences at the
The Hyatt Regency Kaua’i Resort & Spa decided to become
involved in this program because it helps show today’s youth the value of hard
work, said Jerry Gibson, resort general manager.
“This is a great chance
for students to experience all that goes on in a hotel behind the scenes, and
get a taste of the opportunities in the hospitality industry,” he
Also, they’ll see how the island’s largest hotel (602 rooms) and one
of the island’s largest employers keeps things running smoothly during one of
Kaua’i’s busiest months of the year in terms of visitor arrivals.
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