Sheraton shares Kauai(opoly) with guests

PO‘IPU — Sheraton Kauai Resort General Manager Angela Vento was anxiously awaiting the arrival of the Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School students.

Vento was joined by Surrey Parongao, the resort’s accounting manager.

Parongao’s daughter Taylor, a sixth-grader at CKMS, was expected to be among the group that was visiting the resort, so the pair waited anxiously while Annette Matheny, executive assistant to Vento, went to check on where the students were.

Parongao had tried to raise Taylor on the cell phone, but there was no answer.

Matheny alerted the management team of the CKMS delegation’s arrival, and the Sheraton Kauai crew made their way to the lobby to greet their guests.

Leah Aiwohi, the teacher and advisor for the CKMS technology course, headed up the student team that presented Vento with a complementary game in appreciation for the resort’s support in developing the Kauaiopoly game.

As the students set up a game to allow the Sheraton team a closer look at the details, there was the usual question of “How can we get more?”

Aiwohi explained that the game has been selling rapidly since its recent arrival at the school, but she thought she had a few she could spare for members of the Sheraton family.

Vento told the students that the Sheraton staff would be hosting some significant gatherings in the near future, including visitors from such firms as Yahoo and Hasbro Toys.

“The Kauaiopoly game will be put in the hotel’s game room so our visitors can enjoy not only the game, but learn a little about the island while playing,” Vento said.

Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, may be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 253) or


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