Children go to work at Marriott

NAWILIWILI — There was no stopping the horde of children tromping through the tunnels.

Sixteen of the children of Kaua’i Marriott Resort & Beach Club associates were heading to the resort’s Bake Shop, where they would soon be creating their own pizzas to enjoy for lunch.

“Did anyone warn the associates?” one of the chaper-ones wondered out loud while walking briskly to keep up with the flock of excited children.

“We warned the children about Guy Higa. Did anyone warn Guy Higa about the children?”

But, Chef Higa, no stranger to working with children, did not need any warning, as he lost little time getting the children occupied with kneading and rolling out gobs of dough that would form the crust for their lunchtime pizzas.

That exercise was followed by a quick demonstration of the approximate amount of sauce to use before the children dove into making their selections of toppings.

Take Your Children to Work Day is part of the Marriott International program, said Jolene Ogle, whose son John Ogle was part of the group. Ogle, who works in the resort’s Human Resources office, said this annual day at work with parents helps the children discover the link between what they do in school, and what opportunities lie in the future.

Additionally, the work experience allows the children an opportunity to see firsthand how important their parents’ roles are in the everyday operation of the resort.

To get the children started, a quick, healthy breakfast preceded the project of the day.

This year, the children were treated to a discussion on shear-waters led by Sharon Reilly of the Kaua’i Island Utility Cooperative.

That discussion set the stage for the hands-on project that involved the painting of panels centering around marine life.

The finished panels would be assembled to create two murals that will be installed in the resort’s associates’ cafeteria.

Following lunch, the children visited the departments their parents work in.

Children participating in this year’s experience include Jaerene Medeiros, Henry Rodriguez, Renee Sauceda, John Ogle, Evan Pelara-Costa, Joshua Ponting, Kayecee Cervantes, Takara Carreira, Donnamay Nokial, Ayisha Flores, Jacie Fabro, Kaelin Ariola, Katherine Hulama, Vance Kamibayashi, Adam Chandler and Tori Pezario.

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