Students enjoy unique venue for fund-raisers

NAWILIWILI — Students from Kaua‘i High School and the Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School teamed up recently to host a successful fund-raiser.

Members of the Kaua‘i High Academy of Hospitality and Tourism combined with the CKMS Project EAST to host a fund-raising dinner event on board the Norwegian Cruise Line’s Pride of Hawai‘i where about 140 guests attended, generating about $10,000 for the school programs.

Among the guests were visitors from the AOHT advisory boards from O‘ahu and Maui as well as Kaua‘i Mayor Bryan Baptiste, members of the Maui and Kaua‘i Economic Development boards, and representation from all sectors of the Kaua‘i visitor industry. Kaua‘i High School Principal Linda Smith and several faculty members also were part of the evening’s festivities.

The Kaua‘i AOHT teachers, Elena Kealoha, Betsy Sakoda and Lane Tokita, led by Leah Aiwohi, the AOHT director, worked with the program’s 56 students to plan, organize and manage the event that was non-alcoholic.

Project EAST students assisted with the production of invitations, tickets and documentation of the event.

“This was a wonderful, hands-on learning event for the students and a very successful fundraiser as well,” said Aiwohi. “We are grateful for all who attended and supported us.”

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