Plumeria tree planting puts ‘something back into the earth’

PO‘IPU — If Chip Bahout has his way, the short rededication ceremony, Monday, will become an annual event for the Sheraton Kaua‘i.

Bahout, the general manager for the Sheraton Kaua‘i, said the rededication ceremony is a way of dedicating the renovation work taking place as well as welcoming new people to the Po‘ipu resort.

“It’s a way of putting something back into the earth,” he said. “We’re rededicating ourselves to the visitor industry and the community, which supports us.”

Lady Ipo Kahaunaele-Ferreira, officiant of the brief but poignant ceremony, spoke of the significance of the plumeria tree being planted.

“It’s the first flower lei children learn to make,” she said. “But it’s powerful because the fragrance brings people back to the days when plumeria lei marked May Day celebrations and the fragrance of plumeria is what makes people think of Hawai‘i.”

The ceremony was attended by the Sheraton Kaua‘i department heads and associates as well as guests who happened to be in the vicinity of the resort lobby when the ceremony took place.

Following the blessing, employees were treated to a Hawaiian lu‘au style luncheon complete with live entertainment, appropriately opening with hula dancers adorned in the familiar fragrant white plumeria lei.

• Dennis Fujimoto, photographer and staff writer, can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 253) or dfujimoto@kauaipubco.com.

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