Lei prize goes to Hanalei Canoe Club

POIPU — Suzette Hau‘oli Smith Gurtler won a lei contest, and the Hanalei Canoe Club earned $3,171.53.

Smith Gurtler of Anahola was on hand Tuesday afternoon to accept the check for the Hanalei Canoe Club from the Sheraton Kauai Resort, home of the Table 53 located inside the RumFire Poipu Beach restaurant.

The Anahola lei maker submitted two entries into the inaugural lei contest hosted by the Sheraton Kauai celebrating May Day, said June Cappiello, the Sheraton Kauai public relations officer.

One of the prizes for the winning lei was a nonprofit of the winner’s choice, in this case, the Hanalei Canoe Club, would be the recipient of the July, 2016 net proceeds from food and beverage during dinner service from Table 53 in the RumFire Poipu Beach restaurant.

Cappiello said Supporting the Language of Kauai, Inc. is the September beneficiary for the Table 53 program, the proceeds directly benefiting the Kawaikini New Century Public Charter School.

Since the inception of the Table 53 program in October, 2012, the program has raised more than $150,000 for causes to benefit the Kauai community.

Sheraton Kauai announced that the October beneficiary will be the Alakai o Kauai Charter School.

In addition to launching the fourth anniversary of the program, Cappiello said guests at the Sheraton Kauai Resort will have an opportunity to vote between six nonprofit organizations to become the recipient of the November Table 53 program. Voting takes place Oct. 1 through 22.

Those organizations include the Kauai Animal Welfare Society, the Kauai Economic Opportunity, the Kauai Habitat for Humanity, the Koloa Elementary School PTSA, Make A Wish Foundation Hawaii, and The Salvation Army-Kauai.

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