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Boys & Girls Club brings Christmas to Courtyard

WAIPOULI — Dorothy Marshall of Canada could not help herself Monday, circling the lobby of the Courtyard by Marriott at Coconut Beach with her eyes glued to the activity taking place.

“This is wonderful,” Marshall said. “It’s so nice to see this work done by the young people.”

Marshall was looking at the decorations that adorned the small Christmas tree located in the lobby and being decorated by Boys & Girls Club, Lihue member Bryden Ka‘auwai, Kody Kobayashi, and Lea Nuesca, the B&G Lihue program director.

“The decorations were done in Arts and Craft class by the younger members of the clubhouse,” Nuesca said. “They spend about two weeks creating ornaments out of Popsicle sticks and cardboard. Some of the staff jumped in to make ornaments, too.”

Kobayashi, noticing there was no tree topper, improvised by creating a crowd of owls fashioned from discarded toilet paper rolls.

Gusman said she contacted the Boys & Girls Club, Lihue for help in decorating the hotel’s lobby after Machorek suggested using some of the local groups to help with the Christmas trees.

“We also have refreshments prepared by Anthony Alisa, the Courtyard’s Food and Beverage director, and since there’re only three of them, they are welcome to take the remainder back to share,” Gusman said. “And, of course, we’re sending a donation check to the Boys & Girls Club for their help.”

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