Eleele School’s tree wins

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    From left, Michelle Valenciano and Jeanett Martins of King Kaumualii Elementary School, and Joe Hicks and Kris Serizawa of Kalaheo School receive their portions of funds derived from Christmas tree voting, from Enoch A‘ana of the Kauai Marriott Resort & Beach Club Friday afternoon in the resort’s lobby.

NAWILIWILI — What? You didn’t vote?

Enoch A‘ana of the Kauai Marriott Resort and Beach Club said you’ll have to wait until the next year’s crop of specially decorated Christmas trees to vote. Proceeds from the contest benefit different schools.

“We need to get more people to come by and cast their ballots for the trees,” A‘ana said Friday when he distributed nearly $2,000 to the seven participating schools.

“This is the third year the Kauai Marriott has done this, and the guests love seeing the different trees decorated by the students from the different schools. I just got back from Maui where Bill Countryman, being the manager when the first trees were set up three years ago, adopted this program for Maui.”

A‘ana said this year’s proceeds were derived primarily from resort guests.

“We want our residents to participate, too,” A‘ana said. “We had several large functions during the holidays, and it would have been nice to have them stroll by the trees and cast their ballots to benefit the schools. This is a nice way for everyone to enjoy the holiday decorations we set out as well as demonstrate their pride for the students and their schools.”

Top vote getter went to the students at Eleele Elementary School followed by students from Elsie Wilcox Elementary School. King Kaumualii Elementary School rounded out the leading vote getters.

All the student creations were returned after being neatly packaged by A‘ana’s crew.

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