WAIPOULI — Sheraton Kaua‘i Coconut Beach General Manager Chris Machorek was overjoyed to see the resort’s associates again Tuesday.
“How’re you doing?” he greeted each car that wheeled into the hotel’s front entrance, adding gestures of joy. “See you again soon.”
His personal greeting to the more than 150 associates who were laid off following the closure of the resort as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic extended beyond the personal greeting, as he joined the volunteer effort of the hotel’s executive team and managers, the East Kaua‘i Lions Club and the Zonta Club of Kaua‘i to provide a hot, nutritious meal and a food package for each of the affected associates.
Lion Roy Nishida of the EK Lions pulled out a $6,000 award to Kelvin Moniz, Kaua‘i Independent Food Bank executive director, prior to the group’s starting to pack the food packages that included hamburger from a local rancher, milk, eggs, and an assortment of nonperishable food, including pasta and soups.
“This is a collection from the East Kaua‘i Lions Club,” Nishida said. “Our contribution was matched by the bigger Lion Club for the $6,000 total.”