WAIPOULI — The excitement doubled Thursday for Sheraton Kaua‘i Coconut Beach General Manager Chris Machorek during the resort’s food distribution for its employees in Waipouli.
“We’re opening Oct. 15,” Machorek said. “The pool, restaurants and everything. We have the Hawai‘i National Guard staying here, and we offered to open some of the features for them, but the commander said it was mission first.”
Machorek was also excited about seeing the hotels’ employees who have been furloughed since COVID-19 shut down the operation in March.
“Are you ready to come back?” Machorek asked occupants of each car.
“The other employees asked if I could get theirs as well,” said Lissa Fu, who is working at the hotel’s front desk. “We don’t need to go shopping now.”
The distribution was coordinated through the Kaua‘i Independent Food Bank, with its band of volunteers arranging for more than 140 packages, each containing cans of chicken and tuna, a bag of pasta and cookie snacks. Locally-grown sweet potato, cucumber and eggplant, and hamburger, eggs, bread and cereal rounded out the package.
Sheraton Kaua‘i Coconut Beach employees also got a hot Chinese meal consisting of chicken salad, chicken chow mein and char siu chicken whipped up by chef Lucas Sauter.