‘The last hurrah’

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    A victim tries to break out of the alien’s grip while his family readies for the Trunk or Treat event Saturday evening for employees’ families and keiki of the Kaua‘i Shores Hotel in Waipouli.

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    Cleve Zarbaugh works on refining the treat slide Saturday during the Trunk or Treat event for Kaua‘i Shores Hotel employees’ families and keiki in Waipouli.

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    Jennie Waiwaiole-Vega gets a photo of a decorated van’s trunk Saturday during the Kaua‘i Shores Hotel Trunk or Treat event for the hotel’s employees families and keiki in Waipouli.

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    Keiki have fun between the characters, some animated, Saturday during the Trunk or Treat event for the Kaua‘i Shores Hotel’s employees families and keiki in Waipouli.

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    The Kaua‘i Shores Hotel in Waipouli, decorated for the Trunk or Treat event Saturday for the hotel’s employees and families, will reopen Thursday, Nov. 12.

WAIPOULI — With the Kaua‘i Sands Hotel shuttered against the COVID-19, Jennie Waiwaiole-Vega, the hotel’s general manager, thought having an event for Halloween was a good idea.

“We’re reopening on Nov. 12,” Waiwaiole-Vega said. “Lava Lava, the restaurant inside the hotel, is still closed, and there are no ideas on when it will reopen. This get-together is the last hurrah before the employees come back and take care of our visitors.”

The Trunk or Treat event offered families a safe venue to bring the kids around for trick-or-treating, stopping at any of the dozen specially-decorated vehicles set up socially-distanced around the hotel’s turnaround.

Following the tour, families were invited beach-side for watching the moonrise of the only blue moon of this year before adjourning to the central table for a paina.

“Being closed wasn’t so bad,” Waiwaiole-Vega said. “We were able to get several projects done. The last big job was changing out the entry doors to the guest rooms. We still have to clear away the old doors, but that’ll be done by the time we open the doors.”

Previously, the Kaua‘i Shores Hotel had hosted several food distributions for its furloughed employees and their families in partnership with the Kaua‘i Independent Food Bank.

“We have 50 employees,” Waiwaiole-Vega said. “There’re only five of us working right now. I’m happy we can do something for the employees while they wait for us to reopen.”

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Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or dfujimoto@thegardenisland.com.

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