BY KAREN VILLARMIA — Hosts of Wyndham at Waikiki Beach Walk® came together for another successful community service event at Waikiki Elementary School. June 7 and 8 marks the fifth year that the Wyndham ohana have enjoyed serving their community and preserving the environment.
This special annual event allows us to celebrate, honor and practice The Outrigger Way through our Ke Ano Waa values.
This year we planted four puakenikeni plants on the school grounds. These fragrant plants will be a reminder of the relationship that Wyndham has fostered with the community. We also picked up trash in the neighboring Paki Park. Our partnership with Waikiki Elementary School is a wonderful example of Paddle 2: Caring for Each Other and Paddle 3: Caring for our Place.
The fun under the hot sun didn’t stop, as the day just kept getting better! The team heard an inspiring presentation by Corey Campbell of Akamai Training & Consulting, a perfect time to rejuvenate hosts’ minds and bodies for the busy summer months ahead. During the presentation, we were reminded that our Outrigger values relate to our cultural connection of hosting our guests and communicating and connecting with one another.
The camaraderie didn’t end in the classroom; it moved over to Paki Park, where we played a leadership game to build on our listening and communication skills.
The two days with our work ohana were certainly well spent and created wonderful memories while serving our community and brushing up on our hospitality skills.