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Mākena Resort Donates Keiki Gifts to Maui Child & Family Service

December 21, 2015, 8:20 AM HST
* Updated December 21, 4:09 PM
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Mākena Beach & Golf Resort employees present over 160 donated gifts to this year. Right to Left: Rie Takahashi, Amado Vallesteros, Kathleen Collins, Kiyoshi Terada, Joyce Natividad (Program Secretary, Child & Family Service, Maui), Roy Butteling, Kip Larson, Brittany Gamit, Jeannine Fliear, Jonah Aruda. Photo Credit: Mākena Beach & Golf Resort

Mākena Beach & Golf Resort employees present over 160 donated gifts to this year. Right to Left: Rie Takahashi, Amado Vallesteros, Kathleen Collins, Kiyoshi Terada, Joyce Natividad (Program Secretary, Child & Family Service, Maui), Roy Butteling, Kip Larson, Brittany Gamit, Jeannine Fliear, Jonah Aruda. Photo Credit: Mākena Beach & Golf Resort

The Mākena Beach & Golf Resort has partnered again with the Maui Chapter of Child & Family Service to donate holiday gifts to children from low income families and Hawaiʻi’s foster care programs.

On Monday Dec. 21, 2015, employees from Mākena Beach & Golf Resort presented more than 160 keiki gifts to the nonprofit’s program secretary and representative Joyce Natividad.

“Each year our resort places a giving tree within our resort lobby and in the employee cafeteria, each tree has tags with the names and interests of a child in need, this year the resort’s employees, guests and other community members have donated over 160 gifts, a 30% increase in donations from the year previous,” said Kathleen Collins Human Resources Director, Mākena Beach & Golf Resort.  “It’s a wonderful tradition and partnership that we are proud to continue each year,” said Collins.

Joyce Natividad, Program Secretary for Maui Child & Family Services receives the annual donation of gifts by the Mākena Beach & Golf Resort from Kiyoshi Terada (right), sales & marketing coordinator at Mākena Beach & Golf Resort.

Joyce Natividad, Program Secretary for Maui Child & Family Services receives the annual donation of gifts by the Mākena Beach & Golf Resort from Kiyoshi Terada (right), sales & marketing coordinator at Mākena Beach & Golf Resort.

The gifts were collected by representatives with Maui Child & Family Service prior to the Christmas holiday for delivery to the kids on Christmas Eve.

“Each year we receive more and more donations from the Mākena team.  It is so wonderful to see all the donated gifts proudly on display when we drive up to Mākena each year,” said Natividad.

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Program representatives say Maui Child & Family Service is Hawaiʻi’s oldest and most comprehensive non-profit human services organization dedicated to the betterment of Hawaiʻi’s children and families.

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The holiday toy drive partnership has been going on for at least 13 years.

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