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Hyatt lights 20-foot Christmas tree

THE Hyatt Regency Saipan officially welcomed the holiday season with eight-year-old Kei’Ani Hofschneider, a Make A Wish foundation recipient, lighting the Christmas tree in the hotel lobby on Friday.

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Hopwood Middle School’s Dance and Music Group sing a Christmas carol near the tree in the Hyatt lobby. Hyatt Regency Saipan financial department director Yosh Gabaldon
The Refaluwasch Warrior dancers pose near the decorated canoe in the the Hyatt Regency Saipan lobby. Kei’ani Hofschneider, a Make-A-Wish Foundation recipient, helped light the 20-foot Christmas tree in the Hyatt lobby on Friday.  Photos by Lori Lyn C. Lirio
According to Yosh Gabaldon, Hyatt Regency Saipan financial department director, they have been conducting the tree-lighting ceremony for 37 years.

He said they have a new Christmas tree this year, replacing the one they had been using for more than 30 years.

The Refaluwasch Warrior dancers and Hopwood Middle School’s Dance and Music Group provided entertainment for the crowd, most of whom were tourists.

Aside from the 20-foot tree, which will be in the lobby until Jan. 8, 2018, the hotel also showcased a canoe decorated with Christmas ornaments.

“We wanted to show a traditional item from the island. What better item than a canoe. It is very popular right now. You see the outrigger. You see the Okeanos Marianas,” he said, adding that the hotel can identify with the canoe and the voyages it is capable of.

“We are linking it to what we are doing in Saipan. The hotel is like a canoe,” he said, adding that the Hyatt has been part of the community for 37 years.

Gabaldon said they started planning the theme and Christian decoration for the hotel lobby in October.

“We also recycle things and we always try to introduce something new. It takes a couple of months to execute our plan. All the different departments contributed to it,” he said.