Teacher Appreciation Luncheon
Hawaiian Theme! Aloha and Mahalo!
Cowabunga! Imagine going to work one day to find your workplace transformed into a tropical island paradise. Imagine stepping out of your office (or classroom) and onto an island in the balmy blue South Pacific…for lunch!
The surf is exhilarating, the tropical fare is heavenly, and the hospitality could not be more gracious. We are enchanted by the Polynesian atmosphere complete with an island-theme tablescape, beach chairs, sand, surf boards, wetsuits, orchids & hibiscus, island music and Elvis’ Blue Hawaii on the big screen.
Each year the generous, creative parents of children at Rolling Hills Country Day School transform our auditorium into a delightful oasis in the middle of the workday. This year’s Aloha Theme was especially enjoyable and refreshing as an ocean breeze.
The parents chose the shaka sign (extending the thumb and smallest finger while holding the three middle fingers curled) as the logo for this event. Its meaning conveys Aloha Spirit – capturing friendship, camaraderie and gratitude, the laid-back, fun-loving, and especially hang-loose nature of the Hawaiian culture.
Aloha & Mahalo Invitation
Faculty & Staff Appreciation Luncheon
Please wear your favorite Hawaiian shirt and join us as we show our appreciation for the knowledge and care you give our children every day.
Kudos to Akan for perfectly capturing the Aloha Spirit
out by the Country Day pool!
Strawberry & Farro Salad
Teriyaki Chicken Skewers
Teriyaki Steak Skewers
Fried Rice with Portuguese Sausage
Steamed White Rice
Spicy Tuna Rolls
Teacher Appreciation Week
In 1953, Eleanor Roosevelt persuaded Congress to set aside a day to recognize educators. The National Education Association describes National Teacher Day as “a day of honoring teachers and recognizing the lasting contributions they make to our lives.” In 1984, the National PTA designated one week in May (now celebrated on the first full week of May) to honor those educating our children.
POG (passion-orange-guava) served in coconut shell cups!
Head in the Hole Photo Booth
Blue Hawaii on the Big Screen
Spring Strawberry & Farro Salad by Baran’s 2239
A big mahalo to the Baran Family for their generous donation of this delicious Spring Strawberry & Farro Salad!
Baran’s 2239 Spring Strawberry & Farro Salad
English Peas, Asparagus, Burrata
Our colleague Jon Baran and friends at Baran’s 2239 Restaurant in Hermosa Beach kindly donated the salad course, an absolutely delightful Strawberry & Farro Salad, the epitome of springtime in a bowl. Chef Tyler Gugliotta shares his recipe here on Taste With The Eyes. Mahalo Chef!
Polaroid Photo Souvenirs
Dessert – Assorted Small Bites
- coconut with mango filling
- lemon raspberry
As if the luncheon were not enough, all attendees left with a tote bag stuffed with some really awesome gifts.
- customized beach tote – kindly donated by the Hartigan family
- customized RHCDS “Hang Loose” cap
- assorted colors of Turkish beach blankets
- salty hair don’t care – hair cut or blow dry by Salon Lucid/Redondo Beach
- free VANS – custom-made footwear with the design of your choice
Extending my personal Aloha & Mahalo to Big Kahunas Sarah & Karla, and to all the generous parents of the students at Country Day School. What an amazingly relaxing and delicious luncheon! We felt like we traveled a thousand miles…simply by walking across the parking lot. The faculty and staff of RHCDS could not be more appreciative. It was awesome to Hang Loose with you!
Surf’s Up! Gotta Go!
Catch a Wave, Hang 10, and don’t Wipe-Out!
Links to Previous Years Teacher Appreciation Luncheons
Need More Hawaii?
Try my super-popular, most-pinned, easy Hawaiian Appetizer. Only three ingredients…fresh pineapple, bacon, and brown sugar! Serve with Hawaiian BBQ sauce as a dip.
Bacon Wrapped Pineapple Appetizer, Hawaiian BBQ Sauce