Teacher Appreciation Luncheon – Hawaiian Theme! Aloha and Mahalo!

Teacher Appreciation Luncheon - Hawaiian Theme! Aloha!

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.

Teacher Appreciation Luncheon - Hawaiian Theme! Aloha & Mahalo!

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.

Teacher Appreciation Luncheon - Hawaiian Theme! Aloha & Mahalo!

Kudos to Akan for perfectly capturing the Aloha Spirit
out by the Country Day pool!

Menu

Teacher Appreciation Luncheon - Hawaiian Theme! Aloha & Mahalo!

Strawberry & Farro Salad

Teriyaki Chicken Skewers

Teriyaki Steak Skewers

Fried Rice with Portuguese Sausage

Steamed White Rice

California Rolls

Spicy Tuna Rolls

Avocado Rolls

Fresh Fruit

Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation Luncheon - Hawaiian Theme! Aloha & Mahalo!

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.

Teacher Appreciation Luncheon - Hawaiian Theme! Aloha!Teacher Appreciation Luncheon - Hawaiian Theme! Aloha & Mahalo!

Island Beverage

Teacher Appreciation Luncheon - Hawaiian Theme! Aloha & Mahalo!

POG (passion-orange-guava) served in coconut shell cups!

Teacher Appreciation Luncheon - Hawaiian Theme! Aloha & Mahalo!

Head in the Hole Photo Booth

Teacher Appreciation Luncheon - Hawaiian Theme! Aloha!

Blue Hawaii on the Big Screen

Teacher Appreciation Luncheon - Hawaiian Theme! Aloha! Teacher Appreciation Luncheon - Hawaiian Theme! Aloha!

Let’s Grind!

Teacher Appreciation Luncheon - Hawaiian Theme! Aloha & Mahalo!

Teacher Appreciation Luncheon - Hawaiian Theme! Aloha & Mahalo!

Teacher Appreciation Luncheon - Hawaiian Theme! Aloha!

Teacher Appreciation Luncheon - Hawaiian Theme! Aloha and Mahalo!

Teacher Appreciation Luncheon - Hawaiian Theme! Aloha & Mahalo!

Teacher Appreciation Luncheon - Hawaiian Theme! Aloha & Mahalo!

Spring Strawberry & Farro Salad by Baran’s 2239

Teacher Appreciation Luncheon - Hawaiian Theme! Aloha & Mahalo!

Teacher Appreciation Luncheon - Hawaiian Theme! Aloha & Mahalo!

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

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!

Teacher Appreciation Luncheon - Hawaiian Theme! Aloha & Mahalo!

Teacher Appreciation Luncheon - Hawaiian Theme! Aloha!Teacher Appreciation Luncheon - Hawaiian Theme! Aloha!

Polaroid Photo Souvenirs

Teacher Appreciation Luncheon - Hawaiian Theme! Aloha!

Dessert – Assorted Small Bites

Teacher Appreciation Luncheon - Hawaiian Theme! Aloha & Mahalo!

Teacher Appreciation Luncheon - Hawaiian Theme! Aloha & Mahalo!

Cake Pops

  • coconut
  • marble
  • chocolate

Teacher Appreciation Luncheon - Hawaiian Theme! Aloha & Mahalo!

Macarons

  • coconut
  • vanilla
  • lemon

Teacher Appreciation Luncheon - Hawaiian Theme! Aloha and Mahalo!

Cupcakes

  • coconut with mango filling
  • lemon raspberry

Teacher Appreciation Luncheon - Hawaiian Theme! Aloha & Mahalo!

Gift Bags

Teacher Appreciation Luncheon - Hawaiian Theme! Aloha!

Teacher Appreciation Luncheon - Hawaiian Theme! Aloha and Mahalo!

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

Teacher Appreciation Luncheon - Hawaiian Theme! Aloha & Mahalo!

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!

Teacher Appreciation Luncheon - Hawaiian Theme! Aloha & Mahalo!

Catch a Wave, Hang 10, and don’t Wipe-Out!

Links to Previous Years Teacher Appreciation Luncheons

National Park Theme (complete with campfire and s’mores)

Welcome To Morocco (mysterious and colorful)

Charming Farmers Market (fresh, fresh, fresh)

All-Star Ballpark (home run)

Clever Eco-Friendly Environment (recycle and reuse)

Delightful Asian Restaurant (celebrating Pi Day too)

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

Bacon Wrapped Pineapple AppetizerHawaiian BBQ Sauce

(recipe here)

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