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Fun Hawaiian Themed Appreciation Week Ideas

What’s not to love about a beach, Hawaiian themed Teacher Appreciation Week of festivities?
From the pink flamingos, floral leis and cheery pineapples, and other tropical goodness, there’s not much, if anything.

Let’s dive into the details of how to put on the most fabulous appreciation event with a Hawaiian theme!


First up, let’s talk decorations.

Decorating the staff lounge for the week is one way to not only drive home the theme, but also sets the tone and can really elevate whatever activities you have planned for the week.

So be sure to not skip the decorations!

124Pcs Tropical Balloons Arch Garland Kit, Green Hot Pink Rose Gold Confetti Balloons Palm Leaves for Tropical Hawaiian Aloha Luau Flamingo Birthday Party Baby Shower Wedding Decorations

This grand balloon arch will make quite the statement when the staff sees it!
The colorful mix of balloons and greenery is so much and fabulous and it’ll be a surprise in and of itself for the staff.

I bet you’re thinking you don’t have time for such an elaborate decoration, but check out this post about putting together balloon arches before ruling it out because it really is easier than it seems!

Flamingo Party Supplies, Hawaiian Party Decorations Flamingo and Pineapple Honeycomb Ball Paper Lanterns Paper Fans Pom poms Flowers for Birthday Luau Tropical Bachelorette Party

Don’t stop with the decorations with just the balloons!
This super fun mix of bright and cheery hanging decorations will add a whimsical touch to any space.

HOWAF 30 Pcs Hawaiian Tropical Luau Birthday Party Hanging Swirls Hibiscus Swirls Flower Foil Swirl Decorations Ceiling Decorations for Tiki Cocktail Beach Summer Party Decoration Supplies

And so are these swirly floral decorations. Aren’t all the colors just so pretty together?

Abaodam Floral Garlands for Decor Guirnaldas para Hawaii Paper Garland Hawaii Bunting Banner Hawaii Party Garland Hawaii Hanging Garland Pull The Flag European and American

This floral garland is an easy way to brighten up drab walls in a jiffy.

Ecore Fun 8 PCS 10ft Luau Party Supplies Luau Party Decorations Hawaiian Party Decorations Tropical Party Decorations Supplies Flower Banner for Summer Party Decorations, Luau Theme Wedding Decoration

Adding a floral lei garland into the mix is a nice way to round out the decorations.

Hawaiian Aloha Party Decoration, Extra Large Summer Luau Beach Party Banner Backdrop Background Photography for Birthday Musical Party Baby Shower Tropical Tiki Themed Decoration, 72.8 x 43.3 Inch

This fun wall mural is another way to cover a big space quickly and make it look tropically on point instantly!

Command Adjustables Repositionable 0.5 lb Clips, 16 Clips, 36 Strips

Pro tip! Make your life easy (and simultaneously avoid the ire of custodians) by using these temporary clips from 3M to hang the decorations on the walls without fear of damage.

Table decor

Another space to not skimp on the decor is any table space in the room where you’ll be hosting the appreciation events during the week.

3 Pack Hawaiian Luau Tablecloths for Party Decoration, Hawaii Disposable Plastic Rectangular Table Covers, Aloha Tropical Palm Leaves Table Cloth, Summer Beach Kids Birthday Cocktail Party Supplies

Start the tablescape with a tropical themed tablecloth.
It not only looks great, but makes cleaning up a snap.
Simply fold the corners in and toss it away, crumbs and all!

GiftExpress Luau Libiscus Grass Table Skirt for Hawaiian Party Supplies, Moana Birthday Party Decorations (Natural Hay Grass), 9 feet X29

Once the tablecloth has been laid, dress it further by adding a super fun grass skirt!
The skirt is not only the perfect decoration for a Hawaiian themed event, but also helps to disguise any supplies you need to store beneath the table.

Hopeak Artificial Palm Leaves, 24 Pieces Large Palm Leaves for Hawaiian Luau Party Jungle Beach Theme Party Birthday Party Table and Wall Decorations

Use these palm tree leaves over top the table cloth to really layer on the decorations.

Summer Hawaiian Flamingo Party Confetti  Foil Metallic Sequins Table Confetti Tropical Jungle Safari 1st Birthday Baby Shower Wedding Party Sprinkles Confetti Decorations 45g

Next, sprinkle some confetti across the table for some fun sparkle and further dimension.

Palm Leaf Hawaii Style Food Reusable Snack Tray, Cookies, Chips, Candy Dip for Jungle Island Themed Party Decorations Platter (12 Pack, 11.75" x 8.5" Inches) by Super Z Outlet

Go deeper into the theme and elevate all that you serve with these fun leaf trays.

Palm Leaf Snack Tray Hawaii Style Reusable Food Tray with Tropical Imitation Green Plant Leaves, Cookies Chips, Candy Dip, for Jungle Island Luau Party Theme Decorations Birthdays 12 Sets,8.3 x 7 Inch

These palm tree trays are also super fun. Mixing the leaf trays is a fun way to add in some variety and not have such a sterile, matchy-matchy look.

Daily Ideas

Read on for some inspiration for a week’s worth of activities to show your staff how much you love them!


Start their week off right with a yummy breakfast of a granola and yogurt bar!

Anahola Granola Mango Ginger Granola - Healthy Hawaiian Granola - Ancient Grains With No Sugar Added - Handmade Since 1986 - Good For You While Still Tasting Great

Doesn’t this granola look delish?

Tully's Coffee Hawaiian Blend Keurig Single-Serve K-Cup Pods, Extra Bold Medium, 96 Count

Stock the staff lounge with Hawaiian coffee for a perfect breakfast finishing touch.


Sea Shells & Ocean Beach Stationery - 8.5 x 11-60 Beach Letterhead Sheets (Tropical)

Give each staff member a personal note of appreciation on this tropical notepaper.

The letters can be written in advance and you can further spread the workload by splitting up the staff list among PTO members.

Mixing things up by having a non-edible treat for the staff is a smart way to go.


Help the staff push through the week with a fabulously delicious luncheon.
Here are some menu ideas along with some links to recipes and ingredients:


Go all in on the Hawaiian theme and deck out the drink station too!

Juvale 12-Pack 16 Ounce Plastic Coconut Cups with Straws, Hawaiian Tropical Luau Party Supplies

Either use these coconut cups as decoration or spring for a set for the staff as a fun party favor.

FUTUREPLUSX Pineapple Cups, 12PCS Plastic Pineapple Cups with Lids and Straws for Hawaiian Party

These pineapple cups are a nice alternative to the coconut cups, but just as festive.


ysmile Small Party Bag Gift Favor Treat Bag for Goodie Pineapple Wrapping for Kid Birthday Girls 10 ct from

Give each staff members a pineapple goodie bag filled with tropical treats to enjoy!

Incorporating a goodie bag into the week’s events is a smart way to get some of the workload done and out of the way before Teacher Appreciation week comes.

Get some PTO BFFs together and set up an assembly station to fill the bags and set the assembled bags aside until Staff Appreciation Week.

Then just pop them in the staff mailboxes for a low stress day!

Here are a few ideas of tropical treats to include in the goodie bags:

Hawaiian Host Island Trio Gift Pack 36 Count Chocolate and Macadamia,27 grams

Including some chocolate is always a crowd pleaser, and this Hawaiian Host option looks especially delicious!

Mamba Fruit Chews Candy, 18 Count (Pack of 24)

Mamba fruit chews are tastily tropical!

Quality Candy Company Tropical Fruit Discs, 5 Pounds

Bulk candy is another cost effective way to fill the treat bags! This mix of tropical candies is sure to leave staff with a sweet taste in their mouth from all your effort for the week.

Myamy 50 Counts Tropical Luau Leis Flower Lei Theme Party Favors Hawaiian Leis Necklace Hawaii Silk Wreaths Holiday Wedding Beach Birthday Decorations Assortment

How can you not give a staff a lei to wear to help feel more festive?
This assortment of silk flower leis give so many color options to choose from at a good price too!


Help the staff unwind and relax for the weekend ahead with some mocktails!

Jordan's Skinny Syrups Sugar Free Cocktail Syrup, Cocktail Mixers for Drinks, 3 Margarita Mix + Peach Bellini, Mojito and Frose Syrups for Cocktails and Mocktails, 25.4 Fl Oz, 6 Variety Party Pack

Jordan’s Skinny Mixes are the easiest way to have a delicious offering of drinks.
A little of the mixes go a long way, so this is an economical way to keep people hydrated and refreshed!

LaCroix Sparkling Water, Lime, 12 Fl Oz (pack of 12)

You’ll need a drink base to get started and LaCroix is an excellent drink foundation since you can add in additional flavors.

365 by Whole Foods Market, Club Soda, 12 Fl Oz (pack of 6)

And club soda is another simple, yet great option for a mocktail drink base.

Over to You!

And that’s pretty much what you’ll need for the best Hawaiian themed Staff Appreciation Week.

No matter how you lean into the Hawaiian theme, the school staff is sure to love the time and effort you put in to love on them in this way!

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