7 Local Treats to Thank Our Teachers

Gift them with these sweet surprises during Teacher Appreciation Week, May 2–6.
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Photo: Courtesy of Mari’s Gardens


Teachers deal with a lot. From thinking on their feet during the pandemic to dealing with limited resources to corralling our keiki, their plates are full and yet they still manage to bring out the best in their students. Let’s show our educators some love during Teacher Appreciation Week, which run from May 2 to 6 this year. And forget the generic candle, mug or Starbucks gift card—treat them to something really special while supporting local, too!


1. Custom Cotton Candy

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Photo: Courtesy of Sugar Sugar Co.


Created by two local moms, Sugar Sugar Co. spins all-natural, organic cotton candy in locally-inspired flavors such as liliko‘i, dragon fruit, guava and matcha, to name a few. Create custom cups with your choice of flavor, color, topping and personalized “thank you” label to hand-out to all your kiddo’s teachers. $95 for one dozen. Order online for store pick up in Liliha.


2. Dipped Apples

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An apple for the teacher—but make it fancy! In a new location in ʻAiea Town Square, Dipped by Dee’s candy apple creations will dazzle teachers in flavors such as Mother’s Circus Animal Cookie (shown above), Fruity Pebbles, chunky monkey and ube Oreo. Plus, you can add an edible image (+$2.50) to your apples for a tasty “thank you” message. $11 per apple. Order online and pick up in store,or walk in.  


3. Stuffed Cookies

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Photo: Courtesy of These Stuffed Cookies


A family company, ,which started out as a summer project, These Stuffed Cookies are the ultimate indulgence with fillings packed inside cookie batter before being baked. The individually wrapped cookies are HUGE and will be a big hit with teachers. Look out for brand new flavors, The Elvis and Ube Haupia Cheesecake, in addition to its top sellers.

$4.50 to $5.50 per cookie. Walk in to stores in Pearlridge Center Uptown and Wahiawā Shopping Center.


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4. French Macarons

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Photo: Courtesy of La Tour Café


Famous for its vibrant confections, which are almost too pretty to eat, La Tour Café is the place to get an upscale treat to make teachers feel extra special. Choose from more than 15 flavors of macarons, from blueberry cheesecake to red velvet to create a custom rainbow (or ombré)-filled gift box.

$2.20 per macaron or $13.20 for a six-pack in a gift box. Order online or walk in to locations in ‘Āina Haina, Iwilei, Kapolei and Pearl City.


4. Homemade from the Heart

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If you and your keiki enjoy cooking together, why not whip up some treats at home for a personal touch teachers will melt over? Try our super simple, kid-friendly recipes like Sea-Salted Smoky Almond Bark, Sweet and Salty Popcorn Pretzel Sticks or Very Best Fudge. Then get crafty by following this tutorial to make a perfect-for-Hawai‘i pop-up rainbow greeting card to brighten your teacher’s day.


6. Sweet Succulents

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Photo: Courtesy of Mari’s Gardens


For a sugar-free treat, gift easy-to-maintain mini plants to spruce up your teacher’s desks. With locations in Mililani and Kaka‘ako, Mari’s Garden, a family-owned and operated farm, sells as-cute-as-can-be succulents ($11) and glass air plant terrariums ($16) enhanced with animal figurines and imaginative pottery.

Gifts range from $11 to $24. Order online or walk in to Mari’s Garden or Mari’s Urban Garden.


7. Soothing Hand Sanitizer

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Photo: Courtesy of Lanikai Bath & Body


Help teachers battle the onslaught of germs they face day-in and day-out with a little pampering. Receiving rave reviews from our editors, Lanikai Bath & Body’s locally made hand sanitizers will bring a touch of spa to school with island scents such as plumeria, pīkake, coconut and guava. Choose between travel-size gel sanitizer or the new pocket mist sanitizer, which you can accessorize with a silicone rubber carrying case available in your teacher’s fave shade.

Prices range from $4.50 to $10. Order online for pick-up or shop at the store in Kailua.