Happy Holidays! In the spirit of giving, some of you may be wondering about giving gifts to teachers and/or staff. Please remember, it is not necessary and by no means do any of the teachers and/or staff at Liholiho expect any gifts. However, if you feel that you want to give something to your teacher and/or staff for the holidays, please remember the following State Ethics Commission’s gift guidelines:
The state’s gift guidelines provide that the following are acceptable (these guidelines may not apply for employees whose official duties include procurement):
- “Gifts of Aloha” — modest gifts of nominal value traditionally given as part of Hawaiian culture as a gesture of aloha or goodwill such as a flower lei or a box of cookies to share with the office — and other gifts of nominal value such as small promotional business items (e.g. pens with company logo).
- Meals and “Food and Drink” types of events valued at under $25. This limit applies to the whole event.
In other words, please keep your gift value to $24.99 or less. Mahalo!