Restaurant recognizes 3 educators

Duke’s Beach House General Manager Noah Yamada (from left); Princess Nahienaena Elementary School teacher Pam Kaniho; Vice Principal Keola Rogat; counselor Alicia Alcaraz; teacher Linda Rickard; and TS Restaurants Vice President Tammy Fukagawa are shown at the awards ceremony.

Duke’s Beach House recently recognized Alicia Alcaraz, Linda Rickard and Pam Kaniho of Princess Nahienaena Elementary School as Educator of the Month for February, March and April, respectively.

Alcaraz, a school counselor, was awarded the February Educator of the Month Award. She has coordinated the school’s career fair in conjunction with Lahainaluna High School’s Career and Technical Education Department. Students were introduced to career pathways including health, business, agriculture, building and construction, auto and culinary.

Rickard, a kindergarten teacher, is the March Educator Award winner. She was nominated by her peers for being a dedicated team player and an important addition to the school.

Kaniho, a 5th-grade teacher, was recognized for assisting a parent who was experiencing a medical emergency while dropping off a child at school. Due to Kaniho’s quick action, the parent’s vehicle was stopped, parked and no one was injured.

“Duke’s is thrilled to be able to acknowledge the amazing and heroic work that the staff at Princess are providing for our keiki,” said Noah Yamada, Duke’s Beach House general manager. “Education is so important, and through our Legacy of Aloha Program we are able to acknowledge and support the outstanding teachers in our community.”

Alcaraz, Rickard and Kaniho were presented with an engraved koa box and a $100 gift certificate to Duke’s Beach House.