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Localicious Hawai‘i Returns at 23 Maui County Restaurants

February 27, 2018, 12:57 PM HST · Updated February 27, 1:03 PM
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The 5th annual Localicious Hawai‘i campaign will kick off on Thursday, March 1, at a record-breaking 262 restaurants statewide.

The annual event celebrates the important role restaurants play in supporting local agriculture with a month-long dining out promotion. Twenty-three locations throughout Maui County will participate in this year’s campaign.

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    Ko will serve Mauka Harvest as its Localicious dish this year. Photo Courtesy Localicious Hawai‘i

    Japengo will serve Chef’s Special Sushi Roll as its Localicious dish this year. Photo Courtesy Localicious Hawai‘i

    Humble Market Kitchin will serve Seared Kauai Shrimp with House Made Fettuccini Pasta and Local Tomatoes as its Localicious dish this year. Photo Courtesy Localicious Hawai‘i

    Humuhumunukunukuapua’a will serve Hokkaido Scallops as its Localicious dish this year. Photo Courtesy Localicious Hawai‘i

    Gannon’s will serve Haiku Caprese Salad as its Localicious dish this year. Photo Courtesy Localicious Hawai‘i

    Cane & Canoe will serve Seared Ahi Tuna as its Localicious dish this year. Photo Courtesy Localicious Hawai‘i

    Throughout the month of March, participating restaurants will designate one or more menu items that incorporate locally grown, caught or raised products as a Localicious dish. For every Localicious dish ordered, restaurants will donate $1 to the Hawai‘i Agricultural Foundation to support ag education programs in public schools statewide.

    “Our mission is to strengthen Hawai‘i’s agricultural industry and the future of local food production,” said Denise Hayashi Yamaguchi, executive director of HAF. “Localicious restaurants are an integral part of this movement, and we thank them for coming together to make this year’s campaign the biggest ever.”

    Localicious Hawai‘i aims to raise public awareness of restaurants that are active supporters of the state’s agricultural industry. All proceeds raised from the promotion help fund HAF’s educational programs, including Where Would Be Without Seeds, Veggie U, AquaPono Aquaponics, In The Fields, and Kids Cooking Local.

    “Localicious plays an important role in uniting restaurants, the agriculture industry, and consumers with a common goal of moving Hawai‘i to a more sustainable future,” said Russell Hata, president and CEO of ChefZone. “In addition to gathering support from the restaurants and the community, Localicious supports longevity in the agriculture industry by introducing ag-related careers to children at a young age.”

    Since the program’s launch in 2014, Localicious has raised more than $170,000 to provide approximately 70 public schools and 200 classrooms statewide with garden kits and structured ag-related curriculums. This year’s goal is to raise $50,000. Participating restaurants that raise $500 or more will be eligible to adopt a HAF partner Department of Education public school classroom.

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    Participating 2018 Localicious Maui restaurants are:

    • AMA Bar & Grill
    • Auntie’s Kitchen
    • Black Rock Kitchen
    • Cane & Canoe
    • Da Kitchen Cafe
    • Fat Daddy’s Smoke House
    • Gannon’s Wailea
    • Hāli‘imaile General Store
    • Hula Grill Kā‘anapali
    • Humble Market Kitchen
    • Humuhumunukunukuapua‘a
    • Japengo at Hyatt Regency Maui
    • Manoli’s Pizza Company
    • Morimoto Maui
    • Nick’s Fishmarket
    • Roy’s Kā‘anapali
    • Sarento’s on the Beach
    • Son’z Steakhouse
    • Tommy Bahama – Wailea
    • Zippy’s Restaurants
    • 7-Eleven Hawai‘i
    • Cafe 565 on Lāna‘i

    For the full list of restaurants participating in this year’s campaign and signature menu items, click here.

    Nikki Schenfeld
    Nikki joined the Maui Now team in 2016 as a writer/reporter. Originally from Chicago, she has had internships with CBS2 Chicago and Comcast SportsNet Chicago where she had the opportunity to interview some of Chicago's best athletes. She graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2010 with a Bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism. She moved to Maui in 2013.
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