120+ restaurants offer special dishes for month-long Localicious campaign

Throughout the month of March, more than 126 Hawaii restaurants will offer at least one special dish made with a locally grown, caught or raised product.

It’s part of the Hawaii Agricultural Foundation’s second annual Localicious Hawaii promotion.

The dish(es) will be identified on menus with a Localicious sticker or logo next to the item. Each time the dish is ordered, restaurants will donate $1 to HAF’s Veggie U educational program.

The goal is to raise public awareness of restaurants that are committed to sustaining our local agricultural industry and also teaming up with them to raise funds for agricultural education in our public schools.

Tune in! Localicious chefs will be featured on Hawaii’s Kitchen every Thursday in March starting at 8:10 a.m. on KHON2’s Living808.

Last year, 58 restaurants participated and raised $31,000 for 65 fourth grade public school classes using the 25-lesson Veggie U curriculum that combines science, health, language arts, and math into an engaging educational experience for students.

As part of the campaign, HAF and Hawaii Gas will also sponsor a new art and essay contest, “My Favorite Dish and Where it Comes From,” for students in grades K-6. The contest is designed to expose children at a young age to where food comes from.

There are two categories, an art contest for students in grades K-3 and an art and essay contest for students in grades 4-6. A winner will be selected from each category and will receive a class party with a celebrity chef and an Apple Ipad mini. Click here for entry forms and contest rules.

Participating restaurants include 12th Avenue Grill, 3660 on the Rise, Alan Wong’s Honolulu, ‘AMA’AMA, Annie’s Island Fresh Burger, Arancino on Beachwalk, Arancino at Kahala, Arancino Di Mare, Auntie Pasto’s Kunia, Big City Diner, Kailua, Kaimuki, Pearlridge, Waipio & Ward, Black Rock Kitchen & Bar, BLT Steak, BREW’d craft pub, Da Kitchen Café, Diamond Head Market & Grill, d.k Steak House, EAT Honolulu, Eating House 1849, Espresso Bar, Gaylord’s at Kilohana, Gourmet Lani, Indian Kitchen, Grondin: French Latin Kitchen, Herbologie Studio & Tea Bar, Highway Inn, Hiroshi Eurasian Tapas, Hoku’s, Honu Seafood & Pasta, Huggo’s, Hukilau Honolulu, Hukilau Lanai, Hula Grill Kaanapali, Hula Grill Waikiki, Humu, Grand Wailea, Japengo Maui, Japengo Waikiki, Jugo Life Juicery, Ka’ana Kitchen, Kaimuki Superette , Kaka’ako Kitchen & Catering, Kō at the Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui, Koko Head Café, Lahaina Grill, Lava Lava Beach Club, Le Bistro, Leilani’s on the Beach, Maui, Lemona Hawaii, MAC 24/7 Bar + Restaurant, Mala Ocean Tavern, Mala Wailea, Mariposa, Mermaid Bar, Michel’s, Migrant, Mission Social Hall & Café, Moon and Turtle, Morimoto Waikiki, Mr. Ojisan, Mud Hen Water, Murphy’s Bar & Grill, MW, Nico’s at Pier 38, Nobu, Oasis on the Beach, Off the Wall Craft Desserts & Kitchen, Ola at Turtle Bay Resort, On the Rocks, Orchids, Pailolo Bar & Grill, Pi Artisan Pizzeria, Plumeria Beach House, Pueo’s Osteria, Pulehu, an Italian Grill, REAL a gastropub, Roy’s – Hawaii Kai, Kaanapali, Ko Olina, Waikiki, Waikoloa, RumFire, Sansei Waikiki, Seed Restaurant, Side Street Inn on Da Strip, Star Noodle, Sugar Cane Maui, Sweet Cane Café, Teppan-Yaki Dan, The Baker & Butcher, The Cliff Dive Grill, The Edge of Waikiki, THE MODERN HONOLULU, The Pacific Club, The Pineapple Room by Alan Wong, The Three Fat Pigs, Tiki’s Grill & Bar, Top of Waikiki, Town, Vino Italian Tapas, Wai’olu Ocean View Lounge, Zippy’s Restaurants – 24 locations.

  • Click here for more information about Localicious Hawaii.

Last year, the Hawaii State Legislature declared the month of March to be Localicious Hawaii month in support of the program. The campaign will coincide with National Agricultural Day which will be celebrated nationwide on March 18, 2015.

“As a farmer, I always wanted to recognize the restaurants that have supported us by buying local.” said Dean Okimoto, Chairman of HAF board. “Localicious Hawaii creates public awareness of restaurants that buy local and asks the public to, in turn, support them for their commitment to sustaining Hawaii’s agricultural industry.”

Localicious Hawaii is made possible through the generous support of ChefZone (a division of Y. Hata), Brewers’ Festival, Hawaiʻi State Department of Agriculture, Paradise Cove, Hawaii Gas, and Honolulu Magazine and media partners, KHON2, iHeartRadio, Pacific Media Group, NewWest Broadcasting Corp., and Kong Radio.

The Hawaii Agricultural Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization created to promote agriculture and farming. Established in 2007, HAF’s mission is to support and sustain Hawaii’s agricultural industry by addressing critical needs and services of farmers and the agricultural industry in Hawaii, and by better connecting the farmers with the community and vice-versa.

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