The Hawaii Agricultural Foundation’s Localicious Hawaii campaign is teaming up with more than 126 restaurants throughout March to raise funds for an agricultural education program for public schools. For each “Localicious Dish” ordered during the month of March, $1 will be donated back to agricultural education.
Each restaurant raising $500, will be able to adopt a school wanting a Veggie U kit. The foundation hopes to provide Veggie U kits to 100 Hawaii fourth grade classes this year to engage them in agricultural science, math, health and language arts projects.
Hula Grill Waikiki is just one of the more than 100 restaurants participating. Today on Wake Up 2day, Chef Matthew Young showed us what special dishes his restaurant is offering during this campaign. At Hula Grill Waikiki, we have an item called the Localicous Salad that truly encompasses all things local from our island. We use ingredients from around Oahu to create a salad that is truly local for our guests. The greens are from Nalo farms of Waimanalo. We have tomatoes are from Ho Farms, Sea Asparagus from Kahuku, and Hearts of Palm from Waimanalo,” explained Young.
He said he hopes, through this effort, to share what we have on these Islands. “I want to be able to showcase the local produce and the local agriculture,” said Young.
“We want the children of Hawaii to be to connect to their food, and where it came from. The campaign is able to give the children an opportunity to connect with their food. We are happy to support the efforts to have the next generation be able to embrace the ingredients of Hawaii,” he continued.
KHON2 is a co-sponsor of this effort.