NEWS RELEASE: Localicious Hawaii Calls for New Local-Loving Eateries for 2018

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

For Immediate Release:

Wednesday, November 15, 2017



The largest statewide restaurant initiative seeks to recognize

 over 300 dining partners for March campaign


HONOLULU, HI – The Hawaiʻi Agricultural Foundation (HAF) is seeking new local-loving eateries to join the 2018 Localicious Hawaiʻi campaign, the state’s largest restaurant initiative in support of the agriculture industry. Throughout the month of March, dining partners designate one or more menu items that incorporate locally grown, caught or raised products as their Localicious dishes. For every dish sold, one dollar is donated towards the expansion of ag-focused education programs in K-12 classrooms.

“Hawaiʻi is home to some of the most astonishing culinary talent and it’s inspiring to see more and more of these chefs making local ingredients the core focus of their menus,” said Michelle Karr-Ueoka, owner/pastry chef of MW Restaurant and co-chair of the Localicious Leadership Council. “Our hope for next year is to encourage more consumers to dine consciously, celebrate these tastemakers and help create real, long-term support for our Islands’ agriculture industry.”

HAF aims to recruit over 300 Hawaiʻi-based restaurants to participate in Localicious Hawaiʻi’s 2018 fundraising efforts. All proceeds garnered throughout March will help fund the nonprofit’s free education programs, which gives students and teachers the tools they need to engage in interactive ag- and science-focused activities. In 2017, participating restaurants raised a record-breaking $50,000 through the sales of their Localicious dishes.

“We created this campaign nearly five years ago to help foster robust, ongoing recognition for the restaurants that are wholly committed to using ingredients sourced from local farmers, ranchers and fishermen,” shared Denise Yamaguchi, executive director of the Hawaiʻi Agricultural Foundation. “Each year, we continue to set the bar higher and, thanks to the support we’ve received from the community, deliver results that are above and beyond.”

Localicious Hawai‘i 2017 was presented by ChefZone (a division of Y. Hata), with additional support provided by Honolulu Brewers’ Festival, Hawaii State Department of Agriculture, Paradise Cove, Hawaiʻi Gas, International Market Place and HONOLULU Magazine. Past donating restaurants include:

12th Ave Grill, ­‘AMA‘AMA, Alan Wong’s Honolulu, Ama Bar & Grill, Angelo Pietro Honolulu, Annie’s Island Fresh Burgers, Anuenue Café – Poʻipū, Arancino at the Kahala, Arancino di Mare, Arancino on Beachwalk, Artizen by MW, Bevy, Bevy Market, Big City Diner, Black Ro­ck Kitchen, BLT Market, BLT Steak Waikiki, Blue Note Hawaii, Blue Tree Cafe, BREW’d craft pub, Burgers and Things, BYO Bowls, Café 565, Café Mambo, Chao Phya Thai Restaurant, Chef Chai, d.k. Steak House, Da Kitchen Cafe, Dean and Deluca, Dean’s Drive Inn, Diamond Head Market & Grill,  EAT Honolulu, Eating House 1849 by Roy Yamaguchi, Espresso Bar at Neiman Marcus, Fish House at Four Seasons Ko Olina, Flour & Barley, Gannon's Wailea, Gaylord’s at Kilohana, Hali‘imaile General Store, Hawaii Calls Restaurant & Lounge, Hoku’s, Honolulu Beerworks, Honolulu Burger Co, Honolulu Coffee Experience Center, Huggo’s, Hukilau Lanai, Hula Grill Ka‘anapali, Hula Grill Waikiki, Humble Market Kitchin, Humuhumunukunukuapua‘a, Hy's Steak House, Japengo at Hyatt Regency Maui, Japengo Steak and Seafood Waikiki, Jugo Life Juicery, Kakaʻako Kitchen & Catering, Kō, Koko Head Cafe, La Tour Cafe, Lava Lava Beach Club – Kauaʻi, Lava Lava Beach Club – Waikoloa, Le Bistro, MAC 24/7 Bar + Restaurant, MAI Grille, Manoli’s Pizza Company, Mariposa at Neiman Marcus, Mark’s Place, Mermaid Bar at Neiman Marcus, Moon and Turtle, Mr. Ojisan Restaurant, Mud Hen Water, Murphy’s Bar & Grill, MW Restaurant, Nick’s Fish Market Maui, Nico’s Pier 38, Oasis on the Beach, On the Rocks, Orchids, Pailolo Bar & Grill, Piggy Smalls, Plantation Tavern, Plumeria Beach House, Poke Stop, Pueo’s Osteria, Ravish Honolulu, REAL a gastropub, Rebel Kitchen, Roy’s Restaurants, Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar – Oʻahu, Sarento’s on the Beach, Scratch Kitchen & Bake Shop, Senia, Side Street Inn on Da Strip, Son’z Steakhouse, STRIPSTEAK, Sweet Cane Restaurants, Teddy’s Bigger Burger, The Edge by Tamuras, The Grove at THE MODERN HONOLULU, The Koa Table, The Pacific Club, The Pig & The Lady, The Pineapple Room by Alan Wong, Tiki’s Grill & Bar, Tin Roof Maui, Tommy Bahama Mauna Lani, Tommy Bahama Waikiki, Tommy Bahama Wailea, Top of Waikiki, Umeke’s, Umeke’s Fish Market Bar and Grill, University of Hawaiʻi Dining Services (Sodexo) - Hilo, Wai‘olu Ocean View Lounge and Zippy’s Restaurants.

Restaurants that are interested in signing up for Localicious Hawaiʻi can call (808) 927-9749 or email For more information about the campaign, visit

To download a full recap of the 2017 campaign, click here.