Click here to see a list of participating Localicious Hawaii restaurants in 2017!
Hawaii Agricultural Foundation launched Localicious Hawaii in 2014 to raise public awareness of restaurants that are committed to sustaining our local agricultural industry and through doing so, raising funds for agricultural education in our public schools. After it's first year, Hawaii State Legislature declared the month of March to be Localicious Hawaii month in support of the program.
The Localicious Hawaii campaign runs from March 1–31 to coincide with National Agricultural Day and partners with over 170 restaurants statewide. Participating restaurants feature a specific dish(es) made with a locally grown, caught or raised product throughout the month. The dish(es) are identified on menus with a Localicious sticker or logo next to the item. When patrons order the "Localicious" dish, the restaurant donates $1 to HAF’s Veggie U Hawaii educational program.
HAF’s Veggie U Hawaii program is part of the national Veggie U organization (www.veggieu.org) that supplies classroom garden kits and a robust five-week science program that combines science, health, language arts, and math into an engaging educational experience for students in elementary schools. Each restaurant that raises a minimum of $500 will be able to adopt a public DOE fourth grade classroom wanting the program in their school.
The goal of the campaign is raise $50,000 and extend the Veggie U program to more and more classrooms across the state of Hawaii. The program is currently only offered to fourth grade classrooms with the intent to expand to other grade levels in the future. HAF currently has a teacher on staff that has worked with the Department of Education (DOE) to align the Veggie U kits with Hawaii State science and common core standards. Funds will be used to purchase the kits, provide stipends, arrange ground and air transportation, and develop training materials for teachers.
As part of the 2017 campaign, HAF and Hawaii Gas sponsored a new Art and Essay Contest, “Eat Local - My Favorite Dish Created with Locally Grown and Raised Crop; including farmed animals" 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 is selected from each category at the end of the month of February and will receive a class party with a celebrity chef and an Apple iPad mini. Entry forms and contest rules are available at www.localicioushawaii.com/agcontest.
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