How to eat and give back: Localicious starts Wednesday


By Karen Iwamoto
Special to Frolic Hawaii

Fresh local ingredients take center plate in March for the fourth annual Localicious Hawaii campaign, the largest statewide culinary initiative of its kind. From March 1 to 31, more than 170 restaurants will be offering at least one dish that incorporates locally grown, caught or raised products — and for every dish sold, a dollar goes to the Hawaii Agricultural Foundation to fund its education programs.

Localicious has two purposes: To raise public awareness of businesses that support local agriculture and to contribute to the Veggie U program, which gives fourth-grade teachers tools to teach students about agriculture through interactive, science-focused activities.

Last year’s event raised $45,703. This year’s goal is to raise $50,000.

Below is a sampling of Localicious dishes to whet your appetite. You’ll find the complete list of participating restaurants statewide at the bottom.

Top of Waikiki -Beet, Avocado & Goat Cheese SaladTop of Waikiki: Beet, Avocado and Goat Cheese Salad

Chao Phya Thai - Kona Kold Fresh LobsterChao Phya Thai: Kona Kold Fresh Lobster

Tommy Bahama Waikik - Poisson Cru Ahi TunaTommy Bahama: Poisson Cru Ahi Tuna

Bevy Market - Maui VenisonBevy Market: Maui Venison

BLT Steak - Seared Kualoa ShrimpBLT Market: Seared Kualoa Shrimp

Ko - Mauka HarvestKo: Mauka Harvest

Da Kitchen - Ahi Poke Sriracha BowlDa Kitchen: Ahi Poke Sriracha Bowl

Honolulu Beerkworks - Hop Soo-eee SlidersHonolulu Beerworks: Hop Soo-eee Sliders

Arancino Beach Walk & Marriott - Tagliatelle BologneseArancino Beach Walk and Marriott: Tagliatelle Bolognese

Sansei Waikiki -Kampachi Roll UpSansei Waikiki: Kampachi Rollup

Wai‘olu Lounge - Heart of Palm Shrimp SaladWaiolu Lounge: Heart of Palm Shrimp Salad

Japengo Waikiki - Ahi PokeJapengo Waikiki: Ahi Poke

d.k. Steak House (Dessert) - Local Apple Banana & Choc Chip Bread Pudding w Tahitian Vanilla Bean Ice Creamd.k. Steak House: Local Apple Banana Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding with Tahitian Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

2017 Localicious restaurants statewide:
12th Ave Grill
53 By The Sea
Alan Wong’s Honolulu
Ama Bar & Grill
Angelo Pietro Honolulu
Annie’s Island Fresh Burgers
Anuenue Cafe – Poipu
Arancino Italian Restaurants
Artizen by MW
Bevy Market
Big City Diner
Black Rock Kitchen
BLT Market
BLT Steak Waikiki
Blue Note Hawaii
Blue Tree Cafe
BREW’d craft pub
BYO Bowls
Cafe 565
Cafe 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
Duke’s Beach House
EAT Honolulu
Eating House 1849 by Roy Yamaguchi
Espresso Bar at Neiman Marcus
Fish House at Four Seasons Koolina
Flour & Barley
Gannon’s Wailea
Gaylord’s at Kilohana
Grondin French-Latin Kitchen
Haliimaile General Store
Hawaii Calls Restaurant & Lounge
Honolulu Beerworks
Honolulu Coffee Experience Center
Hukilau Restaurants
Hula Grill Restaurants
Humble Market Kitchin
Hy’s Steak House
Island Brew Coffee House
Japengo at Hyatt Regency Maui
Jugo Life Juicery
Koko Head Cafe
La Tour Cafe
Lava Lava Beach Club
Le Bistro
Local Joe
MAC 24/7 Bar + Restaurant
MAI Grille
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
Oasis on the Beach
On the Rocks
Pailolo Bar & Grill
Palate Craft & Eatery
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 – Oahu
Sarento’s on the Beach
Side Street Inn on Da Strip
Son’z Steakhouse
Sweet Cane Restaurants
Teddy’s Bigger Burger
The Edge by Tamuras
The Grove at The Modern Honolulu
The Pacific Club
The Pig & the Lady
The Pineapple Room by Alan Wong
Tiki’s Grill & Bar
Tin Roof Maui
Tommy Bahama Restaurants
Top of Waikiki
University of Hawaii Dining Services (Sodexo)
Waiolu Ocean View Lounge
Zippy’s Restaurants