Announced on September 30, 2020 by Governor David Ige, the “Hawai‘i Restaurant Card” program was developed to help support our local restaurants in Hawai‘i during COVID-19. According to UHERO, for every $1 spent at a Hawai’i restaurant, $1.82 is contributed to our economy, saving an estimated 1,000 jobs. It also provides much-needed support for families who are trying to survive unemployment caused by the pandemic. We invite you to visit Our Kaka‘ako and support our local community by using your card at any of our restaurants and eating establishments!
The card provides $500 pre-loaded debit cards to those who are currently receiving unemployment benefits. The cards can only be used at restaurants in Hawai‘i. This is a $75 million program funded with federal CARES Act dollars. Other requirements to receive the card may apply.
It is a one-time benefit and will not impact SNAP or Medicaid benefits and eligibility.
When can I use my Hawaii Restaurant Card?
Qualified recipients will receive their cards in October. The cards can be used from October 20, 2020, until December 15, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. or until the $500 is exhausted. You can see if you qualify by visiting myrestaurantcard.hawaii.gov.
Where can I use my Hawaii Restaurant Card?
You can use your Hawai‘i Restaurant Card at participatingrestaurants in the State of Hawai‘i that accept MasterCard debit cards. Cards will be pre-loaded with $500 and can be used in your restaurant for food or drinks. Participating restaurants will be displaying “We Accept Hawaii Restaurant Card” signs so you know where you can use your card.
Are there any limitations to the card?
Use of the Hawai‘i Restaurant Card is limited to purchases of food and non-alcoholic beverages at eating establishments, restaurants and fast food restaurants in the State of Hawai‘i. The cards cannot be used at grocery stores or any other establishments.
Are there any restaurant card promotions?
Select restaurants have created special deals and promotions for cardholders. We recommend you visit foodagogo.org/hawaii-restaurant-card-promotions/ to see which Our Kaka‘ako restaurants or food trucks are participating.
For more information, visit www.hawaiirestaurantcard.com.