Website will list restaurants with new “WE’RE OPEN” designation


Hawai‘i Agricultural Foundation (HAF) announced that it will list restaurants reopening for dine-in service with a new “We’re Open” designation on its FoodAGoGo.org website, starting with the counties of Hawaiʻi, Kauaʻi and Maui, which are allowing restaurants to open today. Food-A-Go-Go is a community initiative by HAF, providing the general public with the latest up-to-date information on restaurants amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Since launching on March 23, 2020, the campaign has had more than 137K users and 257K visits to its site with each session lasting about four minutes. The Food-A-Go-Go service is available to all Hawai‘i restaurants, from mom-and-pop to fine dining, free of charge.

For many restaurants, Food-A-Go-Go has been the only means of marketing to let the public know that they are open for business. When dine-in services were ordered to close in mid-March some restaurants pivoted to takeout while others temporarily closed, which made it difficult for consumers to know who remained open. With dine-in now reopening, the HAF’s Food-A-Go-Go Restaurant Rescue team has been calling restaurants to make sure its site has accurate information on restaurant services — takeout, dine-in, and/or a combination of both.

“The Hawaii Agricultural Foundation and Food-A-Go-Go has provided us in the smaller communities with an invaluable service,” said Chad Yang, General Manager of Hula Hulas Restaurant and Bar in Hilo. “Not only did they help us market during our darkest days when we all had to close, but also they sent us weekly information on grants and loans, state and county guidance, and even got masks donated for us … I am so grateful.”

Restaurants wanting to participate in the free service are asked to submit information via an online form. Customers can go to our website, FoodAGoGo.org to find the latest up-to-date information on all restaurants that are open with delivery, takeout and or curbside pickup options — and now open dine-in service.

Food-A-Go-Go is a community service by Hawai‘i  Agricultural Foundation and Hawai‘i  Food and Wine Festival supported by a network of partners who have come together save our local restaurant industry in Hawai‘i: Sysco Hawai‘i, Hawai‘i Gas, Mahi Pono, Hawaiian Airlines® Bank of Hawaii World Elite Mastercard®, Elite Delivery, Hawai‘i Tourism Association, Hawaiian Airlines, Kamehameha Schools, Hawaii News Now, iHeartMedia, KHON2, KITV, K5 Ninth Island Connection, Summit Media, KONG Radio, 94.7KUMU, KWXX, KNWB, B97 Hilo, B93 Kona, KPOA 93.5, KJKS KISS 99.9, Hawaiʻi Restaurant Association, Digital Illustrations, First Daughter Media, Library Creative, Mākaha Studios, Pernod Ricard USA, Settle Meyer Law. Data provided in part by “Hawaii Grinds @ Home” by Melanie Kosaka and Ryan Ozawa (http://HawaiiTech.com).