Restaurant Card Program Announced to Help Workers and Business

At the governor’s news briefing Sherry Menor McNamara, President & CEO of the Chamber of Commerce in Hawai‘i and Denise Hayashi Yamaguchi, the Executive Director of the Hawai‘i Agricultural Foundation provided details on yet another CARES Act supported initiative. 

The new Restaurant Card Program is a private-public partnership that will provide pre-paid $500 cards to qualified Hawaiʻi unemployment insurance negatively impacted by COVID-19. The cards can be used at any Hawai‘i restaurant. 

Menor McNamara commented, “Since March, it’s estimated that about 60% of Hawai‘i’s businesses have fully or partially closed. This is a win-win because it provides people who’ve qualified  a little extra cash and also helps local small businesses that are struggling.” 

More details on the program will be available in the coming days.

  • $500 dining cards for people who have qualified for unemployment insurance  
  • Program runs from Oct. 20-Dec. 15 
  • Eligible individuals will receive a pre-loaded, non-transferable card in the mail 

Hayashi Yamaguchi said, “We hope this will bring a little good news to struggling individuals just in time for the holidays.” The program is being overseen by DBEDT, which is providing this information today so restaurants and the supply chain can be better prepared. More details on the program are forthcoming. 



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