Hawaii gets first Chick-fil-A restaurant

Hawaiians who dreamed of the perfect fried chicken sandwich might just get their prayers answered.

Aloha State gets its first Chick-fil-A restaurant.

Maui will be the first Hawaiian island to get a Chick-fil-A next month, with more locations expected to open through early next year.

The new drive-thru restaurant is located near a Lowe’s Home Improvement store in Kahului, KITV reported. The new location features a 900 square foot patio so you can soak up the tropical sun while feasting.

The fast-food chain said the restaurant has subtle design touches to honor the local culture and community, including the Hawaiian language, native landscaping and local design motifs.

The company has also taken the climate into account. Click-fil-A has partnered with apparel brands that design cooling vests and moisture-wicking uniforms for team members who walk the drive-thru line and take in-person orders, said the company in a press release.

The restaurant will open on September 1. To celebrate the opening, Chick-fil-A donated $25,000 to the Maui Food Bank. The company also recognizes 100 local heroes who are making an impact in the area by giving them free Chick-fil-A meals for a year.

The Atlanta-based chain announced in January that it was finally bringing its famous chicken sandwiches and waffle fries to the islands.

Three more Chick-fil-A locations are scheduled to open by early 2023, all on the island of O’ahu: two in Honolulu and one in Kapolei.

The company said it also plans to open “several restaurants” across the state over the next five years.

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