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Oʻahu restaurants can apply for outdoor dining permits

Chinatown outdoor dining restaurant
Zoe Dym

Oʻahu restaurants can apply for outdoor dining permits as part of a two-year pilot program starting Monday, Oct. 10.

City and County of Honolulu officials hope it will provide an economic boost to restaurants.

“Restaurants face the challenge of rising costs and welcome new ways to increase revenue and give diners a wonderful experience,” said Ave Kwok, incoming chair of the Hawaiʻi Restaurant Association, in a statement.

Mayor Rick Blangiardi approved a bill in July to launch the outdoor dining program. The limits on indoor gatherings during the pandemic pushed many restaurants to expand their services to city sidewalks.

Outdoor dining can only occur between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m.

If the project is successful, dining al fresco could become a permanent fixture in Honolulu.

Applications are available online. The application fee is $50 and approved permits will be valid for six months.

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