HONOLULU (KHON2) — Chik-fil-A held a groundbreaking blessing ceremony on Wednesday for its first Hawaii restaurant located in Kahului.

Chick-fil-A Maui is scheduled to open in early 2022 in the Pu’unene Shopping Center. The restaurant chain is also planning to open locations in Honolulu and Kapolei later next year.

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“We are very excited to serve customers in Hawai’i with great food and remarkable service,” said Jackie Jags, spokesperson for Chick-fil-A, Inc. “The culture, people and customs make Hawai‘i so special, and we look forward to engaging with and supporting each new restaurant community, starting with our first restaurant in Maui.”

A rendering of Chick-fil-A Maui scheduled to open in Kahului next year. (Courtesy: Chick-fil-A, Inc.)

To celebrate the opening of each new restaurant, Chick-fil-A will support local communities by donating $25,000 to Feeding America — the funds will be distributed to local partners across the islands. In addition, the restaurants will donate surplus food to local shelters, soup kitchens and charities.

A spokesperson for Chick-fil-A said each new restaurant will create approximately 80 to 120 new jobs for their local communities. Besides competitive wages and flexible work hours, employees will get a chance to apply for scholarships to continue their education.

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