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First Chick-fil-A Restaurant in Hawai‘i
to Open on Thursday, September 1

August 24, 2022

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Kahului Restaurant Brings Approximately 160 Full- and Part-Time Jobs to Community, Honors 100 Local Heroes With Free Chick-fil-A Meals for a Year 

KAHULUI, Hawai‘i (August 24, 2022) – The first Chick-fil-A® restaurant in the state of Hawai‘i will open on Thursday, September 1, 2022 in Kahului, Maui, Hawai‘i. Chick-fil-A, Inc. has selected Sean Whaley as the independent franchised Owner/Operator of Chick-fil-A Kahului, located at 14 Ho‘okele Street, Kahului, HI, 96732.  

Chick-fil-A Kahului will be open for dine-in, drive-thru and carry-out service from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Guests of Chick-fil-A Kahului can place an order for drive-thru pick-up on the Chick-fil-A® App. When joining the Chick-fil-A One® tiered membership program, guests receive points on every qualifying purchase which can be used to redeem available rewards. Third-party delivery will be made available shortly after the opening. 

Locally Owned and Operated  
As full-time, hands-on leaders in their restaurants and communities, Chick-fil-A Owner/Operators proudly reside in the areas in which they serve.  

In Kahului, Sean Whaley will be responsible for all day-to-day activities of the business, including employing approximately 160 full- and part-time Team Members, serving guests and cultivating relationships with local organizations and businesses. Whaley has planted roots on Maui with his wife Danielle and three children, where he is continuing to pursue his passions for youth sports, mentoring and community engagement.  

“I am so grateful for the opportunity to open the first Chick-fil-A restaurant in Hawai‘i and to share our signature hospitality and great-tasting food with guests in Kahului,” said Whaley. “Working in the restaurant industry and playing competitive sports like rugby have given me the experience and tools to create a dedicated, service-minded team. By cultivating each individual’s skills and talents, we will build a strong ‘ohana of Team Members that will thrive both inside and outside of the restaurant.”   

Caring for Maui
In honor of the opening, Chick-fil-A, Inc. has donated $25,000 to Maui Food Bank on behalf of the new restaurant. Chick-fil-A Kahului is also recognizing 100 local heroes making an impact in the area by providing them with free Chick-fil-A meals for a year. 

Additionally, Whaley’s restaurant will be participating in the Chick-fil-A Shared Table® Program, an initiative that redirects surplus food from the restaurant to local soup kitchens, shelters, food banks and nonprofits in need. When there is surplus food, Chick-fil-A Kahului will donate it to a local community partner.  

This year, Chick-fil-A selected The Maui Farm as the recipient of a $300,000 True Inspiration Awards® grant. A place of refuge, restoration and empowerment, The Maui Farm uses hands-on, ʻāina-based programs to help strengthen and nurture families to prevent homelessness. 

Our Restaurant Experience 
At 5,013 sq. ft. with a 900 sq. ft. patio, the restaurant will seat 114 guests inside with an additional 46 exterior patio seats. The restaurant will feature subtle design touches to honor the local culture and community including Hawaiian language, native landscaping and local design motifs. 

Chick-fil-A restaurant Team Members will greet customers in the drive-thru line in-person and will take each guest’s orders on a tablet. As the order-taker walks the line, another restaurant Team Member will come to the customer’s car to take payment, allowing vehicles to move through more quickly than they do at a traditional speaker box drive-thru. To ensure restaurant Team Members working in the drive-thru line are comfortable in warm weather, Chick-fil-A partnered with clothing brands that design cooling vests and moisture-wicking uniforms. 

Team Member Investment  
Chick-fil-A Operators are committed to hiring, developing and retaining top talent and providing a positive work environment for people of all ages and backgrounds. Team Members have opportunities for flexible work hours and leadership growth, competitive pay and benefits, hands-on training and mentoring and the chance to apply for scholarships to support their continuing education. Since 1973, Chick-fil-A, Inc. has awarded more than $136 million in scholarships to more than 80,000 restaurant Team Members.  

Quality Ingredients; Delicious Food 
Chick-fil-A restaurants focus on serving customers great-tasting food made with quality ingredients. The produce used in recipes is delivered to kitchens up to six times a week. Chick-fil-A restaurants serve chicken raised with No Antibiotics Ever, starting from the egg. By not allowing antibiotics of any kind, Chick-fil-A chicken meets the highest commitment for non-antibiotic use. More about Chick-fil-A food and beverages: 
• The famous Chick-fil-A® Chicken Sandwich is made with a boneless breast of chicken seasoned to perfection, breaded by hand and served on a toasted bun with pickles. 
• Chick-fil-A® Nuggets are available breaded or grilled and are perfect for pairing with one of seven delicious Chick-fil-A dipping sauces. 
• Chick-fil-A Waffle Potato Fries® are made from real potatoes. 
• Chick-fil-A salad entrées, including the Market and Cobb, are prepared fresh daily. 
• Regular Chick-fil-A® Lemonade is made from three simple ingredients: real lemon juice—not from concentrate, cane sugar, and water. 

Expansion in Hawai‘i 
Chick-fil-A is delighted to expand in the Aloha State with plans to open several restaurants over the next five years.  

For the latest news and updates on Chick-fil-A Kahului, visit the local restaurant’s Facebook page and follow along on Instagram. For more information about Chick-fil-A and stories about the Brand’s food, people and customers across the country, visit

About Chick-fil-A, Inc.  
Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A, Inc. is a restaurant company known for the Original Chick-fil-A® Chicken Sandwich and signature hospitality. Represented by more than 170,000 Team Members, Operators and Staff, Chick-fil-A® restaurants serve guests freshly prepared food at more than 2,700 restaurants in 47 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and Canada. The family-owned and privately held restaurant company was founded in 1967 by S. Truett Cathy and is committed to serving the local communities in which its franchised restaurants operate.  

Known for its leadership and growth opportunities, in 2022 Chick-fil-A was named a Best Employer in America by Forbes and a top company for career opportunities for Black employees by Glassdoor. The company was also awarded the Employee’s Choice by Glassdoor honoring top CEOs and was named a Culture 500 Culture Champion in 2020. A leader in customer service, Chick-fil-A was named QSR magazine’s Drive-Thru Restaurant of the Year in 2021. More information on Chick-fil-A is available at and @ChickfilANews