Eateries see busy Easter as residents, visitors celebrate first major holiday since restrictions were lifted

Easter is the first major holiday to celebrate since restrictions were lifted like the indoor mask mandate.
Published: Apr. 17, 2022 at 11:04 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Easter was the first major holiday since COVID restrictions were lifted in Hawaii. And at Hawaii’s eateries, it showed.

The Hawaii Restaurant Association said Easter weekend was a tremendous boost for restaurants.

It was a full house at Orchids’ Easter Brunch at the Halekulani. And it was no different at Duke’s Waikiki.

Andrew Crocker, general manager of Duke’s Waikiki, said they had a combination of visitors and residents celebrating the holiday.

Crocker said in the past months, Duke’s has been understaffed and felt lucky they had enough to cover the floor Sunday.

“It’s just a huge blessing to have that and how much easier and better we can get through a shift,” said Crocker. “And take care of our guests and still have that real aloha spirit for everybody.”

Mark Menz, of California, said it’s nice to feel “normal again.”

“It is really nice especially the masks are going away which is a big thing but just the whole concept of we’re past this, really they’re looking at it realistically now,” Menz said.

HRA suggests you make reservations and takeout orders early for Mother’s Day.

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