Hali’imaile General Store is donating to Boys and Girls Club of Maui in October

This 30-year-old picture features Dean Fearing (from left) aka, “the father of Southwest Cuisine,” and Beverly and Joe Gannon at Hali’imaile General Store when it opened. Fearing will appear at Hawaii Food & Wine Festival Saturday. • Hali’imaile General Store photo

When Hali’imaile General Store opened as a restaurant 30 years ago in the middle of a pineapple field Upcountry, there were those who wondered if it was too far off the beaten path.

Now, 30 years later, its inspiration and chef-owner Beverly Gannon is one of the most famous restaurateurs on Maui, winning numerous awards and accolades. She and husband Joe Gannon are giving back to the community through the Boys and Girls Club of Maui in celebration of HGS’s 30th anniversary.

Simply visit either HGS or their Gannon’s restaurant in Wailea, donate any amount from $5 and up and receive the equivalent amount in Bev’s Bucks to use on food for your next visit. Gratuity and alcohol purchases are extra.

The Gannons will match all of the funds donated by restaurant guests, up to $15,000. All funds donated to the Boys and Girls Club will be used 100 percent towards programs and supplies directly affecting kids that are members.

“The success of Hali’imaile General Store is attributed to giving the customer what they want,” says Beverly. “Over the years, ‘The Store’ has developed into a beautiful comfortable restaurant. Our guests wanted high quality, uncomplicated delicious food. We were more than happy to deliver!”

Another opportunity to donate is to book your holiday party at HGS, Gannon’s or with Celebrations Catering, donate $200 to the Boys and Girls Club of Maui, and you will receive an antipasto platter for up to 30 guests complimentary! ($750 value). The party must be booked in the month of October for a future event.

The Boys & Girl’s Club of Maui serves over 2,400 members and an additional 7,000 youth each year through outreach.

For HGS reservations, call 572-2666. For Gannon’s reservations, call 875-8080.