Hawaiʻi Region

Ocean Friendly Restaurants

Ocean Friendly Restaurants (OFR’s)

Plastic pollution is suffocating our ocean and the many animals that call it home. Researchers estimate there are now over 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic in our ocean impacting marine ecosystems and wildlife such as seabirds, dolphins, fish, and turtles. The Surfrider Foundation’s Ocean Friendly Restaurants program seeks to stop plastic pollution at its source. One restaurant, one customer at a time, the program increases awareness, drives change in behavior and ultimately creates scalable impact to reduce our plastic (and water!) footprint. Get started by connecting with an OFR Program on your island!

What Makes a Restaurant “Ocean Friendly?”

The Ocean Friendly Restaurants program offers restaurants an easy way to demonstrate their commitment to making sustainable choices for our ocean.

To qualify, restaurants must follow seven criteria:

*Exemptions for food trucks and restaurants with 6 or less tables apply.

**Foodware includes dinnerware, drinkware, silverware, and ramekins/containers.

And choose a minimum of three of the following criteria:

Restaurants who meet all 15 of the criteria are recognized as a Platinum Level Ocean Friendly Restaurant.