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How You Can Help Feed People Affected By The Maui Fires

Merriman’s Kapalua alongside Monkeypod Kitchen have joined forces with other local businesses to offer meals to those in need. Currently they are feeding 1,000+ people a day out of Merriman’s kitchen and delivering over 500 of those meals to people who can’t leave their homes, don’t have fuel, etc. So far the restaurants have funded efforts themselves, with some help from suppliers, but there is a long way to go.

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Hawai'i Has Its First Carbon Neutral Restaurant, Thanks to Goats

Seaweed-fed goats, lighter wine bottles, and solar panels are among the many reasons this iconic restaurant has become carbon neutral.

by Regan Stephens - Published 3/8/23

When Peter Merriman opened his eponymous restaurant on Hawai'i’s Big Island in 1988, the chef was an early champion for working with local farmers and fishermen. Thirty-five years later, and with the help of solar panels, lighter wine bottles, and a new seaweed diet for goats, Merriman’s Waimea just became the state’s first carbon neutral restaurant.

“The restaurant business is a reflection of society, and [sustainability] is important for our industry, not just in Hawai'i, but all over,” says Merriman. “We can at least do our part.”

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Malama Hawaii - TBS JAPAN

Merriman’s Waimea was recently featured in a TV segment for TBS Japan as part of the "Malama Hawaii" program, interviewing Ben Brinton, Merriman’s Waimea's GM, highlighting the companies commitment to Hawaii Regional Cuisine.

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Sustainability Efforts

Merriman’s Waimea is going carbon neutral! We are proud to do our part for the planet and commit to being a carbon neutral restaurant. In partnership with GreenPlaces, we’ve completed our first carbon assessment to understand our emissions, offset those emissions by investing in verified environmental projects around the globe that reduce the amount of carbon in the atmosphere. Now we’re focused on our plan to reduce our footprint where we can. These exciting initiatives include expanding our solar capacity, switching to all electric kitchen equipment, exploring new sustainable alternatives to glass wine and spirit bottles, and investing in carbon-friendly, locally made, goat cheese!

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Maui No Ka Oi Magazine & Silver Shark Media Podcast - 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award

In this podcast Peter talks about what the past 2 years have been like, the correlation between staffing challenges and affordable housing on Maui, navigating through the workforce shortage in general, industry changes created by the pandemic that will stick around, what went into the decision to switch to a prix-fixe menu at Merriman’s Kapalua, the challenge the industry is facing with increased costs, how he will be the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Aipono Awards on August 20th, recounting what it was like to get local products for a restaurant back in the mid-80’s compared to what it’s like today, his passion for conservation and sustainability in Hawaii, his goal to transform one of his restaurants into a carbon neutral business (and what that will entail), and his goals in general for Merriman’s and Monkeypod here on Maui over the next 6-12 months.

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COVID-19 Is Airborne. So Why Doesn’t Hawaii Have Pandemic Air Quality Standards?

For years, Peter Merriman has been concerned about viruses like the flu spreading through the air of his restaurants.

So even before the pandemic, Merriman’s restaurant in Kakaako has pumped in enough outdoor air to turn it over 24 times per hour – more air exchanges than the standard hospital operating room.

More recently, he invested in carbon dioxide monitors and ultraviolet disinfection lights for the Oahu restaurant’s HVAC system, plus HEPA filters and carbon dioxide monitors at his Waimea location on Hawaii Island. His other two restaurants on Kauai and Maui are both open-air.

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Cheers Magazine article featuring Merriman’s Honolulu along with our Sommelier, Jim Lunchick, with highlights of a few favorite dishes and beverages. The story touches upon everything – from Peter and the start of Merriman’s, our beverage program and our team’s COVID strategies.

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Somebody Feed Phil - Netflix Series - Season 4, E:4

"Everybody Loves Raymond" creator Phil Rosenthal travels the globe to take in the local cuisine and culture. In Season 4 - Episode 4, Phil experiences the "Aloha Spirit" throughout Oahu and the Big Island ending on Kahua Ranch with Peter Merriman.

Mahalo & Aloha Phil!

This foodie favorite earned a 2019 Emmy Award nod for Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program.




- Outdoor and/or open-air seating options
- All tables spaced 6' or more apart
- Masks required when not eating or drinking
- Hand sanitizer stations available
- Sanitation of all tables and chairs after each use
- Daily staff health checks
- Ground markers for social distancing

Additional precautions for those sitting inside:

Merriman's Honolulu
- Check in at the host desk outside
- Glass partitions on all back-to-back booths
- UV germicidal lights in the air handling units
- HVAC system has 24 air changes per hour of fresh, outdoor air

Merriman's Waimea
- Dining room windows remain open for increased ventilation
- Commercial grade HEPA filters in the dining room, bathrooms and in front of the kitchen

As we continue to do the right thing for our staff and community, we ask that all of our guests Kokua (come together to respect all).

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PBN names Peter Merriman as Career Achievement honoree for annual Business Leadership Hawaii awards

Pacific Business News is excited to announce chef and restaurateur Peter Merriman as this year’s Career Achievement honoree for the annual Business Leadership Hawaii awards.

“I’m glad it’s the career [award] and not the lifetime because I thought hey, how old am I?” Merriman said with a laugh.

“It’s a real honor,” he added. “It’s an interesting time to be getting honors — it’s a precarious moment for any business in Hawaii, let alone the restaurant business.”

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