LIHU‘E — On Tuesday, the State of Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism (DBEDT) announced a website for the unemployed to check to see if they are eligible to receive the $500 restaurant debit card issued by the state as part of the Economic Relief Program.
Qualified recipients will automatically receive this benefit beginning Oct. 16. Hawai‘i residents who opened an initial Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim on or after March 1, 2020; certified that their job loss is due to the COVID-19 pandemic; and received UI benefits during the month of September 2020, are eligible for this program. There is no need to apply.
Residents can check their eligibility status at www.myrestaurantcard.hawaii.gov.
The use of the debit card is limited to certain participating restaurants.
If the cardholder does not use up all of the funds on their card, by Dec. 15, it will be returned to the State of Hawai‘i.
For more info go to www.hawaiirestaurantcard.com.