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Hard Rock Cafe celebrates 25 meaningful years in Lahaina Town

By Staff | Jul 30, 2015

From left, Hard Rock Cafe General Manager Rede Eader, Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa and Hard Rock Cafe Sales & Marketing Manager Ryan Beenken hold the County of Maui Proclamation for Hard Rock Cafe Maui’s 25th Anniversary last week Thursday. PHOTO BY KAREE CARLUCCI.

LAHAINA – On July 23, 2015, Hard Rock Cafe Maui at 900 Front St. commemorated 25 years of “loving all and serving all” in the community with a luncheon and mayoral proclamation.

Former employees, local business leaders, Mayor Alan Arakawa and his wife, Ann, were hosted with a hot and cold buffet lunch in Hard Rock Cafe.

Mayor Arakawa presented Hard Rock Cafe Maui General Manager Rede Eader with an official proclamation by the County of Maui.

The proclamation cited Hard Rock Cafe’s 25 years of feeding the homeless, the hungry and those in need on Thanksgiving Day as well as raising funds for local nonprofit organizations such as Feed My Sheep, Salvation Army, Women Helping Women, Maui Surfrider Foundation, Pacific Cancer Foundation and Maui Humane Society.

Eader noted, “The philanthropic component is always part of Hard Rock Cafe. You can take from a community, but if you don’t give back, you can’t really be part of it. Each cafe has an Ambassador Program, which is run by staff and supported by management. Our annual drive has been teaching families how to feed themselves and be sustainable as part of the John Lennon Estate’s Imagine Drive. It’s a good feeling to be on the side of giving.”

Hard Rock Cafe Maui’s longtime server, Athena Medina, displays a tray of cheeseburger sliders, which were available to guests for only 25 cents each during the 25th Anniversary celebration on July 23. PHOTO BY KAREE CARLUCCI.

Longtime server Athena Medina explained why she enjoys working at Hard Rock Cafe: “It’s about the people. We have great conversations about music and concerts. I love the great views, too.”