Values & Equity
We as a society and as a restaurant family have a great opportunity for lasting positive change.
Here at Liholiho our core values are deeply regarded and discussed often. We are continuously contemplating how we can grow our value system to create a comforting environment. While we do not always agree, we strive for understanding. We feel these discussions allow us to grow as a team. As we continue to learn from and challenge each other, we have identified the following values as our focus and commitment to ourselves and to you.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion - We feel most comfortable when we exist as a diverse group. The inspiration born from learning each other's history, heritage and cultural richness is an incredible opportunity and a powerful tool shared amongst our team. We feel this translates to our guests and is contagious in our dining room. We are firm believers that equitable pay should be respected on all tiers of our restaurant family.
Growth Mindset - We should never stop learning, continuing to explore ways to make small improvements daily. A growth mindset allows for exploration, at times success and at times failure. Always providing opportunities to learn and grow.
Care - We strive to keep our restaurant family's well being at the forefront of our minds, dictating our decision making. Recognizing that each person's life looks different and everyone processes uniquely. Our goal is to provide a support community that values integrity, transparency and trust in each other. We care about the quality of our work, the people with whom we work, and the people who benefit from our work.
Empowerment - To our restaurant family, empowerment is a direct result of care. With care and patience, comes trust, empathy and the ongoing search for brilliance. We want individuals to take empowered risks. With these trials and errors our restaurant family strives to act as a safety net for one another. When we are empowered, we exist with a sense of ease and happiness.
It is because of the above values and their importance to us that we have implemented changes. We have moved to an equitable compensation model to provide more equality. This new system creates equity in the way we pay and helps to close the historically large pay gap between restaurant positions. We believe in living wages, mental health benefits and furthering education for staff.
It's not uncommon for a busy or successful restaurant to exist with a 3-5% profit margin or sometimes even 0% during slower months. Yet, restaurants staying true to hospitality with their deep roots in nurturing will often be the first to donate to Public Schools, Charities, or the first to react to natural disasters. Systems need to be reevaluated and rebuilt and our communication with guests needs to be more forthright and transparent.
More than anything else the pandemic has taught us to reset, reexamine and most importantly to take care of one another through a lens of kindness and care.
*Equity Fee - This is incredibly important to us. We believe the public should not decide which staff member earns more. For far too long there have been inequities and imbalance in restaurant pay scales. We are looking to disrupt this archaic system. We instead structure pay equitably, so all staff benefits and not just some.