June Health Tip – Healthy Sleep for Shift Workers

June is National Safety Month, an opportune time to highlight the impact of sleep on job performance and safety. Sleep plays an important role in your physical and mental health. Working in the restaurant industry comes with a fun and fast-paced lifestyle, but with shifts that end late into the evening or starting bright and…

Industry Spotlight: Conrad Nonaka, Culinary program director considered industry linchpin (courtesy of the Honolulu Star Advertiser)

  Conrad Nonaka, a chef, restaurateur and longtime supporter of the local culinary industry, died the morning of June 2 at Straub Medical Center in Honolulu. He was 68. Nonaka, director of the Culinary Institute of the Pacific, is credited with overseeing construction of the new Diamond Head campus, developing culinary education across all the…

HRA May Day Mixer Recap

On May 29th over 60 HRA members and guests gathered at Outback Steakhouse in Hawaii Kai for the HRA May Day Membership Mixer. Tyler Roukema, HRA board chairman, hosted a bountiful pau hana on the lanai, with sweeping ocean views and a beautiful sunset. We were treated to live music and fantastic Outback Steakhouse heavy…

New Member Profile: KOA Pancake House

In 1988, husband and wife, Il Man and Sam Soon Chung opened up their very first dine-in breakfast and lunch restaurant on the island of O’ahu. Designed from Hawaiian Koa wood, the first Koa Pancake House was born. To expand the brand, the Chungs’ decided to open up a second location in 2001, to provide…