HRA Holiday Party Recap: Winter in Waikiki

HRA 2018 Annual Holiday Party HRA’s Annual Holiday Party kicked off at 5:30 p.m. on January 9th in the Lava Tube and Lanai of Tiki’s Grill & Bar for three hours of cocktails, heavy pupus and gelatos. Mahalo to all of the Restaurants, Beverage Sponsors, and Event Partners who participated! Guests enjoyed delicious heavy pupus…

HRA Legislative Talk Recap

Our Hawaii Restaurant Association (HRA), Legislative Committee Chairman, Victor Lim participated on a Legislative “Talk Story” panel discussion. The event was held at the Capitol on January 8th, 2019. Panelists were able to share their experiences and challenges and let elected officials know what they can do to ensure a stronger, more viable food industry…

The Culinary Institute of the Pacific at Kapi’olani Community College Announces the Continuation and Expansion of Their FREE Hospitality Apprenticeship Programs!

Hawaii Cook Apprentice Program Free 30-week Cook Certification program designed to provide all the fundamental and advanced skills a culinary professional needs to know. Available to any current back-of-the-house employee. Designed for full-time employees so classes are only once per week. Well-established program beginning its 4th session February 2019. Over 200 cooks on Oahu have taken part in this…

Service Animals Q and A

Service Animals can be a vital and even lifesaving helper to some of your guests. There can be confusion among restaurant staff and even other guests on service animals. I reached out to our great Disability & Communication Access Board, and below is the information I received that was written by the HI DoH and…

HRAEF announces ProStart event for students, instructors, parents and community

EXCITING NEWS! The Hawaii Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (HRAEF) has confirmed its first official ProStart event for students, instructors, parents and the community! This will be an event to showcase our ProStart students’ talents, give information to the community about the program and a night to relax and mingle. Please contact our Director of Development, Holly…

HRA Welcomes New Executive Director

On behalf of HRA’s Executive Committee & Board of Directors, we are excited to welcome our new Executive Director, Sheryl Matsuoka. As some of you may know, Sheryl took the reigns as Executive Director at the start of December 2018. She has also accepted the Executive Director position for HRA’s newly formed Educational Fund, as…