The Hawaii Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (HRAEF) is proud to announce that their Kickoff Event “Let’s Get Cooking” was a monumental success! With representation from all corners of the industry and food prepared and served by high school culinary students from Pearl City, Castle, Kaiser and Kaimuki High Schools, the event was a gastronomic delight and a wonderful opportunity for the HRAEF to create awareness for their ProStart Program. The crowd was musically entertained by Paul Yakota – HRAEF Board Member and President of FCH Enterprises, while hearing speeches from industry influencers such as Stevette Santiago: Executive Director of Merchandise & Marketing at Y. Hata, John Richards: Dean of Career & Technical Education at Kapi’olani Community College, and were even fortunate enough to have Deputy Superintendent of Public Schools, Phyllis Unebasami in attendance showing her support. With a silent auction and raffle stocked with generous donations from over 30 local restaurants and industry suppliers, the energy was lively and the donations were rolling in. The HRAEF would like to thank all of their many volunteers and donors who truly came together and worked tirelessly to make this event an absolute success! They look forward to continuing to gain industry recognition and expand their reach to all corners of Hawaii.