Industry Spotlight: Party time at our house(s)

Operators tend to get very busy during the holiday season with buyouts or private room bookings for company parties — but what about us? The Hawai‘i Restaurant Association thought we’d ask some members what they do for their employees at this time of year. Burgers on Bishop, owned and operated by Liz Hata-Watanabe, is new,…

HRA’s 12th Annual Hall of Fame Event Recap

The Hawaii Restaurant Association’s 12th Annual Hall of Fame Induction & Chefs of Aloha Dine Around was held on Monday, November 19th at the Sheraton Waikiki. The HRA Hall of Fame celebrates the accomplishments of outstanding restaurateurs and chefs who have made lasting, substantial and distinctive contributions to the restaurant and food service industry in Hawaii. These contributions demonstrate…

HRA Educational Foundation looking for new chef mentors and restaurants who want to hire interns

The Hawaii Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (HRAEF), through its high school culinary program ProStart, continues to work with high school students throughout the state. We have many projects underway at the moment, including the creation of multiple social media platforms which will highlight the students and instructors who are taking part in the program and…

HRA Educational Foundation Non-Profit Status Approved

Exciting News! The Hawaii Restaurant Association is thrilled to announce that it’s Educational Foundation has been approved for 501(c)(3) non-profit status! The Hawaii Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (HRAEF) will serve our community by offering job-training and readiness throughout all of Hawaii to people of all ages. The Foundation, along with the incredible support and dedication…

12 Days of Food Safety

As we are now into the Holiday Season, here are my 12 Safe Food Days of Christmas. It would be naughty to not follow and review these with your team. 1 – Train/retrain/reinforce with all employee’s proper handwashing – Proper Handwashing is probably the best way to avoid spreading illness. 2 – Avoid cross contamination…