19 Things I LOVE

Ahhh – Valentines Day. My thoughts turn to Love… things I Love to see in a safe kitchen that is!! These are a few good practices that I love to see, and are great suggestions for your operation We preach to wash your hands for 20 seconds. Placing a clock right by the sink with…

Ko’olau Distillery – Old Pali Road Whiskey

Hand bottled at the Ko’oalu Distillery by U.S. Marine Corps combat veterans, LtCol Ian Brooks and LtCol Eric Dill – the very first batch of Old Pali Road whiskey, numbered 001, received a traditional Hawai’i blessing and has just been released. With extensive and distinguished military careers in the United States Marine Corps, LtCol Ian…

When to Hire or Outsource HR

Small business owners and CEOs of startups are known for wearing many hats – sometimes more than one person can reasonably handle. In some cases, one or two employees are given with many roles; your front desk person might also be handling the bookkeeping, for example. When a business is small – 50 employees or…

City Auditor’s Report Gets Down to the Facts

I want to thank City Auditor Edwin Young, who recently released a report which confirms a lot of what our association of restaurant operators has learned over years of searching for the most environmentally friendly options for our customers. The report, commissioned by the City Council, is a thorough analysis of the likely economic and…

February is Heart Month

February is American Heart Month and a great opportunity to help spread awareness about preventing heart disease. The American Heart Association (AHA) reports heart disease and related conditions cost the U.S. roughly $313 billion each year in healthcare and medication costs and lost productivity. Many forms of heart disease can be prevented or managed with a…

New Member Profile: Attorney Julie Suen

Attorney Julie Suen’s estate planning practice focuses on helping families enhance their lives today and secure their futures.  Fluent in both English and Chinese, she reaches out to families on Honolulu, all the Hawaiian Islands and beyond.   Julie began her practice of law since May 2007.  She uses compassion and her legal experience to…

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…