Message from the Executive Director

Aloha!   Did you pre-register for The Hawaii Hotel & Restaurant Show? Contact me for your complimentary entry pass. We also have just a few booths left, reserve yours today!   https://hawaiihotelandrestaurantshow.com   Our Government Affairs Committee has been very busy and as our Legislative Session comes to a close (May 2nd). Please take a…

HRAEF Kickoff Event takes the industry by storm!

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…

HRA’s Sushi and Sake Pa`ina Mixer Recap

HRA’s Sushi and Sake Pa`ina kicked off at 5:30 p.m. on March 18th on the patio of Shokudo.  Guests enjoyed delicious food by Shokudo Japanese Restaurant and Bar and finished off with Japanese inspired gelato from  IL Gelato.  HRA Board Member and HRA Educational Foundation Chair, Hide Sakurai, worked alongside his amazing team making hand…

Food Safety – Summertime is HERE!!

Winter’s OVER!!   As the weather moves from warm to hot, there are a few things Restaurants should look out for.   You should always make sure all foods are received and held at the proper temperatures, but there are precautions that should not be overlooked or shortcutted.   Potentially Hazardous Foods -PHF- are vulnerable…

Beware: If you own more than one restaurant which operates under the same name, you may have created an illegal and unintended franchise.

This sounds crazy, but it is actually very common and the consequences of creating an unintended franchise are substantial, serious, and include the possibility of both personal and criminal liability. Many well-intentioned operators have tried to avoid the franchise tag by referring to  their business relationships and partnerships as a “license,” or a “capital investment,”…

Spring Fresh Meal Options

Spring is here, a season that brings a craving for new and healthy meal options for your customers to enjoy. Offering a variety of fresh and flavorful meals can be a huge help to guests who are trying to stick to healthy eating goals. This is the best time for new crops of fresh fruits…

HR Planning for Startups

From securing funding to hiring employees and leasing the right space, there are so many things to handle in a startup business. But what about human resources? Successful startups use HR planning to create HR processes, policies and plans that will help the business meet short-term needs and budgets that are flexible enough to adapt…

Message From the Executive Director

Aloha!   Your Hawaii Restaurant Association Government Affairs Committee had a very busy February and March has been even busier – and now we need your help. There are issues in front of us that deal with minimum wages, bans on plastics, and many more issues that might place our businesses in jeopardy. We ask…

Industry Spotlight: Don Murphy

Food Gurus HQ recently sat down with Murphy’s Bar & Grill owner, Don Murphy, to find out what makes this Chinatown bar and restaurant icon tick. We found a charming industry professional, passionate about his business and the people he works with and serves.   FGHQ – Don, where did you grow up and spend…