What Oahu’s Low Unemployment Rate Means for Hawaiian Employers

Written by Oralie Chapman Oahu recently set the country’s record for lowest unemployment rate at 1.9%!Labor costs are the biggest expense for all businesses but with Hawaii’s unemployment rate under 2%, labor costs are at an all-time high as employers compete to attract qualified workers by increasing pay and improving benefits. Many small to medium…

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HRA Labor Day Paina Mixer recap

Re-posted with permission from Pomai Souza, Tasty island Honolulu Food Blog.  You can go to original blog posting by CLICKING HERE.   This year’s Hawaii Restaurant Association Labor Day Paina was held Tuesday evening, August 21, 2018 at Lucky Strike Social in Ala Moana Center.  Festivities included complimentary food, drinks, bowling, networking and raffle prize giveaways. Hawaii…

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Industry Spotlight: Generations of local flavors, bottled!

Brian Tanigawa, Aloha Shoyu Company Ltd. Aloha Shoyu: Tried, true and transforming Hawai‘i is home for our company. Although we’ve expanded to the mainland, first in California and now in Las Vegas, we’re still a local, traditional Hawai‘i company. Aloha Shoyu Company Ltd. was started in 1946 by five local families, three of which are…

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Loss of Power and Flooding – some basic guidelines

We on Oahu got lucky with Lane not really affecting us, but really beat up Maui and Big Island. Kauai is still drying up from last spring. It is Hurricane season, and more storms could be heading our way.. This link https://www.foodsafetynews.com/2018/09/hundreds-of-pashas-customers-report-illnesses-some-positive-for-salmonella/ opens a story about a restaurant in Texas that lost its power for…

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4th Quarter 2018 – Holiday Season is upon us.

Where has the year gone? The holiday season is upon us and with it comes the opportunity to offer your guests that feeling of home at your establishment through a holiday menu. We don’t have the snow and our trees don’t change colors but we sure do have the holiday spirit here. People tend to…

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Member Profile: Matheson Tri-Gas

MATHESON is a single source for industrial, medical, specialty and electronic gases, welding and safety supplies, gas handling equipment, high performance purification systems, engineering and gas management services, and on-site gas generation with a mission to deliver innovative solutions for global customer requirements. MATHESON is the largest subsidiary of the TAIYO NIPPON SANSO CORPORATION Group,…

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Member Profile: MD Restoration

MD Restoration is Hawaii’s most comprehensive locally owned and operated disaster recovery firm. From its humble beginnings as a cleaning and janitorial company in 2002 MD Restoration has always followed the mantra: “treat every customer as if they were family.” 16 years later MD Restoration has grown to over 65 team members and 40 company vehicles…

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What You Need to Know About the Flu (Influenza)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that 5% to 20% of the U.S. population will get the flu this season, and 310,000 individuals will be hospitalized for flu-related illnesses.   When is flu season? The timing is unpredictable and varies by year. Some flu viruses circulate during the summer and influenza activity…

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New Changes to State Food Safety Law

Notice and highlights courtesy of Tina Rogers, Ai Kahu Culinary Solutions, & NRA ServSafe On September 2, 2018 the State of Hawaii’s revised Food Safety Law goes into effect, and this what it means to your food service establishment  Five Highlights from the New FDA Food Code By now, you’ve probably heard about the recently released…

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HMAA Presents Keiki in the Kitchen, Oct. 28

Calling all culinary superstars! We encourage young chefs to submit their best original recipe by September 21 for a chance to win a 2-night stay at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa! Finalists will prepare their dishes for celebrity chef judges at Keiki in the Kitchen on October 28 at the Hawaii Convention Center. Keiki…

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HawaiiMenuPrinting.com

We Design, Manage, Print and Deliver your Printed Menus. As low as $25 for Qty 25. Free Delivery on all islands! Graphics Design by Marketing Professionals. Great Paper and 1200 dpi Digital Printing Daily or Weekly Changes. Printed in Honolulu. chris@hawaiimenuprinting.com or Call 808-673-6214 Chris holds 15 patents for medical, software and printing inventions and…

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MAMA MANOA – Pizza, Wings and Greens!

Mama Manoa restaurant opened on March 2, 2018 in Manoa. The quaint Italian Bistro features Pizza, Wings and Greens in a relaxed atmosphere that pays tribute to local Hawaii athletes and University of Hawaii Rainbow Warrior Spirit. Guests at Mama Manoa may dine on the outdoor patio complete with waterfall and fresh herb garden while…

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August Food Safety Tip: Handling and Washing Produce

Too often we hear in the news that a fresh vegetable or fruit is implicated in a potential foodborne illness. Aside from discarding affected products when announced, what is the proper way to handle and wash fresh produce? The process starts with ordering! Use only approved vendors, and do not over-order. A full case of…

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Learn To Serve Up Savings with Hawai‘i Energy!

Back by popular demand, Hawai‘i Energy’s Serve Up Savings workshop teaches foodservice professionals how saving energy in the kitchen can actually improve cooking productivity while saving your business money! Join many local food service establishments by learning to think about energy-efficient kitchen equipment and practices, and how saving energy really is a win-win situation! In…

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Industry Spotlight: Chef James Aptakin, Chef/owner Layers of Flavor, Seafood winner, World Food Championships.

Exciting food trends are developing in Hawai‘i’s restaurant scene. The islands have always been a mixed plate of cultures and ethnic cuisines and that mix is more prevalent today than ever, with chefs bringing their backgrounds and techniques and fusing them with Hawaii Regional Cuisine. You have more chefs from New York and Japan and…

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Support Farmers Markets in August

National Farmers Market Week was August 5-11, but why stop with just one week? August is a great time to promote and support farmers markets and show how valuable they can be to the community. In Hawai‘i, we know what it means to care for ‘ohana. By shopping at farmers markets, you give local families…

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July Food Safety Education: Are you ready for the new regulations?

The Hawaii DoH is gradually improving and raising the food safety standards, and this September 2nd, they are implementing some key regulations from the 2013 FDA Food Code. These are all welcome changes and work to increase the level of food safety here in Hawaii. The areas affecting most restaurants are: During working hours, and…

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Industry Spotlight: Jason and Channon Donovan, Hawaii Volcanic Beverages Co-founders

Hawaii Volcanic Beverages’ water stands out in a crowded field of competition, not just because of what’s in the bottle, but because of how the genuinely pure, infused-by-nature, mineral- and alkaline-rich water supports our mission to benefit Hawai‘i. Anybody can rent a warehouse and purify water with reverse osmosis and bottle it and call it…

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Hawaii Department of Agriculture: Prawn Workshop Announcement

Freshwater prawns were farmed in Hawaii on a large scale in the past. By 1976, 14 prawn farms produced 19,500 kg of product. Later farmers turned to marine shrimp farming. Today, there is an abundant supply of Pacific white shrimp on the market. Some consumers want to try something different than shrimp. Hawaii freshwater prawns…

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Hawaii Lodging, Hospitality & Foodservice Expo Recap

On July 11 and 12, 2018 the Hawaii Restaurant Association participated in the Hawaii Lodging, Hospitality & Foodservice Expo. The HRA booth was front and center at the Expo entrance, as we greeted all of the attendees. Thanks to our booth marketing partners: Sanikleen, ProTouch, Piper Products, Open Table and Food Gurus who proudly displayed…

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