Industry Spotlight: “Service doesn’t stop at guests’ tables”

Everyone feels that no one should go hungry. It’s a universal belief that is not politically charged or controversial. Toward that end, the Hawaii Foodbank is a wonderful organization and I just joined the Hawaii Foodbank board of directors. For eight years running it has earned a four-star rating from Charity Navigator for accountability and…

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Makai HR Article: Top 10 Ways to Reduce Employer Healthcare Costs

Written by Oralie Chapman Most Hawaii companies just got their health care renewal documents for January 1st, 2019. If you’ve had a chance to read them over you know that you are likely facing higher health care costs and renewal rates – right as you need to offer competitive benefits to attract employees in Hawaii’s…

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National Chiropractic Month

October is National Chiropractic Month. This is particularly relevant for restaurant workers who are at higher risk of injury due to the nature of rotating shifts with late or evening schedules, and the manual labor often associated with restaurant work. Back and shoulder pain are some of the most prevalent and disabling conditions throughout the…

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New Member Profile: YDS Restaurant Consulting

Yasmin De Souza is an Independent Restaurant Consultant based in Honolulu, Hawaii, who offers restaurant owners advice, ideas, support and training to improve all facets of their restaurant. Before starting YDS Restaurant Consulting in 2018, Yasmin spent eighteen plus years in the restaurant and service industry in Canada and the U.S. After successful careers starting…

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NEW MEMBER PROFILE: TGI Maps

“Where’s a good place to eat….?”   Hotel front desk staff tell us that this is still one of the top 3 questions their guests ask. One of the other top 3 questions is, “Do you have a map of the area?” TGI Hawaii publishes visitor maps customized for each hotel. But we are not…

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New Member Profile: Scott Crockford, CBRE Real Estate

Scott Crockford is a Vice President with CBRE Advisory and Transactions Services in Hawaii. Mr. Crockford has been a successful commercial real estate professional for 36 years and specializes in investment sales and leasing of all product types including office, industrial, retail and land sales. Throughout his career, Scott has been involved in more than…

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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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