Hawaii Energy’s Serve Up Savings Program for Restaurants

Food service establishments are making the shift, by swapping out outdated kitchen equipment for energy efficient ones, which results in higher quality food. Energy efficiency really is a win-win situation! In this course, we’re giving you tips on how to identify energy-guzzling equipment, along with a guide for how you can break habits that are…

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New Member Profile: The Honolulu Club Bar and Lounge

The Honolulu Club Bar and Lounge (open to the public) is the ideal hangout spot to socialize, relax or watch a game with your friends. Every week the Club invites talented musicians to entertain and delight our members and guests with its warm and inviting interior, excellent staff and a fine selection of drinks and…

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Setting Goals for the New Year

It’s a new year, and for most of us that means it’s time to set some goals for the next twelve months – and hopefully stick to them. Those who set goals in advance are ten times more likely to achieve them than those who do not. Here are some tips on setting resolutions to…

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Hawaii Revises Food Safety Regs a Year After Hep A Outbreak

A year after a Hepatitis A outbreak traced to scallops sickened almost 300 people, killing two, the Hawaii Department of Health is imposing new food safety regulations. The cornerstone of the state’s updated food safety code is the requirement that all “food establishments” have at least one “person in charge” who has a food handlers…

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Quenching the staffing quandary

A solution for the biggest business challenge Hawaii Restaurant Association [HRA] members encounter, has arrived! HRA Culinary Jobs Hawaii will support employee recruitment and retention for all aspects of the food service industry. The comprehensive jobs portal was created by a partnership between the HRA and Oahu Publications Inc., Hawaii’s largest media company and publisher…

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HRA Holiday Party Re-cap

On December 4, 2017 over 175 HRA members and guests celebrated the Holiday Season at WISP Restaurant and Lounge in Waikiki.  The party provided something for everyone!  There was a raffle with great prizes, party games for the young at heart, a photo booth to unleash your playful side and of course a visit from…

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Does my restaurant need SDS OR MSDS INFORMATION?

Proper use of the chemicals found in your facility is an important factor in safe food and to your staff. Just as important as proper temperatures of foods, improper chemical use can make your diners severely ill, and your staff could get ill or injured. Your staff needs to know the proper way to use…

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Hawaiian Cool Water Taps Andrew Ling as Regional Rep

Kitchen design consultant Andrew Ling is the new regional representative for Hawaiian Cool Water, the state’s leader in reverse osmosis, UV-filtered water coolers, ice machines and sparkling water systems. With a BFA in Interior Design from Chaminade, and previously a project manager with Mid-City Restaurant Supply, Ling has deep experience in both the local restaurant…

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Managing Stress During the Holiday Season

The holiday season can be one of the best times of the year, but it can get pretty stressful traveling to be with family, making sure meals are cooked, and purchasing and wrapping gifts. An American Psychological Association poll reported 8 out of 10 individuals expected to experience increased stress levels during the holiday season.…

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Executive Director’s Message: Be prepared! Minimum wage rises to $10.10 January 1st, 2018

There are creative ways to help save on labor costs as the minimum wage goes up to $10.10 at the turn of the new year. One of those ways, is to utilize the tip credit. Both the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations and the U.S. Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division offer resources…

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Oktoberfest Pa`ina HRA Mixer Recap

On October 24, 2017 the Hawaii Restaurant Association held Oktoberfest Pa`ina, a membership mixer, at Honolulu Beerworks in Kaakako. Over 150 members and guests attended and were treated to special brews by our host restaurant, Honolulu Beerworks, fantastic live music by EMKE Hawaii, and a special presentation by Food Gurus Hawaii communications director Erika Engle…

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Saying NO to Norovirus

Last month, a local restaurant was in the news as suspected of having a Norovirus Outbreak. The restaurant had a great response, which included shutting down for a few days – over the weekend to boot, discarding all foods on premise, and cleaning of all surfaces in the restaurant, front and back of house. They…

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How Much Cash is Sitting on Your Shelves?

The primary difference between cash and inventory is one is kept locked in a safe and the other is sitting on your refrigerator and store room shelves. Here’s another difference; with cash, you can immediately take it to the bank, use it to buy more product or pay your staff. Not so with inventory. The only way to…

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Industry Spotlight: John “At-Your-Service” Romero

I was raised in Claremont, a college town outside of Los Angeles.  Enjoying the California lifestyle growing up I was passionate about food, art, and skateboarding.  I attended High School extension courses on full scholarship to Pasadena Art Center College of Design while being sponsored and competing in the California Amateur Skateboard League.  The summer…

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New Member Profile: Mahaloha Burger

  Mahaloha Burger is the brainchild of local Hawaiian Jesse Aguinaldo. After years working in the restaurant industry in Las Vegas, Jesse decided to come back home to Hawaii with the vision of opening up a burger joint that serves burgers made with fresh never frozen quality grass-fed beef and fresh natural ingredients without breaking…

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New Member Profile: Pint Size Hawaii

  Who We Are Pint Size Hawaii is a full-service DSD distributor that has been operating in the Hawaiian Islands for over 30 years.  Unlike broad-line distributors, Pint Size Hawaii represents select, market-dominant brands and provides a full array of services and logistics to support both our suppliers and our customers. We have an outstanding…

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It’s National Diabetes Month

November is National Diabetes Month, which is a great opportunity to spend some time learning about diabetes and how to prevent or manage it. Diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States. Its progression can result in major life-threating complications including stroke, kidney disease, nerve damage, and skin…

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Hawaii Restaurant Association’s 11th Annual Hall of Fame Gala – by Hawaii Mom Blog

Originally Published on Hawaii Mom Blog, September 19, 2017 Last night I had the honor of attending the Hawaii Restaurant Association’s 11th Annual Hall of Fame Gala. The event brings together people from across the state and beyond to pay tribute to those who have helped to create and shape Hawaii’s culinary scene. The 11th…

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Industry Spotlight – Food Media Placement Tips by Erika Engle

It may be easier than you think to get free coverage for your food and beverage business, even if you don’t know anybody in the media industry. First, decide where you want to be seen. To determine that, answer some questions. What’s your product? Who is, or who are your customers? Who are the customers you don’t…

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Mahalo from the Chairman – October 2017

In this month’s Mahalo from the Chairman piece I wanted to recognize a very special person to the Hawaii Restaurant Association, Matt Rose from the Sanikleen Corporation.   Matt has been an active member of the HRA since 2015 and has been making a noticeable impact ever since.  Matt has been serving on the Marketing…

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