HRAEF Fundraiser Held at HRA Golf Tournament

On June 27th the HRA Educational Foundation held a two hole fundraiser at the 12th Annual HRA Golf Tournament at the Hawaii Prince Golf Club. It was a great day on the course for golfers and a perfect opportunity to inform folks about the important educational initiatives in which the Educational Foundation is currently involved.…

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Executive Director’s Message

HRA’s 13th Annual Hall of Fame is quickly approaching! Monday September 23, 2019 will soon be here.  HRA’s premier event will be held in the heart of Waikiki, at the beautiful Sheraton Waikiki. Join us in celebrating the best of the best, the pioneers, the trailblazers and the leaders of Hawaii’ restaurant industry.  Save the…

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HIOSH – Do you want to pay some steep fines?

HIOSH has been increasing visits to restaurants and food facilities. They inspect for safe working conditions in your facility. They have visited 2 facilities that I know of. The most recent received a $20,000 fine. Yes, you read that correctly, $20,000. Do you have an extra 20k just laying around in your budget?? I doubt…

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Have you considered HRA’s Association Health Plan for your employees?

Take advantage of preferred pricing for HRA Regular members and other qualified HRA employers throughout the state. Our health plan offering with HMAA includes:       Benefit-rich or low-cost plans to suit your company’s needs       Free access to physicians 24/7 through phone or online video       Alternative care including…

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HRA 12th Annual Golf Tournament Recap

On behalf of the Hawaii Restaurant Association, I would like to extend my gratitude to all the golfers, sponsors, those who donated prizes, volunteers and everyone else that played a part in making this year’s Annual Golf Tournament the most successful one yet!   Over 200 golfers had a wonderful time on the Hawaii Prince…

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HRA’s Bloomin’ to Summer Mixer Recap

The HRA’s Bloomin’ to Summer networking mixer was a hit with all of our attendees, it was a packed house!  I would like to send a huge Mahalo to Paul Reynolds of Outback Steakhouse and their Hawaii Kai location for hosting the Hawaii Restaurant Association and arranging a perfect evening.   The Managers and Staff…

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New Member Profile – Aaron Kekoolani

I’m a licensed Agency Owner with Allstate Insurance we handle Property, Casualty, Life and Health insurance for both personal and commercial customers. I really enjoy being an Agent because I’m able to help so many people. Being involved in the community is important because I’ve been able to impact the lives of families beyond insurance. I’m…

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New federal standards for high chairs coming in 2019

Will your seating for babies be compliant? Courtesy of Nation’s Restaurant News Authored by Lisa Jennings, originally published Oct 16, 2018 Millennial consumers are increasingly having babies, and restaurants are becoming more family friendly to meet their needs. Soon that may mean rethinking restaurant high chairs. The Consumer Product Safety Commission, or CSPC, in June…

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New Member Profile – Island Olive Oil Company

At Island Olive Oil Company, the focus is on high quality, fresh products that come straight from the producer. This family-owned business has been bringing small batch, specialty extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars to Hawaii for over five years.  Each batch of olive oil is lab tested to ensure they have the highest…

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Executive Director’s Message

On behalf of The Hawaii Restaurant Association, I would like to express my sincere appreciation to everyone who participated in this year’s Hawaii Hotel and Restaurant Show!   Both attendees and exhibitors alike gave us very positive feedback. It was great to connect with our members and we can’t wait for next year’s show!  …

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HMAA New Partnership brings value to HRA Members

For HRA Regular members and other qualified HRA employers throughout the state, our new benefit plan offering with HMAA will bring value to your employees and their families.   Preferred Pricing Take advantage of preferred pricing through the HRA Association Health Plan.   You Have Choices Choose from benefit-rich or low-cost plans to suit your company’s…

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Hawaii Mocktails 2019 Event Recap

The Hawaii Restaurant Association and DTRIC Insurance partnered with the state’s best bartenders & mixologists and the winners are: Those who know how to have fun while enjoying alcohol-free beverages! Yes, HRA believes that having alcohol should be a choice. By offering mocktail options alongside classic cocktails, drinking and dining establishments are creating an inclusive…

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The Hawaii Hotel & Restaurant Show Recap

A partnership made in Hospitality Heaven! The Hawaii Restaurant Association, The Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association and The Honolulu Star Advertiser’s Star Events team held the premier hospitality trade show in the state at the Convention Center on May 29th and 30th, 2019.                   The show provided…

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HRAEF/PROSTART NEWS

As we wrapped up the 2018-19 school year, the Hawaii Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (HRAEF) was very honored to award  a ProStart student the  first scholarship from the foundation! Jimmy Nguyen from Farrington High School completed all of the requirements to earn his Certificate of Achievement (COA) which is a nationally recognized credential issued by the…

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New member Real Gastro Pub

REAL gastropub is truly the first REAL gastropub in Honolulu, Hawaii. Embracing the craft beer culture, we travelled throughout the Pacific Northwest, East and West Coast and visited numerous locations to capture the REAL essence and characteristics of a true gastropub.  After searching for the ideal location in Honolulu for almost three years, REAL gastropub…

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Sunset at Cinnamon’s Mixer Recap

HRA’s Sunset at Cinnamon’s kicked off at 5:30 p.m. on May 20th at Cinnamon’s at the Ilikai.  Guests mixed, mingled, enjoyed winning raffle prizes and took in Waikiki’s beautiful sunset while enjoying the food provided by Cinnamon’s and IL Gelato. Mahalo to Young’s Market, Hawaii Volcanic Water, Il Gelato David Livingston, and Kaiser Permanente for…

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Washing Produce – more than just a spray under the faucet!!

People are starting to eat more salads and fresh produce. Cooked foods have holding and cooking temps to protect those foods, but what about greens and produce that are in salads? Proper washing is a key element in safer salads. The  illnesses that can be caused by unwashed or improperly washed produce include Salmonella, E.Coli…

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From Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel to Craft Distiller

Eric Dill Turns a Dream Into Reality as He Shares His Passion   The idea of creating a distillery in Hawaii started three years ago but the infatuation with distilling began a decade earlier while I was deployed in Iraq and read a news story about some service members who were caught making moonshine. I…

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Message from the Executive Director

Aloha!   Your Government Affairs Committee & Chair, Victor Lim may now take a well-deserved breather for the next 2 weeks. Then, we will be starting up our committee meetings again, strategizing on how we will be uniting as an industry, along with our industry partners, HLTA, HFIA & HCC for next year’s legislative session.…

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