This Month’s Food Safety Tip: Employee Drinks and Eating

A frequent cause of violations during inspections is improper staff drink usage. The goal is to avoid contact with surfaces that have been touched by a person’s lips. Drinks should be in a covered cup with a straw, placed away from the work and food area.  Using an open cup or glass allows the possibility…

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New Member Profile: SENSEI

SENSEI is here to guide you towards greater wellbeing. Founded by Dr. David Agus and Larry Ellison, our ecosystem of products and experiences is designed with one intention: to empower you to grow well. What guides us is a belief that knowledge is the greatest tool in health, and that technology allows us to unlock…

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New Member Profile: BELFOR

BELFOR is the largest global disaster recovery and property restoration company in the world with more than 300 offices worldwide in 21 countries. BELFOR has the experience, resources, technologies, financial strength and capabilities to respond to any disaster – large or small – and offer a comprehensive selection of services from water extraction and reconstruction…

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HRA Member HAWAII GAS Begins Renewable Energy Project

Hawaiʻi Gas is embarking on an exciting project this year, one that will benefit the community and the environment. Renewable natural gas, or RNG, is one of the company’s key priorities as it looks to Hawaiʻi’s clean energy future.  As part of that effort, Hawaiʻi Gas secured an agreement with the City & County of…

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Industry Spotlight: Howard Dicus

I’ve done a lot of different things in a 47-year journalism career: radio, television, print, online; newscasting, reporting, editing; CD reviews, a humor column, commentaries and cartoons. But I’ve never been a restaurant critic. Before moving to Hawai‘i, my thoughts about restaurants were largely confined to having a short list of restaurants I liked, usually…

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Alcohol Awareness Month

April is Alcohol Awareness Month – a time when communities should come together to reduce the stigma associated with alcoholism as well as work toward preventing the disease. Alcoholism can be life-long, passed down through genetics, and fatal if left untreated. Roughly 20 million individuals in the U.S. are aiming to overcome this disease. Restaurants…

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HRA February Chinese New Year Membership Mixer Recap

Gung Hee Fat Choy! On February 20, 2018 over 90 HRA members and industry guests gathered at Ala Wai Golf Course Club House in Waikiki for the first Membership Mixer of 2018. HRA Legacy Sponsor First Insurance Company of Hawaii introduced a new product geared specifically for restaurants in the unfortunate circumstances of a food…

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Executive Director’s Message: Let’s Talk Litter

The first quarter of every year comes a number of things, one of which is the Legislative Session. This year we see many of the same issues coming to light; Labor related issues, Health care issues, Litter initiatives amongst many others. The challenge during this period is deciding what issues will truly be of benefit…

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March Food Safety Tip: Spring is coming – so are flies!!

Filth Flies just love being in restaurants, and basic preventative measures go a long way to avoiding an infestation. Filth Flies include Drain and Fruit. These are those little things that don’t fly too fast and just seem to meander around. They can usually be found in or around uncleaned floor drains, soda BiB storage…

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Industry Spotlight: Aaron Placourakis

Aaron Placourakis President and CEO, AMP Restaurants Ltd., a multi-unit operation on Maui – – – The best part of the changes that I’ve seen over my last four decades in the industry is the level of employees that we can access. Back in the day, some people were only working in the industry until…

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Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. More than 135,000 people will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and more than 50,200 will die of the disease this year. Although it is one of the deadliest forms of cancer, it can be cured…

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Restaurant Recovery Insurance to the Rescue

How to protect your business when food contamination strikes The kitchen is heating up, and unfortunately, it is not just from the oven.  With the risk of foodborne illnesses, recalls, and reputational damage, it’s a wonder restauranteurs get any sleep at night. On top of that are the constant pressures of marketing your restaurant and…

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FDA Menu Regulations & Nutritional Labeling, what you need to know for 2018

Your Quick Guide to FDA Menu Labeling Regulations Let’s start by making sure we have a definition of the main subject regarding who and what is covered by the FDA Menu Labeling Regulations. The FDA has a final advisory and a suggested implementation date for owners of multi-unit food service outlets that describes labeling of…

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HRA Restauranteur Board Directors Interviewed on Radio Mojo!

Saturday, February 10th at 10am for one hour on AM 1500 NBCSportsRadio, Tom Jones of Gyotaku Japanese Restaurants, and Michael Miller of Tiki’s Grill & Bar joined Radio Mojo Host Jo McGarry to discuss legislative bills that have great effect on Hawaii’s restaurant industry. Looking beyond the food & beverage into the business of running a restaurant, the very tight margins…

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New Member profile: Martin Loyche – Piper Products

“Martin Loyche has a background as a Certified Executive Chef with over 20 years of experience working in European Michelin Restaurants, Hotels and Corporate Dining for Walt Disney. He is the Corporate Executive Chef and Product Specialist for Piper Products Inc. / LaCrosse / R&D Fixtures representing the company in Hawai’i. PIPER PRODUCTS is a…

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Feature: HRA 2018 Legislative Outlook

The eyes of the Hawaii Restaurant Association are wide open and watchful as the 2018 session of the Hawaii State Legislature undertakes its business for the year. “We are in the last year of the minimum wage provision, and I think the minimum wage bills will continue to be something that we can look forward…

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New Member Profile: Patrice and Associates

Patrice and Associates is one of the world’s largest hospitality recruiting firms and has been in business for more than 27 years. Over these years, we have honed our methods and processes and we stand out from our competition by focusing on sourcing the best, top-level candidates. We source candidates in many ways, including: Sourcing…

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