New Member Profile: Attorney Julie Suen

Attorney Julie Suen’s estate planning practice focuses on helping families enhance their lives today and secure their futures.  Fluent in both English and Chinese, she reaches out to families on Honolulu, all the Hawaiian Islands and beyond.   Julie began her practice of law since May 2007.  She uses compassion and her legal experience to…

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HRA Holiday Party Recap: Winter in Waikiki

HRA 2018 Annual Holiday Party HRA’s Annual Holiday Party kicked off at 5:30 p.m. on January 9th in the Lava Tube and Lanai of Tiki’s Grill & Bar for three hours of cocktails, heavy pupus and gelatos. Mahalo to all of the Restaurants, Beverage Sponsors, and Event Partners who participated! Guests enjoyed delicious heavy pupus…

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HRA Legislative Talk Recap

Our Hawaii Restaurant Association (HRA), Legislative Committee Chairman, Victor Lim participated on a Legislative “Talk Story” panel discussion. The event was held at the Capitol on January 8th, 2019. Panelists were able to share their experiences and challenges and let elected officials know what they can do to ensure a stronger, more viable food industry…

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The Culinary Institute of the Pacific at Kapi’olani Community College Announces the Continuation and Expansion of Their FREE Hospitality Apprenticeship Programs!

Hawaii Cook Apprentice Program Free 30-week Cook Certification program designed to provide all the fundamental and advanced skills a culinary professional needs to know. Available to any current back-of-the-house employee. Designed for full-time employees so classes are only once per week. Well-established program beginning its 4th session February 2019. Over 200 cooks on Oahu have taken part in this…

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Service Animals Q and A

Service Animals can be a vital and even lifesaving helper to some of your guests. There can be confusion among restaurant staff and even other guests on service animals. I reached out to our great Disability & Communication Access Board, and below is the information I received that was written by the HI DoH and…

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HRAEF announces ProStart event for students, instructors, parents and community

EXCITING NEWS! The Hawaii Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (HRAEF) has confirmed its first official ProStart event for students, instructors, parents and the community! This will be an event to showcase our ProStart students’ talents, give information to the community about the program and a night to relax and mingle. Please contact our Director of Development, Holly…

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HRA Welcomes New Executive Director

On behalf of HRA’s Executive Committee & Board of Directors, we are excited to welcome our new Executive Director, Sheryl Matsuoka. As some of you may know, Sheryl took the reigns as Executive Director at the start of December 2018. She has also accepted the Executive Director position for HRA’s newly formed Educational Fund, as…

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Make a Resolution to See Your Doctor in 2019

In the New Year, many people are making resolutions to be healthier. The first stop on the road to a healthier you should be at your primary care physician’s (PCP) office. Regular visits with your PCP can help identify potential health issues before they become serious, and give you a better chance of recovery if…

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Industry Spotlight: Party time at our house(s)

Operators tend to get very busy during the holiday season with buyouts or private room bookings for company parties — but what about us? The Hawai‘i Restaurant Association thought we’d ask some members what they do for their employees at this time of year. Burgers on Bishop, owned and operated by Liz Hata-Watanabe, is new,…

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HRA’s 12th Annual Hall of Fame Event Recap

The Hawaii Restaurant Association’s 12th Annual Hall of Fame Induction & Chefs of Aloha Dine Around was held on Monday, November 19th at the Sheraton Waikiki. The HRA Hall of Fame celebrates the accomplishments of outstanding restaurateurs and chefs who have made lasting, substantial and distinctive contributions to the restaurant and food service industry in Hawaii. These contributions demonstrate…

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HRA Educational Foundation looking for new chef mentors and restaurants who want to hire interns

The Hawaii Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (HRAEF), through its high school culinary program ProStart, continues to work with high school students throughout the state. We have many projects underway at the moment, including the creation of multiple social media platforms which will highlight the students and instructors who are taking part in the program and…

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KCC Culinary School Announces FREE Cook Certification Program

Through a federal grant, the Culinary Institute of the Pacific via the Kapi’olani Community College Culinary Department, is able to offer a FREE State Cook Certificate program to anyone who’s working as a cook (prep, line, sous, exec, etc) at any food-service establishment on Oahu. This program, known as the Hawaii Cook Apprentice Program, is…

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Industry Spotlight: Stan Miller, founder and president Anna Miller’s Restaurants

In our 45 years of operations in Hawai‘i I have never seen a greater assault on the restaurant industry than at the present time. Our Industry and Hawai‘i’s Economy The industry is a major contributor to the state’s economy. Hawai‘i’s restaurant and foodservice operators account for over 96,000 jobs, which represent 15 percent of all…

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HRA Educational Foundation Non-Profit Status Approved

Exciting News! The Hawaii Restaurant Association is thrilled to announce that it’s Educational Foundation has been approved for 501(c)(3) non-profit status! The Hawaii Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (HRAEF) will serve our community by offering job-training and readiness throughout all of Hawaii to people of all ages. The Foundation, along with the incredible support and dedication…

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12 Days of Food Safety

As we are now into the Holiday Season, here are my 12 Safe Food Days of Christmas. It would be naughty to not follow and review these with your team. 1 – Train/retrain/reinforce with all employee’s proper handwashing – Proper Handwashing is probably the best way to avoid spreading illness. 2 – Avoid cross contamination…

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Workers’ Compensation Basics for Employers in Hawaii

by Makai HR It is a fact of life that despite best efforts to create a safe work environment, some employees will be hurt on the job. Employees in blue and gray industries are especially vulnerable to workplace injuries, making workers’ compensation (WC) very important to their employers. Providing workers’ compensation means that if your…

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Member Profile: Tasty Safety

I authored the book “Tasty Safety” to both chronicle my experiences, good and bad, as well as to guide readers on the path to food safety. Why? To protect our loved ones, ourselves and our country from potentially lethal foodborne illnesses. I provide compliance solutions from my breadth of real-world food safety expertise based on…

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