Executive Director’s Message: Another Legislative Session comes to a close.

Each year starts out with the hopes of personal resolutions and a more profitable year than last. But it also kicks off a new legislative session. There are many proposed bills that arise, some from past years and others brand new. This year’s legislative session was no different. Our responsibility as an association representing an…

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Industry Spotlight: Jason Peel, Chef Instructor, Culinary Arts Program, Kapi‘olani Community College

This may not be a popular thing to say, but Hawai‘i’s restaurant market is saturated. The amount of restaurants popping up, I think it’s just too much, honestly. There’s a lot of great chefs and cooks here in Hawai‘i, but you can’t do it all yourself, you need a good supporting staff. With this many…

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Tips for Healthy Kidneys

By Jennifer Hernandez RD, LD Registered dietitian National Kidney Foundation of Hawai’i     Did you know that the risk for developing kidney disease in Hawai’i is 30 percent higher than the mainland? One of the reasons we have a higher risk in Hawai’i is due to our ethnicities. Native Hawaiian, Filipino, Pacific Islander, and…

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POS connected Digital Menu Boards allow your menus to update themselves.

Today’s digital menu boards have evolved from a simple playlist of images and videos to fully integrated restaurant solutions.   Many restaurants have decided to test the digital menu waters with cheaper consumer TVs and USB content.  While this can be a cost-effective way to start, it doesn’t take advantage of all the features that provide…

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This Month’s Food Safety Tip: Sanitizers and Proper Levels

A key part of providing safe food is properly sanitizing surfaces in your operation. These are not the most exciting subjects in any food operation, but not paying attention to them can result in a yellow DoH placard, allow excessive bacteria grow, or even cause chemical poisoning. What do sanitizers do? They do not sterilize…

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Member Feature: Big Island Dairy

Big Island Dairy is a 3rd generation family-owned farm with over 40 years of experience in dairy. Our family purchased an existing dairy on the Hamakua Coast in 2011. Since then, we have built a new milk house, built more comfortable facilities for the cows, and constructed a brand new milk manufacturing plant. In 1984,…

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Hepatitis Awareness Month

Hepatitis is a condition that refers to inflammation of the liver, resulting in minor to severe illness. You may recall the Hepatitis A outbreak that greatly impacted our local community two years ago. May is Hepatitis Awareness Month, a good time to think about doing our part to prevent future outbreaks. There are three types…

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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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