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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New Member Profile: RHS Distillery

Our mission is to offer our consumers locally produced, made with Aloha, thoughtfully crafted spirits using the highest quality ingredients available and transfer them into unique affordable luxury liquors and spirits supporting Hawaii Farmers and Honolulu Businesses. RHS Distillery’s vision is to excel in liquors making craft in Hawaii state combining old and new traditional European and American…

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The ProStart event of the year

The National ProStart Invitational (NPSI) took place May 8-10 in Washington DC and boy was it an event to remember! High school students from around the country competed in the categories of Culinary and Restaurant Management. The teams represented at NPSI are the state champions from 46 different states and were competing for some impressive scholarships…

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May is High Blood Pressure Education Month

Heart health is a key component in your overall wellness. It is important to know and understand your blood pressure level and take steps to reduce your risk of developing high blood pressure, or manage it appropriately to avoid complications. Nearly half of American adults have high blood pressure, and many may not know they…

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HOKU’S CHEF DE CUISINE ERIC OTO

Immensely talented O’ahu born and educated Eric Oto is Chef de Cuisine at Hoku’s, the fine dining restaurant at the legendary Kahala Hotel & Resort. Oto grew up with strong family ties to both the land and the ocean and is a fisherman, craftsman, farmer and cultivator. Eric Oto’s passion for the culinary arts began…

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HMAA ANNOUNCES EXCLUSIVE PARTNERSHIP WITH HRA

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Medical Assurance Association (HMAA) has partnered with the Hawaii Restaurant Association (HRA) to be HRA’s exclusive PPO Association Health Plan offering.   In making today’s partnership announcement, HMAA’s Executive Chairman John Henry Felix said, “We are delighted to bring to HRA’s members extensive health and wellness benefits and savings normally associated…

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Message from the Executive Director

Aloha!   Did you pre-register for The Hawaii Hotel & Restaurant Show? Contact me for your complimentary entry pass. We also have just a few booths left, reserve yours today!   https://hawaiihotelandrestaurantshow.com   Our Government Affairs Committee has been very busy and as our Legislative Session comes to a close (May 2nd). Please take a…

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There’s still time to enroll your staff in KCC’s FREE Culinary and Restaurant Manager Training Programs!

The Culinary Department at KCC has asked us to spread the word for them about last-minute openings in their two grant-funded Apprenticeship Programs that allow you to send your Cooks and Managers through FREE training. These classes are designed to elevate our hospitality workforce in Hawaii and have been incredibly popular over the past two…

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HRAEF Kickoff Event takes the industry by storm!

The Hawaii Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (HRAEF) is proud to announce that their Kickoff Event “Let’s Get Cooking” was a monumental success! With representation from all corners of the industry and food prepared and served by high school culinary students from Pearl City, Castle, Kaiser and Kaimuki High Schools, the event was a gastronomic delight…

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HRA’s Sushi and Sake Pa`ina Mixer Recap

HRA’s Sushi and Sake Pa`ina kicked off at 5:30 p.m. on March 18th on the patio of Shokudo.  Guests enjoyed delicious food by Shokudo Japanese Restaurant and Bar and finished off with Japanese inspired gelato from  IL Gelato.  HRA Board Member and HRA Educational Foundation Chair, Hide Sakurai, worked alongside his amazing team making hand…

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Food Safety – Summertime is HERE!!

Winter’s OVER!!   As the weather moves from warm to hot, there are a few things Restaurants should look out for.   You should always make sure all foods are received and held at the proper temperatures, but there are precautions that should not be overlooked or shortcutted.   Potentially Hazardous Foods -PHF- are vulnerable…

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Beware: If you own more than one restaurant which operates under the same name, you may have created an illegal and unintended franchise.

This sounds crazy, but it is actually very common and the consequences of creating an unintended franchise are substantial, serious, and include the possibility of both personal and criminal liability. Many well-intentioned operators have tried to avoid the franchise tag by referring to  their business relationships and partnerships as a “license,” or a “capital investment,”…

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HR Planning for Startups

From securing funding to hiring employees and leasing the right space, there are so many things to handle in a startup business. But what about human resources? Successful startups use HR planning to create HR processes, policies and plans that will help the business meet short-term needs and budgets that are flexible enough to adapt…

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HRA Legislative Pau Hana Recap, Co-sponsored with the Hawaii Food Industry Association (HFIA)

    On March 7, 2019 legislators and food industry professionals gathered at Hukilau Honolulu for a Pau Hana with Legislators. This annual event, sponsored by the HRA and Hawaii Food Industry Association (HFIA) is an outstanding opportunity to have face time with our state legislators and discuss issues important to our industry.  Over twenty…

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HRA Meets with NRA to Discuss Government Affairs

On February 15, 2019, Keith Stephenson, Director of State and Local Government Affairs for the National Restaurant Association visited Hawaii and the Hawaii Restaurant Association.  Executive Director Sheryl Matsuoka, HRA Treasurer Michael Miller, Incoming Chair Tom Jones, and Legislative Committee Chair Victor Lim met at Tiki’s Grill and Bar to discuss the issues the state…

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