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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November is National Diabetes Month

This month we are focusing on diabetes – the 7th leading cause of death in the United States. The American Diabetes Association reports 30.3 million Americans have diabetes with 7.2 million of those undiagnosed. Even more staggering, 84.1 million American adults are pre-diabetic and about 1.5 million individuals are diagnosed with diabetes annually. Last year…

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Why are clean floor drains important?

An area that is easily overlooked until you have an invasion of Drain Flies is keeping your floor drains clean. Dirty and slimy drains are frequently cited on DoH reports and noted by your Pest Control Operator. Floor drain bowls gradually buildup the organic material that is dumped down the sink. What builds up is…

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Industry Spotlight: “Service doesn’t stop at guests’ tables”

    Everyone feels that no one should go hungry. It’s a universal belief that is not politically charged or controversial. Toward that end, the Hawaii Foodbank is a wonderful organization and I just joined the Hawaii Foodbank board of directors. For eight years running it has earned a four-star rating from Charity Navigator for…

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Top 10 Ways to Reduce Employer Healthcare Costs

Written by Oralie Chapman Most Hawaii companies just got their health care renewal documents for January 1st, 2019. If you’ve had a chance to read them over you know that you are likely facing higher health care costs and renewal rates – right as you need to offer competitive benefits to attract employees in Hawaii’s…

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National Chiropractic Month

October is National Chiropractic Month. This is particularly relevant for restaurant workers who are at higher risk of injury due to the nature of rotating shifts with late or evening schedules, and the manual labor often associated with restaurant work. Back and shoulder pain are some of the most prevalent and disabling conditions throughout the…

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New Member Profile: YDS Restaurant Consulting

Yasmin De Souza is an Independent Restaurant Consultant based in Honolulu, Hawaii, who offers restaurant owners advice, ideas, support and training to improve all facets of their restaurant. Before starting YDS Restaurant Consulting in 2018, Yasmin spent eighteen plus years in the restaurant and service industry in Canada and the U.S. After successful careers starting…

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NEW MEMBER PROFILE: TGI Maps

“Where’s a good place to eat….?”   Hotel front desk staff tell us that this is still one of the top 3 questions their guests ask. One of the other top 3 questions is, “Do you have a map of the area?” TGI Hawaii publishes visitor maps customized for each hotel. But we are not…

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New Member Profile: Scott Crockford, CBRE Real Estate

Scott Crockford is a Vice President with CBRE Advisory and Transactions Services in Hawaii. Mr. Crockford has been a successful commercial real estate professional for 36 years and specializes in investment sales and leasing of all product types including office, industrial, retail and land sales. Throughout his career, Scott has been involved in more than…

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