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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March Food Safety Education: Where do these crazy rules come from?

Just how are regulations made? Why are rules different from state to state? Why are they updated? Here is a little background to understand why and how we have new regulations being added to the Food Code. The Food Code has been around in a basic form from the early 20th century. Rules were not…

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IL Gelato Hawai’i Spins-Off a New Service Business – Dolce Hawai’i Equipment & Supply, Specializing in Preventive Maintenance Service for Restaurants

IL Gelato Hawai‘i, a long time HRA member, has expanded its scope of business to include a new service company, Dolce Hawai’i Equipment & Supply, to provide preventive maintenance service to restaurants and kitchens. IL Gelato is an authentic Italian style gelateria on O‘ahu that makes all-natural gourmet gelato and offers wholesale and catering services…

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HRAEF – ProStart Launch Party

The Kickoff Event for the Hawaii Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (HRAEF) is right around the corner! The event will be held on April 4, from 6-8pm at the Honolulu Coffee Experience Center located at 1800 Kalakaua Ave. The event supports the efforts of the Hawaii ProStart Program created by the National Restaurant Association and administered…

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The Culinary Institute of the Pacific at KCC has openings in their FREE Hospitality Apprenticeship Training 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. Well-established program beginning its 4th session April 26, 2019. Over 200 cooks on Oahu have taken part in this program over the past two years. Available to any current back-of-the-house employee. Designed for full-time employees…

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March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Preventive screenings are key to early detection for colorectal cancer, the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. Colon cancer affects men and women of all racial and ethnic groups, and is most often found in people 50 to 75 years old who have a history of tobacco use, are overweight, drink…

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Plans for the HRAEF Kickoff Party on April 4th are well underway!

The HRAEF Marketing Committee has been working hard to create a unique event to showcase culinary students from three local high schools – Castle, Kaiser and Pearl City and to raise funds to further support these students in their career pathways into the hospitality industry. This will be a fun evening filled with student-prepared pupus,…

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Ko’olau Distillery – Old Pali Road Whiskey

Hand bottled at the Ko’oalu Distillery by U.S. Marine Corps combat veterans, LtCol Ian Brooks and LtCol Eric Dill – the very first batch of Old Pali Road whiskey, numbered 001, received a traditional Hawai’i blessing and has just been released. With extensive and distinguished military careers in the United States Marine Corps, LtCol Ian…

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City Auditor’s Report Gets Down to the Facts

I want to thank City Auditor Edwin Young, who recently released a report which confirms a lot of what our association of restaurant operators has learned over years of searching for the most environmentally friendly options for our customers. The report, commissioned by the City Council, is a thorough analysis of the likely economic and…

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February is Heart Month

February is American Heart Month and a great opportunity to help spread awareness about preventing heart disease. The American Heart Association (AHA) reports heart disease and related conditions cost the U.S. roughly $313 billion each year in healthcare and medication costs and lost productivity. Many forms of heart disease can be prevented or managed with a…

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Honolulu Liquor Commission 6th Annual Licensee Symposium “Business Concepts for the 21st Century”

Honolulu Liquor Commission’s 6th Annual Licensee Symposium “Business Concepts for the 21st Century” was held on February 7th, 2018. It was a packed room, as the City and County of Honolulu Liquor Commission held the 6th Annual Licensee Symposium at the Blaisdell Center. HRA Treasurer, and past Chairman Michael Miller from Tiki’s was selected to…

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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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