Hawaii Department of Agriculture: Prawn Workshop Announcement

Freshwater prawns were farmed in Hawaii on a large scale in the past. By 1976, 14 prawn farms produced 19,500 kg of product. Later farmers turned to marine shrimp farming. Today, there is an abundant supply of Pacific white shrimp on the market. Some consumers want to try something different than shrimp. Hawaii freshwater prawns…

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Hawaii Lodging, Hospitality & Foodservice Expo Recap

On July 11 and 12, 2018 the Hawaii Restaurant Association participated in the Hawaii Lodging, Hospitality & Foodservice Expo. The HRA booth was front and center at the Expo entrance, as we greeted all of the attendees. Thanks to our booth marketing partners: Sanikleen, ProTouch, Piper Products, Open Table and Food Gurus who proudly displayed…

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“Hawaii Mocktails” Event Recap

Feature Image (above):  People’s Choice Mocktail Winner Mauna Kea Resort’s “Strawberry Basil Mule”, displayed with one of event sponsor Bai’s “São Paulo Strawberry Lemonade” lo-cal beverage. On June 26, Hawaii’s top mixologists gathered at Waikiki Yokocho to delight us with their unique creations of 0% alcohol, 100% great mocktails.  It was a fun filled evening…

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Summer Superfoods for a Healthy Diet

Summer is in full swing, and many people have “getting healthier” on their to-do list this season. Restaurants have a great opportunity to help customers make healthy meal choices by offering options that are rich in nutrients while also satisfying those summer cravings. Superfoods are nutrient-rich and provide antioxidants that detoxify your body. Learn how…

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Member Profile: Waikiki Brewing Company

Waikiki Brewing Company opened its first location in Waikiki in 2015.  The seven barrel brewhouse in Waikiki is capable of producing 1600 barrels a year and was at capacity almost immediately, leading the brewery to start looking for a second location.  They found the ideal spot in Honolulu’s historic brewing district in up and coming…

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Member Profile: First Commercial Kitchen

First Commercial Kitchen LLC is Hawaii’s first and foremost food processing incubator, “commercializing your favorite recipes….for pleasure, profit, and posterity” since 1982.  We have helped numerous chefs and restaurants create and manufacture their house dressings, sauces, etc.. for retail sale, as well as for in-house use. We now introduce a revolutionary Nanotechnology floor coating, first…

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HRA 2018 Golf Tournament, Best Yet!!!

The 11th Annual HRA Golf Tournament was held at the Hawaii Prince Golf Course on Thursday, June 7th.
It was a great day of golf, networking, food and drink!
Thank you to our amazing sponsors and supporters for making this year’s tourney the best yet!

Hawaii Restaurant Association Annual Membership Meeting

On May 9, 2018, HRA held its 2018 Annual Meeting at the Hawaii Prince Hotel. Over 40 members were in attendance to hear a report on the year’s activities.  HRA works hard to keep our members engaged by offering many events throughout the year. Highlights of the meeting included the financial report which reported robust…

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June Food Safety Tip – Preparing for DoH Food Safety Audit

While Health Department visits can be stressful, if you have a properly designed and followed Food Safety Program, your blood pressure should not have to spike. DoH inspectors are visiting to make sure safe food is being served, not to get your restaurant in trouble.  Let’s talk a little on what to do when the…

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June Health Tip – Healthy Sleep for Shift Workers

June is National Safety Month, an opportune time to highlight the impact of sleep on job performance and safety. Sleep plays an important role in your physical and mental health. Working in the restaurant industry comes with a fun and fast-paced lifestyle, but with shifts that end late into the evening or starting bright and…

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Industry Spotlight: Conrad Nonaka, Culinary program director considered industry linchpin (courtesy of the Honolulu Star Advertiser)

  Conrad Nonaka, a chef, restaurateur and longtime supporter of the local culinary industry, died the morning of June 2 at Straub Medical Center in Honolulu. He was 68. Nonaka, director of the Culinary Institute of the Pacific, is credited with overseeing construction of the new Diamond Head campus, developing culinary education across all the…

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HRA May Day Mixer Recap

On May 29th over 60 HRA members and guests gathered at Outback Steakhouse in Hawaii Kai for the HRA May Day Membership Mixer. Tyler Roukema, HRA board chairman, hosted a bountiful pau hana on the lanai, with sweeping ocean views and a beautiful sunset. We were treated to live music and fantastic Outback Steakhouse heavy…

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New Member Profile: KOA Pancake House

In 1988, husband and wife, Il Man and Sam Soon Chung opened up their very first dine-in breakfast and lunch restaurant on the island of O’ahu. Designed from Hawaiian Koa wood, the first Koa Pancake House was born. To expand the brand, the Chungs’ decided to open up a second location in 2001, to provide…

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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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