Quenching the staffing quandary

A solution for the biggest business challenge Hawaii Restaurant Association [HRA] members encounter, has arrived! HRA Culinary Jobs Hawaii will support employee recruitment and retention for all aspects of the food service industry. The comprehensive jobs portal was created by a partnership between the HRA and Oahu Publications Inc., Hawaii’s largest media company and publisher…

HRA Holiday Party Re-cap

On December 4, 2017 over 175 HRA members and guests celebrated the Holiday Season at WISP Restaurant and Lounge in Waikiki.  The party provided something for everyone!  There was a raffle with great prizes, party games for the young at heart, a photo booth to unleash your playful side and of course a visit from…

Hawaiian Cool Water Taps Andrew Ling as Regional Rep

Kitchen design consultant Andrew Ling is the new regional representative for Hawaiian Cool Water, the state’s leader in reverse osmosis, UV-filtered water coolers, ice machines and sparkling water systems. With a BFA in Interior Design from Chaminade, and previously a project manager with Mid-City Restaurant Supply, Ling has deep experience in both the local restaurant…

Managing Stress During the Holiday Season

The holiday season can be one of the best times of the year, but it can get pretty stressful traveling to be with family, making sure meals are cooked, and purchasing and wrapping gifts. An American Psychological Association poll reported 8 out of 10 individuals expected to experience increased stress levels during the holiday season.…

Oktoberfest Pa`ina HRA Mixer Recap

On October 24, 2017 the Hawaii Restaurant Association held Oktoberfest Pa`ina, a membership mixer, at Honolulu Beerworks in Kaakako. Over 150 members and guests attended and were treated to special brews by our host restaurant, Honolulu Beerworks, fantastic live music by EMKE Hawaii, and a special presentation by Food Gurus Hawaii communications director Erika Engle…

Saying NO to Norovirus

Last month, a local restaurant was in the news as suspected of having a Norovirus Outbreak. The restaurant had a great response, which included shutting down for a few days – over the weekend to boot, discarding all foods on premise, and cleaning of all surfaces in the restaurant, front and back of house. They…

How Much Cash is Sitting on Your Shelves?

The primary difference between cash and inventory is one is kept locked in a safe and the other is sitting on your refrigerator and store room shelves. Here’s another difference; with cash, you can immediately take it to the bank, use it to buy more product or pay your staff. Not so with inventory. The only way to…