On Monday, March 20, 2017 at The Kahala Hotel and Resort, over 200 Hawaii Restaurant Association members and guests were in attendance to witness over 40 employees of various Hawaii restaurants and food service companies receive awards during the Employee Appreciation and Excellence Awards ceremony.
In addition, this year HRA added a new category – Best New Restaurant of 2016. Over 20 restaurants were nominated for this honor.
And the winners are:
Front of House – Restaurant
John Romero (Sommelier) / STRIPSTEAK WAIKIKI
Back of House – Restaurant
Collin Brown (Cook) / IL GELATO HAWAII
Front of House – Allied
Leila Perreira (Customer Service Representative) / Y. HATA & CO., LTD.
Back of House – Allied
Shirley Chu (Nutrition Assistant) / KAISER PERMANENTE
Best New Restaurant of 2016: Moena Cafe / Kapolei