HRA 2017 Employee Appreciation and Excellence Awards Recap

2017-EAEA Winners Photo

Top Row (L-R): Michael Miller (Tiki’s Grill & Bar) / HRA Chairman, Gregg Fraser / HRA Executive Director. Bottom Row (L-R): Collin Brown, Leila Perreira, Eric Change (Chef Owner, Moena Cafe), Shirley Chu, John Romero.

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.

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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

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