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 of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, MidWeek, Hawaii Tribune-Herald, West Hawaii Today, The Garden Island, and many other print and online media around the state. The portal is powered by global online recruitment engine Monster.com.

“The initiative began with the HRA membership committee, evaluating the best way to bring value to the HRA community,” said Doug Harris, membership committee chair and CEO of Food Gurus Hawaii.

“After a year of evaluating our options, the OPI/Monster.com classified jobs team, technology, resources and infrastructure made for an attractive partner,” Harris said.

The new initiative is part of the HRA mission to provide real, truly valuable labor support to not just restaurants, but the broader food service industry throughout Hawaii.

The online job portal is meant to benefit anyone looking for a job in the food service industry, yes, in restaurants, but also across the entire industry spectrum, from food manufacturers to distributors and everything in between.

“The pages of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser have long reported on Hawaii’s record-low unemployment, so we know all too well of the critical need for qualified, reliable workers,” said Patrick Klein, vice president of advertising for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. “We saw partnering with the Hawaii Restaurant Association on the HRA Culinary Jobs Hawaii employment initiative, as a way to help support one of the largest, most crucial industries in our state.”

Prime job-seeking candidates include “culinary students from the HRA Educational Foundation and the Culinary Institute of the Pacific, all the way up to adults that are looking for a change in career, or need additional household income,” said Gregg Fraser, executive director.

The job portal is launching with a free introductory special of 100 free ad postings for one month for active HRA members.

Ads will appear for 30 days on the Star-Advertiser’s jobs website, powered by Monster.com, a global online recruitment engine. They will also appear for two weeks in the Star-Advertiser’s Job Section on Sundays, and they will appear in promotional ads at staradvertiser.com, with a total introductory package value of more than $1,000.

To sign up, email  jobs@staradvertiser.com or call Cyd Kamakea at 808-529-4819.

“There’s never been a better time, in the 70 years of the Hawaii Restaurant Association, to become a part of it,” Fraser said. HRA is a member-based organization, so “the more members we have the more resources we have to effectively and efficiently support the food service industry in the state of Hawaii.”


Hawaii Restaurant Association

(808) 944-9105


Media contact:

Erika Engle

Communications Director

Food Gurus Hawaii

(808) 946-4525



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