HRA Labor Day Paina Mixer recap

Re-posted with permission from Pomai Souza, Tasty island Honolulu Food Blog.  You can go to original blog posting by CLICKING HERE.


This year’s Hawaii Restaurant Association Labor Day Paina was held Tuesday evening, August 21, 2018 at Lucky Strike Social in Ala Moana Center.  Festivities included complimentary food, drinks, bowling, networking and raffle prize giveaways.

Pomai with Michael Miller of Tiki’s Bar & Grill (HRA Board of Directors)

Shinogu Sato (R) wins the Maui Getaway raffle grand prize! (L) Presentor and EMCEE and HRA Board Director Dan Pence (Hawaii Volcanic Beverages)

Hawaii has more than 3,500 food service locations directly employing more than 90,200 residents. Mixers such as this are where influential restaurateurs and HRA affiliated members get their views on the very latest news affecting the dynamic industry. Event sponsor Food Gurus Hawaii presented a short video interviewing Top of Waikiki’s Executive Chef Lance Kosaka and his love-hate connection to food.

Onolicious handcrafted gastropub pupus created by Lucky Strike Executive Chef David Saccomanno were offered to guests throughout the evening. Particular favorites were the Crab Cake and Kalua Pig Wonton, which were absolutely stellar!

Jason Gardner (The Satellite Guy), Matthew Rose (Sanikleen Corp.), Bill Lane (DHX Dependable Hawaiian Express) and Jerry Agrusa (University of Hawaii)

Erika Engle presenting a video by Food Gurus Hawaii

Guests also enjoyed the HRA bowling competition in the exclusive Living Lounge 4-lane party room, where the event was held, located 1 level above the Lucky Strike arcade, where Shirokiya’s retail departments used to be. The event was capped off with a raffle ticket grand prize, a Maui getaway for two, including roundtrip airfare, a 2-night stay at the Aston Papakea Lahaina and a $100gift card for Bev Gannon’s highly acclaimed restaurant, the Ha’ilimaile General Store.

HRA members get their bowling game on

Grilled Shrimp with Sweet Thai Chili Sauce

Crab Cake








Mongolian Beef skewer


The Hawaii Restaurant Association Labor Day Paina mixer was sponsored by First Insurance Company of HawaiiFood Gurus Hawai‘iHawaii GasBargreen EllingsonY.Hata/ChefZone and Hawaii Volcanic Beverages.



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