Message From the Executive Director

Aloha!   Your Hawaii Restaurant Association Government Affairs Committee had a very busy February and March has been even busier – and now we need your help. There are issues in front of us that deal with minimum wages, bans on plastics, and many more issues that might place our businesses in jeopardy. We ask…

Industry Spotlight: Don Murphy

Food Gurus HQ recently sat down with Murphy’s Bar & Grill owner, Don Murphy, to find out what makes this Chinatown bar and restaurant icon tick. We found a charming industry professional, passionate about his business and the people he works with and serves.   FGHQ – Don, where did you grow up and spend…

HRA Meets with NRA to Discuss Government Affairs

On February 15, 2019, Keith Stephenson, Director of State and Local Government Affairs for the National Restaurant Association visited Hawaii and the Hawaii Restaurant Association.  Executive Director Sheryl Matsuoka, HRA Treasurer Michael Miller, Incoming Chair Tom Jones, and Legislative Committee Chair Victor Lim met at Tiki’s Grill and Bar to discuss the issues the state…

IL Gelato Hawai’i Spins-Off a New Service Business – Dolce Hawai’i Equipment & Supply, Specializing in Preventive Maintenance Service for Restaurants

IL Gelato Hawai‘i, a long time HRA member, has expanded its scope of business to include a new service company, Dolce Hawai’i Equipment & Supply, to provide preventive maintenance service to restaurants and kitchens. IL Gelato is an authentic Italian style gelateria on O‘ahu that makes all-natural gourmet gelato and offers wholesale and catering services…

HRAEF – ProStart Launch Party

The Kickoff Event for the Hawaii Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (HRAEF) is right around the corner! The event will be held on April 4, from 6-8pm at the Honolulu Coffee Experience Center located at 1800 Kalakaua Ave. The event supports the efforts of the Hawaii ProStart Program created by the National Restaurant Association and administered…

The Culinary Institute of the Pacific at KCC has openings in their FREE Hospitality Apprenticeship Training Programs!

Hawaii Cook Apprentice Program Free 30-week Cook Certification program designed to provide all the fundamental and advanced skills a culinary professional needs to know. Well-established program beginning its 4th session April 26, 2019. Over 200 cooks on Oahu have taken part in this program over the past two years. Available to any current back-of-the-house employee. Designed for full-time employees…

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Preventive screenings are key to early detection for colorectal cancer, the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. Colon cancer affects men and women of all racial and ethnic groups, and is most often found in people 50 to 75 years old who have a history of tobacco use, are overweight, drink…