Message from the Executive Director



Your Government Affairs Committee & Chair, Victor Lim may now take a well-deserved breather for the next 2 weeks. Then, we will be starting up our committee meetings again, strategizing on how we will be uniting as an industry, along with our industry partners, HLTA, HFIA & HCC for next year’s legislative session.


Did you see the article in the National Restaurant Association’s Front Burner?

“While it appeared in recent weeks that Hawaii was on the verge of adopting a $15 minimum wage, the bill was shelved just two hours before the legislative deadline thanks in part to the hard work of Legislative Chair Victor Lim and the Hawaii Restaurant Association, as well as the Hawaii Chamber of Commerce, among others.


At the same time, the industry made progress on another bill making its way through the Aloha State’s legislature. It originally called for a comprehensive ban on polystyrene and single-use plastic straws, bottles, bags, stirrers, and utensils, was amended to create a “plastics source reduction working group” to study the issue and make recommendations at a later date.”




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If you didn’t register for the Hawaii Hotel and Restaurant Show yet, you should register today! Avoid the long lines. And while you are at the show, stop by your HRA booth as we will be making 2 luggage tags for all HRA members.


All members are welcome to attend our HRA Annual Member’s Meeting.


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Looking forward to seeing you at the Convention Center!

HRA Executive Director Sheryl Matsuoka


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