HRAEF Fundraiser Held at HRA Golf Tournament

On June 27th the HRA Educational Foundation held a two hole fundraiser at the 12th Annual HRA Golf Tournament at the Hawaii Prince Golf Club. It was a great day on the course for golfers and a perfect opportunity to inform folks about the important educational initiatives in which the Educational Foundation is currently involved.…

Industry Spotlight: Frank Clark – Waikiki Yokocho

A talented Honolulu-based serial entrepreneur is the mastermind behind the creation of Waikiki Yokocho. This first-of-its-kind, one-of-a-kind dining experience, in Hawaii, came about as a result of one man’s decades-long passion for Japanese culture and cuisine. That man is Frank Clark. A talented Honolulu-based serial entrepreneur is the mastermind behind the creation of Waikiki Yokocho.…

Executive Director’s Message

HRA’s 13th Annual Hall of Fame is quickly approaching! Monday September 23, 2019 will soon be here.  HRA’s premier event will be held in the heart of Waikiki, at the beautiful Sheraton Waikiki. Join us in celebrating the best of the best, the pioneers, the trailblazers and the leaders of Hawaii’ restaurant industry.  Save the…

HIOSH – Do you want to pay some steep fines?

HIOSH has been increasing visits to restaurants and food facilities. They inspect for safe working conditions in your facility. They have visited 2 facilities that I know of. The most recent received a $20,000 fine. Yes, you read that correctly, $20,000. Do you have an extra 20k just laying around in your budget?? I doubt…

HRA 12th Annual Golf Tournament Recap

On behalf of the Hawaii Restaurant Association, I would like to extend my gratitude to all the golfers, sponsors, those who donated prizes, volunteers and everyone else that played a part in making this year’s Annual Golf Tournament the most successful one yet!   Over 200 golfers had a wonderful time on the Hawaii Prince…

HRA’s Bloomin’ to Summer Mixer Recap

The HRA’s Bloomin’ to Summer networking mixer was a hit with all of our attendees, it was a packed house!  I would like to send a huge Mahalo to Paul Reynolds of Outback Steakhouse and their Hawaii Kai location for hosting the Hawaii Restaurant Association and arranging a perfect evening.   The Managers and Staff…

New Member Profile – Aaron Kekoolani

I’m a licensed Agency Owner with Allstate Insurance we handle Property, Casualty, Life and Health insurance for both personal and commercial customers. I really enjoy being an Agent because I’m able to help so many people. Being involved in the community is important because I’ve been able to impact the lives of families beyond insurance. I’m…

New federal standards for high chairs coming in 2019

Will your seating for babies be compliant? Courtesy of Nation’s Restaurant News Authored by Lisa Jennings, originally published Oct 16, 2018 Millennial consumers are increasingly having babies, and restaurants are becoming more family friendly to meet their needs. Soon that may mean rethinking restaurant high chairs. The Consumer Product Safety Commission, or CSPC, in June…

New Member Profile – Island Olive Oil Company

At Island Olive Oil Company, the focus is on high quality, fresh products that come straight from the producer. This family-owned business has been bringing small batch, specialty extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars to Hawaii for over five years.  Each batch of olive oil is lab tested to ensure they have the highest…