Executive Directors Message

The one thing that all of the inductees to our Hall of Fame has in common is that they all contributed greatly to our foodservice & business industry. They planted a seed that grew into a thriving business that supported our local families. They taught by example and showed that hard work can be rewarding.…

HRA Industry Profile Joslynne McDonough – GM Hula Hula’s Grand Naniloa (Hilo)

Beauty and Grace with Passion and Place. “My mentors were industry Rockstars, James Beard-nominated chef Jamilka Borges of Independent and Hidden Harbor, and Advanced Sommelier Sarah Thomas of Le Bernadine, and co-creator of Kalamata’s Kitchen Kids Books,” said Hula Hula’s GM, Joslynne McDonough. While Joslynne McDonough grew up and cut her culinary teeth in Pittsburgh,…

HMAA Supports Our Culture of Happiness and Wellbeing

“My employees absolutely love HMAA! To put it plainly, we would receive gripes and moans about our previous health plan provider because our staff felt restricted within their network, but since switching, there have been none.” Thomas Ray, Co-owner   Like many members of the Hawaii Restaurant Association (HRA), Square Barrels is a small, highly…

September 2019 Safety Topic

Getting on the News with a RED PLACARD There have been now 4 restaurants on Maui that recently were given Red Placards because of Excessive Roach and Vermin in the facilities. Why did they become big news? What steps can you take to make sure you are not part of a headline like that? Why…

New Member Profile – Chef Kojima

Chef Kojima is a noteworthy culinary master. He began his training in Tokyo at the age of fourteen, working at his parent’s tempura restaurant. He later moved on to the prominent Tokyo Hotel where he mastered French and Continental cuisine. Kojima followed his culinary dreams to New York City and worked at some of the…

New Member – Integrity Chemical

Integrity Chem, founded by Ryan Sakihara, is a locally owned and operated distributor of dishmachine, laundry, and general cleaning products. Founded in 2008, they constantly strive to provide quality service and premium products at a competitive price. With over 30 years of combined service in the warewashing and laundry chemical business in Hawaii, their team…