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…

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Preferred HMAA Rates Available to HRA Members

“Our partnership with HMAA is already reaping rewards for our members, and we are happy to see numerous restaurateurs already taking advantage of these benefits!” – Sheryl Matsuoka   You do not have to wait for your health plan’s renewal period. Preferred premium rates with HMAA are available now or at any time of year!…

Message from the Executive Director

HRA’s Hall of Fame celebrates the people, businesses and restaurants who have shaped Hawaii into the vibrant culinary industry it is today. These honorees bring honor and pride to Hawaii.  They exemplify the best of our industry who have been actively engaged in the hospitality profession for a substantial number of years and have left…

Back to School = Time to Review

As Summer winds down, it would be a good time to review with your staff some basic Food Safety Practices. Pick a single topic and include in your daily pre-meal, or go into more in depth subject at your regular staff meeting. Target first a topic that you have observed your staff is not up…

Back to School – with HRAEF

School is back in session and the Hawaii Restaurant Association Educational Foundation is gearing up for our most exciting year yet working with 11 high schools around the state with our Hawaii ProStart program! As we work to carefully align each high school with industry mentors who will engage with the various high school classrooms…

Announcing the HRA 2019 Hall of Fame Inductees

Congratulations to 2019’s Hawaii Restaurant Association’s Hall of Fame Inductees!  Peter Kim Signature Prime Steakhouse, Yummy Restaurant Group Hall of Fame Inductee DK Kodama D.K Steakhouse, Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar, Vino Hall of Fame Inductee Steve Ueda Suisan Food Service Legacy Award Wally Takara Cavalier’s Restaurant Pioneer Award Charlene “Charley” Goodness Maile Restaurant Pioneer…

Industry Spotlight – Adela’s Country Eatery

Charm, Creativity, Talent – Everything, Including the Kitchen Synch! Friends for a quarter century winning hearts and tummies, far and wide.   Adela Visitacion and Millie Chan have been creating and collaborating in the kitchen for over 25 years, so it is little wonder that their latest joint venture, Adela’s Country Eatery, would launch to…

New Member Profile: Ivar’s Soup & Sauce Company

“At Ivar’s Soup & Sauce Company, we take a small-batch approach to producing great products. We provide chowders, soups and sauces for the whole country, with quality that you’ll only find at a restaurant or your own kitchen. Our team is loyal and dedicated, and many team members have more than two decades of experience…