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…

HRA new member profile – FISH

Our Story, 2013-Present The story of FISH Honolulu starts in 2013. Joseph Saturnia decided that he had the ability and desire to open and operate a world class restaurant in Honolulu. Joe has owned and operated Island Pacific Energy, a local solar company since 2009 and a couple of years into the restaurant project, Joe…

19 Things I LOVE

Ahhh – Valentines Day. My thoughts turn to Love… things I Love to see in a safe kitchen that is!! These are a few good practices that I love to see, and are great suggestions for your operation We preach to wash your hands for 20 seconds. Placing a clock right by the sink with…

Ko’olau Distillery – Old Pali Road Whiskey

Hand bottled at the Ko’oalu Distillery by U.S. Marine Corps combat veterans, LtCol Ian Brooks and LtCol Eric Dill – the very first batch of Old Pali Road whiskey, numbered 001, received a traditional Hawai’i blessing and has just been released. With extensive and distinguished military careers in the United States Marine Corps, LtCol Ian…

When to Hire or Outsource HR

Small business owners and CEOs of startups are known for wearing many hats – sometimes more than one person can reasonably handle. In some cases, one or two employees are given with many roles; your front desk person might also be handling the bookkeeping, for example. When a business is small – 50 employees or…

City Auditor’s Report Gets Down to the Facts

I want to thank City Auditor Edwin Young, who recently released a report which confirms a lot of what our association of restaurant operators has learned over years of searching for the most environmentally friendly options for our customers. The report, commissioned by the City Council, is a thorough analysis of the likely economic and…