“Hawaii Mocktails” Event Recap

Feature Image (above):  People’s Choice Mocktail Winner Mauna Kea Resort’s “Strawberry Basil Mule”, displayed with one of event sponsor Bai’s “São Paulo Strawberry Lemonade” lo-cal beverage. On June 26, Hawaii’s top mixologists gathered at Waikiki Yokocho to delight us with their unique creations of 0% alcohol, 100% great mocktails.  It was a fun filled evening…

Summer Superfoods for a Healthy Diet

Summer is in full swing, and many people have “getting healthier” on their to-do list this season. Restaurants have a great opportunity to help customers make healthy meal choices by offering options that are rich in nutrients while also satisfying those summer cravings. Superfoods are nutrient-rich and provide antioxidants that detoxify your body. Learn how…

Member Profile: Waikiki Brewing Company

Waikiki Brewing Company opened its first location in Waikiki in 2015.  The seven barrel brewhouse in Waikiki is capable of producing 1600 barrels a year and was at capacity almost immediately, leading the brewery to start looking for a second location.  They found the ideal spot in Honolulu’s historic brewing district in up and coming…

Member Profile: First Commercial Kitchen

First Commercial Kitchen LLC is Hawaii’s first and foremost food processing incubator, “commercializing your favorite recipes….for pleasure, profit, and posterity” since 1982.  We have helped numerous chefs and restaurants create and manufacture their house dressings, sauces, etc.. for retail sale, as well as for in-house use. We now introduce a revolutionary Nanotechnology floor coating, first…

June Health Tip – Healthy Sleep for Shift Workers

June is National Safety Month, an opportune time to highlight the impact of sleep on job performance and safety. Sleep plays an important role in your physical and mental health. Working in the restaurant industry comes with a fun and fast-paced lifestyle, but with shifts that end late into the evening or starting bright and…

Industry Spotlight: Conrad Nonaka, Culinary program director considered industry linchpin (courtesy of the Honolulu Star Advertiser)

  Conrad Nonaka, a chef, restaurateur and longtime supporter of the local culinary industry, died the morning of June 2 at Straub Medical Center in Honolulu. He was 68. Nonaka, director of the Culinary Institute of the Pacific, is credited with overseeing construction of the new Diamond Head campus, developing culinary education across all the…

HRA May Day Mixer Recap

On May 29th over 60 HRA members and guests gathered at Outback Steakhouse in Hawaii Kai for the HRA May Day Membership Mixer. Tyler Roukema, HRA board chairman, hosted a bountiful pau hana on the lanai, with sweeping ocean views and a beautiful sunset. We were treated to live music and fantastic Outback Steakhouse heavy…