New Member Profile: BELFOR

BELFOR is the largest global disaster recovery and property restoration company in the world with more than 300 offices worldwide in 21 countries. BELFOR has the experience, resources, technologies, financial strength and capabilities to respond to any disaster – large or small – and offer a comprehensive selection of services from water extraction and reconstruction…

Industry Spotlight: Howard Dicus

I’ve done a lot of different things in a 47-year journalism career: radio, television, print, online; newscasting, reporting, editing; CD reviews, a humor column, commentaries and cartoons. But I’ve never been a restaurant critic. Before moving to Hawai‘i, my thoughts about restaurants were largely confined to having a short list of restaurants I liked, usually…

Alcohol Awareness Month

April is Alcohol Awareness Month – a time when communities should come together to reduce the stigma associated with alcoholism as well as work toward preventing the disease. Alcoholism can be life-long, passed down through genetics, and fatal if left untreated. Roughly 20 million individuals in the U.S. are aiming to overcome this disease. Restaurants…

HRA February Chinese New Year Membership Mixer Recap

Gung Hee Fat Choy! On February 20, 2018 over 90 HRA members and industry guests gathered at Ala Wai Golf Course Club House in Waikiki for the first Membership Mixer of 2018. HRA Legacy Sponsor First Insurance Company of Hawaii introduced a new product geared specifically for restaurants in the unfortunate circumstances of a food…

Executive Director’s Message: Let’s Talk Litter

The first quarter of every year comes a number of things, one of which is the Legislative Session. This year we see many of the same issues coming to light; Labor related issues, Health care issues, Litter initiatives amongst many others. The challenge during this period is deciding what issues will truly be of benefit…

Industry Spotlight: Aaron Placourakis

Aaron Placourakis President and CEO, AMP Restaurants Ltd., a multi-unit operation on Maui – – – The best part of the changes that I’ve seen over my last four decades in the industry is the level of employees that we can access. Back in the day, some people were only working in the industry until…

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. More than 135,000 people will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and more than 50,200 will die of the disease this year. Although it is one of the deadliest forms of cancer, it can be cured…