Hawaiian Cool Water Taps Andrew Ling as Regional Rep

Kitchen design consultant Andrew Ling is the new regional representative for Hawaiian Cool Water, the state’s leader in reverse osmosis, UV-filtered water coolers, ice machines and sparkling water systems. With a BFA in Interior Design from Chaminade, and previously a project manager with Mid-City Restaurant Supply, Ling has deep experience in both the local restaurant…

Managing Stress During the Holiday Season

The holiday season can be one of the best times of the year, but it can get pretty stressful traveling to be with family, making sure meals are cooked, and purchasing and wrapping gifts. An American Psychological Association poll reported 8 out of 10 individuals expected to experience increased stress levels during the holiday season.…

Oktoberfest Pa`ina HRA Mixer Recap

On October 24, 2017 the Hawaii Restaurant Association held Oktoberfest Pa`ina, a membership mixer, at Honolulu Beerworks in Kaakako. Over 150 members and guests attended and were treated to special brews by our host restaurant, Honolulu Beerworks, fantastic live music by EMKE Hawaii, and a special presentation by Food Gurus Hawaii communications director Erika Engle…

Saying NO to Norovirus

Last month, a local restaurant was in the news as suspected of having a Norovirus Outbreak. The restaurant had a great response, which included shutting down for a few days – over the weekend to boot, discarding all foods on premise, and cleaning of all surfaces in the restaurant, front and back of house. They…

How Much Cash is Sitting on Your Shelves?

The primary difference between cash and inventory is one is kept locked in a safe and the other is sitting on your refrigerator and store room shelves. Here’s another difference; with cash, you can immediately take it to the bank, use it to buy more product or pay your staff. Not so with inventory. The only way to…

Industry Spotlight: John “At-Your-Service” Romero

I was raised in Claremont, a college town outside of Los Angeles.  Enjoying the California lifestyle growing up I was passionate about food, art, and skateboarding.  I attended High School extension courses on full scholarship to Pasadena Art Center College of Design while being sponsored and competing in the California Amateur Skateboard League.  The summer…

New Member Profile: Mahaloha Burger

  Mahaloha Burger is the brainchild of local Hawaiian Jesse Aguinaldo. After years working in the restaurant industry in Las Vegas, Jesse decided to come back home to Hawaii with the vision of opening up a burger joint that serves burgers made with fresh never frozen quality grass-fed beef and fresh natural ingredients without breaking…

New Member Profile: Pint Size Hawaii

  Who We Are Pint Size Hawaii is a full-service DSD distributor that has been operating in the Hawaiian Islands for over 30 years.  Unlike broad-line distributors, Pint Size Hawaii represents select, market-dominant brands and provides a full array of services and logistics to support both our suppliers and our customers. We have an outstanding…

It’s National Diabetes Month

November is National Diabetes Month, which is a great opportunity to spend some time learning about diabetes and how to prevent or manage it. Diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States. Its progression can result in major life-threating complications including stroke, kidney disease, nerve damage, and skin…