Mahalo from the Chairman – October 2017

In this month’s Mahalo from the Chairman piece I wanted to recognize a very special person to the Hawaii Restaurant Association, Matt Rose from the Sanikleen Corporation.   Matt has been an active member of the HRA since 2015 and has been making a noticeable impact ever since.  Matt has been serving on the Marketing…

New Member Profile: Baku

BAKU specializes in modern robatayaki cuisine, where the simple elements of premium cuts and open fire create wonderfully rich flavors. The dining experience centers on the energy of the open kitchen and BAKU’s custom-built, eight-foot robata grill; a design centuries old that is fueled by binchōtan, a specially-sourced charcoal made from Japanese white oak that…

Stop the Spread of Flu Viruses in Restaurants

Prevention is better than a cure for any disease, and flu is no exception. Working in the restaurant industry comes with a certain responsibility to make sure you are not exposing customers to the risk of getting sick. Knowing how the virus is spread and what you can do to avoid infection are the first…

Colds and Oral Health

Colds and Oral Health– by Hawaii Dental Service Between the sniffling, snot and sneezing, do you ever stop to ask yourself, “Why do my teeth hurt when I have a cold?” Sinuses are air chambers that rest behind your cheeks, eyebrows, and jawbones. They have tiny hairs (“cilia”) inside them, which help clean out mucus and…

MAHALO from the Chairman – September 2017

Last week Monday I was very fortunate and proud to be in attendance at the HRA’s crown jewel event.  On September 18th, 2017, we held the 11th annual Hall of Fame awards banquet and had the pleasure to honor some of Hawaii’s most influentia l restaurateurs and industry leaders. Award Banquets don’t just happen.  They…

HRA Labor Day Pa’ina Event Recap

Despite flash flooding and hazardous road conditions, over 250 HRA members, guests and media turned out for a fantastic evening at 3660 on the Rise as Chef Russell Siu hosted us for a Labor Day Pa’ina.  A special menu was prepared featuring:Entertainment was provided by Frank Tau’a III – singer/songwriter and freelance musician – the…