Restaurant Kid

Throughout my career, I have had the opportunity to lead teams in opening eight corporate and freestanding restaurants.  The highlight was the creation of OLA, a beachfront restaurant on the sands of Kuilima Bay that I opened with my wife Cheryl in 2005. Two years later, our daughter Maya Rose was born and her life…

New Member Profile: Cactus

Cactus opened its doors just over five years ago in April of 2012.  When the owners of Cactus would come home to Hawaii from traveling the world, the style of cuisine they missed the most was South American.  They also thought about ingredients available locally and wondered if it could be interpreted into those dishes…

Sports: Great for the Body, But Bad for the Teeth?

Kids and adults who compete in sports are more likely to maintain a healthy weight, have better mental health and develop stronger bones and muscles. But despite the benefits, dental health takes a hit when it comes to some sports. Here are some of those smile-harming offenders: Basketball Whereas contact sports require players to wear…

National Cholesterol Education Month

September is National Cholesterol Education Month. It is a great time to get your cholesterol levels checked and take steps to correct high levels before they lead to complications. More than 102 million Americans over age 20 currently have high cholesterol. Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance found in your body and in many foods.…

MAHALO from the Chairman – August 2017

  Thank you to everyone that came out and supported the Lodging, Hospitality, and Food Expo hosted by Douglas Trade Shows at the Neal Blaisdell Center last month!  Because we had so many HRA Partners in one area, we truly had a fantastic pavilion.  A big “Mahalo” to our supporters, Chef Zone, KCC, and Naomi…

Special HRA Events at the Expo

As previously reported, the Hawaii Restaurant Association had a new feature to the July Hawaii Lodging, Hospitality and Foodservice Expo – “The HRA Pavilion.” HRA was a title sponsor of the Expo and we proudly displayed a 12 foot by 15 foot banner with our logo which hung from the ceiling of the Blaisdell Arena…

Proper Frozen Foods Thawing Procedures

A commonly overlooked step in safe food handling is improper thawing of frozen products. Here are some basic do’s and do not’s. The best way is to take the food out a day or 2 before use, and allowing it to defrost by leaving it under refrigeration. This allows the safest and most even defrosting.…

Change in Tip Pool Rules – DOL Plans to Revoke Prior Tip Pool Restrictions

On July 20, 2017, as part of the Trump Administration’s Unified Regulatory Agenda, the United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) announced its intent to rescind regulations prohibiting tip pools which include certain restaurant staff.  Under prior DOL rules issued in 2011, employers cannot require wait staff, bussers, bartenders, and other customer-facing “front of the house”…