New Member Profile: Business Plans Hawaii

Business Plans Hawaii was born from Valerie Koenig’s love of consulting. While working at Grant Thornton, she identified a niche in the restaurant industry for owner operators who needed help with their business plans to raise money, get loans, and create marketing programs.  15 years later, she has worked with dozens of restaurants, bars and…

New Member Profile: Pacific Gateway Center

Pacific Gateway Center (PGC) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization whose mission is to empower immigrants, refugees and low-income workers in building skills so they may access opportunities to achieve self-sufficiency through education and training. To advance our mission, we are involved in the food industry in the following ways: PGC is the owner…

What You Should Know About the Flu

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 45% of the U.S. population receives vaccinations during the influenza (flu) season, which helps prevent more than 6 million flu-related illnesses, 3 million medical visits, and 79,000 flu-related hospitalizations.   When is flu season? The timing is unpredictable and varies by year. Some flu viruses…

Executive Director’s Message

Hawaii Restaurant Association – Hawaii Lodging, Hospitality and Foodservice Expo On July 12th and 13th, 2017 the Hawaii Lodging, Hospitality and Foodservice Expo was held at Blaisdell Exhibition Hall and Arena. This event, the largest of its kind in the State, was the perfect opportunity for hoteliers and restaurateurs to see all the new products…

Chef Lee Anne Wong

The Hawaii food scene is better than ever, brimming with new exciting restaurants as well as classic local institutions. What we are seeing now is an influx of Michelin starred chefs (both foreign and domestic), mainland concepts, and emerging local talent with 4-star resumes. On the more casual end, food entrepreneurship is at an all-time…

Proper Cooling Procedures

With the summer heat, there are lots of ways to cool yourself down. Cooked foods have lots of ways to cool off as well. Here is the why and how of cooling foods. Today, the kitchen made 5 gallons of Loco Moco Gravy and 20 pounds of your famous Pineapple Coleslaw. The Temperature Danger Zone…

This Week Publications

All of us at This Week Publications are grateful to be a part of the Hawaii Restaurant Association. We have been successfully connecting Hawaii’s visitors to local restaurants for over 51 years! Founded in 1966, This Week Publications is the largest publisher of Hawai‘i’s visitor magazines. Our team is dedicated to producing the most useful…

Molokai Pizza

After a lengthy career with Little Caesars and Chuck E Cheese Pizza, I became a Franchisee for Little Caesars in Cecil County Maryland and Chester County Pennsylvania. I was invited to experience Molokai by my business partners around 1991 when the Island was really bustling with activity. After a few days of sight-seeing, meeting many local people and…