HRA New Member Spotlight: Bai

Bai is an innovative beverage company that brings great taste and better-for-you ingredients together at last. Its Bai and Bai Bubbles lines offer fresh fruit flavor and antioxidants with no artificial sweeteners and only 5 calories and 1 gram of sugar per serving.  Bai also produces Antiwater, an antioxidant-infused, super-purified bottled water.  The company was founded…

Executive Director’s Message

Executive Director’s Message The Hawaii Restaurant Association is grateful to represent an industry that exemplifies diversity, opportunity and leadership at all levels – and this past Monday was our chance to recognize the people who embody these qualities. On Monday September 19th, 2016 the Hawaii Restaurant Association held its 10th Annual Hall of Fame and…

Chairman’s Message

On Monday, September 19th, we held our 10th Annual Hall of Fame Gala Dinner, situated in the beautifully decked out Pomaika`i Ballrooms. It was great to see all the faces of the nearly 500 attendees who purchased seats and tables to support the event. The dinner was a great way to showcase the spirit of…

Bevy of New Restaurants Opening and Expanding

It’s an exciting time to be part of the restaurant industry. With more new restaurants opening and a number of locally based group expanding, there’s much optimism in the air. New operators still need to exercise caution and plan their restaurants with a conservative and calculated approach, but in general the economic outlook for those…

HRA New Member Spotlight: MISSION Social Hall & Cafe

MISSION Social Hall & Cafe by Pili Group 553 South King St Honolulu, HI 96813 808 447-3913 mission@thepiligroup.com MISSION Social Hall & Cafe by Pili Group is a tranquil community hub tucked away in the heart of the Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives. At MISSION, our vision for the menu is ‘Comfort food with a nod to history’.…

What You Should Know About Hepatitis A

You may have seen or heard a lot about the spread of hepatitis A in Hawaii recently. It was reported on August 3, 2016 that 135 hepatitis A infections occurred in the last few months and as a result, the Hawaii Department of Health has launched an investigation into the source of these infections. As…

Hawaii Lodging, Hospitality and Foodservice Expo

22nd Annual Hawaii Lodging, Hospitality and Foodservice Expo Wed. July 13th & Thur. July 14th, 10 am to 5 pm • 2016 Neal Blaisdell Center • 777 Ward Ave. • Honolulu, Hawaii Douglas Trade Shows was established in Hawaii in 1983.It is Hawaii’s largest trade show management company and produces four statewide gift, jewelry, apparel…

FISHING MEANS FOOD FACT SHEET

FISHING MEANS FOOD FACT SHEET If expanded, the entire 200-mile limit (US Exclusive Economic Zone) surrounding the Northwest Hawaiian Island (NWHI) chain, will be off limits to Hawaii’s fishermen, The expansion represents a 350 percent increase in the no-fishing zone, twice the size of Texas. This places a staggering and disproportionate ocean conservation burden on…