The Best Tool for SEO is Free!

Right now, your focus is on getting more people into your restaurant. There is a tool that is right in front of you to help…Google My Business. It is simply the best thing you can do to get local customers, and it’s absolutely free. Registering your restaurant will Google My Business (GMB) gives you an…

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Keep Calm and Carry Out list has new categories

With many restaurants reopening, the Hawaii Restaurant Association’s Keep Calm and Carry Out list is expanding. We currently have 1,100 restaurants & food service locations on our list! Is your restaurant on it? Please go to our HRA Facebook page and post your restaurant’s offerings as you open your dining rooms and extend your services. …

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July 2020 Executive Directors Message

HRA ED Newsletter July 2020 Msg   Restaurants are masters at creating new food and new ideas.   Despite the COVID-19 pandemic limiting restaurant services, restaurants have found unique ways to keep their businesses afloat.   New social distancing orders prompted restaurateurs to be more creative in redesigning their dining rooms for maximum seating capacity.…

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HRAEF Business Business 4 Education (B4E)

Do you have a warehouse full of products that you would like assistance in selling?   The Hawaii Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (HRAEF) is looking for companies that would like to partner in our Business 4 Education (B4E) fundraiser.   We will be looking for partners for this fundraiser until the end of July on…

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FREE Video from Propeller USA

FREE 1 Minute Video for HRA Members!!!   Propeller USA is a local video production company with 20 years of video expertise. Let us help you grow your business with video content with our new subscription video services! We are offering 1 FREE video ad for any HRA members who wish to participate. For more…

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Free listing in the new Made In Hawaii website

Join Our Website for Made-in-Hawaii BrandsAloha Business Owner,We know local shoppers want to support small businesses and find the best made-in-Hawaii products. That’s why DBEDT created Buy Hawaii, Give Aloha, a one-stop online resource that makes it easy for shoppers to find local brands, all in one place.Buy Hawaii, Give Aloha is a brand-new website…

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COVID Communications from Jenerate PR + free consultation

COVID Communications: Best Practices from Jenerate PR   As PR practitioners specializing in the food and beverage space, Jenerate PR is offering some advice regarding best practices for COVID-era communications. While in many ways we are all finding ourselves in unchartered territory, there are key elements to crisis communications that can and should be applied…

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New Member Spotlight – OBUN HAWAII

Is your restaurant ready for the NEW NORMAL? While the current pandemic has caused many of us to change the way we are doing business, restaurants must make sure they have the tools needed to keep customers and staff safe.   Obun Hawaii has been providing Hawaii business with their printing needs for the past 50…

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Interview: Russell Ryan, CFO, Highway Inn

Question: Please describe how and when you are conducting your return to your offices, stores, restaurants, warehouses or other physical locations. Ryan: We plan to start with counter service, meaning “seat-yourself,” before resuming to full dining service. We don’t yet know how fast demand will return, or when it will be safe to not socially…

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Hawaii Restaurants Open for Business….and Safety!

After a seeming eternity of uncertainty, Governor Ige and Mayor Caldwell have released guidelines and have allowed our great restaurants to re-open. The Hawaii Restaurant Association worked with the team of advisers in developing the guidelines that provide a balance of guest and staff safety with enabling restaurants, and soon Bars and Pubs – to…

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New Member Profile – Premier Restoration Hawaii

Premier Restoration Hawai’i is grateful for the opportunity to join the Hawaii Restaurant Association. We are a full-service mitigation and restoration company with a broad scope of services dedicated to providing a one-stop solution to damage done by water, fire, and mold.   With over 20 years in business in the State of Hawai’i, Premier is…

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Spring Cleaning that helps the HRAEF and you!

Do you have a warehouse full of products that you would like assistance in selling? The Hawaii Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (HRAEF) is looking for companies that would like to partner in a fundraiser.   How can your company participate? Every time a customer purchases a product that you identify, a portion of the sale…

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Added Categories in Keep Calm and Take Out

With many restaurants reopening, the Hawaii Restaurant Association’s Keep Calm and Carry Out list is expanding. HRA’s Keep Calm and Carry Out is the only list that is searchable by zip codes! The Keep Calm and Carry Out list has been updated with new categories for your potential guests to search including: Open Dining Rooms…

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June 2020 Executive Directors Message

Nothing can stop creative pivoting in the restaurant industry.   Despite the current business climate overwhelming the food industry, restaurants have found creative ways to pivot around it. Restaurants started selling Family Meal Packages. They offered a few meal package options during the week day for working families and a few more options on Friday,…

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May 2020 Executive Directors Message

Although this tidal wave pandemic hit us fiercely and unexpectedly, many members in our restaurant industry and community rose to push back against it. Your Hawaii Restaurant Association Executive Committee and Board of Directors have been working long hours and on their days off to speak to our local and national government officials. Meetings with…

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Is your Restaurant Ready to Re-open?

As Hawaii inches back to a new version of being open for business, there will be a lot of new regulations and recommendations for restaurants that will certainly include social distancing, masks, and extra sanitation measures. We are all waiting for this information from the Governor’s Office – that your Hawaii Restaurant Association is closely…

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