1st Annual HRAEF Chili Cookoff

The HRA Educational Foundation is excited to announce that we have finalized the date of our next fundraiser! We will be holding the first annual Hawaiian Chili Cookoff on March 7 at Koko Marina! The event will be 11am-2pm and will be designed as a competition. Oahu ProStart high schools Kaiser and Leilehua as well…

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Your Investment in Food Safety Training

Making sure your guests have delicious AND Safe Food should always be a top priority in your Restaurant. You should always reach for a higher standard for both. The higher standard for your food may be to feature local produce. The higher standard for Food Safety is ServSafe ® Food Managers Certification. Why is ServSafe…

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January 2020 Executive Director Message

I would like to personally thank all of you for your continued support of our Hawaii Restaurant Association. In 2020, I look forward to seeing our food service industry grow even stronger! HRA has another action-packed year planned for our members! January 27th, Monday – HRA’s Annual Holiday Party. Roar into 2020 with industry leaders…

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Exciting New Benefit with HDS

Hawaii Dental Service (HDS) is the leading dental benefits provider in the State, offering the largest network of participating dentists in Hawaii, Guam and Saipan. As an affiliate of Delta Dental, the largest dental insurer in the nation, HDS members also have access to a nationwide network throughout the United States. The Hawaii Restaurant Association…

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New Member Profile – Sustainable Island Products

Sustainable Island Products is a family-owned, Hawaii-based distributor of more than 450 compostable and recyclable products. We supply eco-friendly and sustainable alternatives to many single-use items routinely used in Big Island restaurants, grocery stores, schools, hotels, and offices. SIP’s product lines include cold cups, deli containers, hot cups and soup containers, cutlery, plates, clamshells, napkins,…

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HRAEF – Tis the Season of Giving and Gratitude

As the season of giving and gratitude is upon us, the HRAEF would like to take this opportunity to thank and acknowledge some of our dedicated volunteers who have donated their time, professional expertise and in-kind items to help further our mission over the past month. Mahalo to our new advisory board member David Gutierrez,…

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December 2019 Executive Director Message

2019 was an amazing year! From building new relationships to continuing to build upon our lifelong partnerships, I am beyond grateful for the many successes this year has provided. As we prepare for the New Year, it is important to take a look and revisit the many events that made 2019 so successful. At HRA,…

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Be on the Lookout for Food Recalls and Outbreaks

Is your business aware of the latest food recalls and outbreaks? Receiving news updates and alerts through websites provided by government agencies (e.g., CDC, FDA, USDA, and FoodSafety.gov), food safety consulting services, or other reliable resources can help you stay informed about these situations. By using these resources, you can make quick, informed choices to…

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New Member – Pizza Press

Sarah and Phil Nguyen, the local owners of The Pizza Press, were first introduced to The Pizza Press at its original location in Anaheim, across from Disneyland.  They were instantly drawn to the concept, the personal and warm service, and of course, the delicious handcrafted pizzas. It has been a long desire for them to own their…

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Hawaii Restaurant Digital Marketing Workshop

Hawaii’s first restaurant digital marketing workshop- Nov 12 highlights: From Hawaii’s largest chains to mom & pops, more than 110 restaurant locations were represented when 56 attendees flocked to the Outrigger Canoe Club for a day of comradery & learning. 9 speakers covered an array of topics sharing best practices & technological updates including Yelp,…

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Potential Scam

There is a SCAM going around nationally that all HRA members should be aware of. If you receive a letter or invoice from a group calling itself ‘National Hotel and Restaurant Association’. The invoice is for a Membership and Directory Listing Notice.  DO NOT answer or pay this invoice. This group has no affiliation with…

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HMAA Benefits

“Since announcing our partnership with HMAA in May, we are happy to say there are more than 20 active HRA restaurant members receiving cost savings by participating in our association health plan! I encourage more members to take advantage of the preferred pricing and many benefits offered through this exclusive partnership. Since there is no…

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Hua Momona Farms Story

A few years ago Gary Grube, his wife Kathy and daughter Michelle along with then boyfriend Antonio Brunetti made a visit from Chicago. The Grubes have made the trek to Maui just about every year since their honeymoon visit in 1989. They met organic farmer extraordinaire READ MORE>>>>   Adam Quinn 808.870.5492 adamquinn@mac.com

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National Restaurant Survey

Keeping track of Hawaii with a National Restaurant Association Survey In an effort to track how our industry is doing through good and tough economic times and provide its members with important benchmark information, the HRA is teaming up and NRA to gather information through the NRA’s short monthly economic survey. The survey takes less…

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New Member Profile-SpiceHawaii

Aloha HRA ‘Ohana, High-school sweethearts Ajanta & Che enjoy traveling experiences across 4 continents before relocating to Hawaii from New York City. Their Clean Energy + Clean Food is making waves on our Islands. Chef Ajanta, an educator in Early Childhood Education for over 24 years, is the culinary magic behind the fresh rice crepes, a…

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October Executive Directors Message

A big Mahalo to everyone who helped us celebrate our 13th Annual Hall of Fame and Congratulations to all of this year’s inductees. It truly was an honor to be a part of the evening’s magic!   And, we couldn’t have done it without all of our inductees who dedicated themselves to our industry, 16…

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