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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Connecting with your Customers with PinPoint Local

No doubt you are feeling incredibly challenged these days. With the current conditions, you’ve most likely made the switch to 100% online orders and takeaway service. You’ve done this while increasing your sanitation practices like never before. It must be a bit overwhelming. Here’s my best advice for connecting with your customers online and staying…

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HRAEF/Prostart News

Do you know of a large food event that will be held once we are out of this no gathering phase? Hawaii Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (HRAEF) is seeking to participate in events such as large local food or community gatherings (once our stay at home mandate is over, of course) At the moment, HRAEF…

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Propeller USA – Video for your operation

Propeller USA is a local video production company. We recently became partners with Hawaii Restaurant Association to provide video expertise and services for all HRA members. We are extremely excited for this partnership and will work to the best of our abilities to help members of HRA. This pandemic has affected us all.  As we slowly open…

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HRA’s Keep Calm and Carry Out

Hawaii Restaurant Association’s  Keep Calm and Carry Out campaign has been growing. If your restaurant or your favorite restaurant is not on the list, please post on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/hrahawaii/ your zip code, your website and the service you are offering: take out, drive through, curbside service and delivery service, and we will add…

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Executive Directors Message – April 2020

Why are you a member of the National Restaurant Association and The Hawaii Restaurant Association? We are your best advocate and resource during this unprecedented outbreak of COVID-19. Despite this period of social distancing, I feel a closer bond to our members, our HRA Board of Directors and  industry leaders. I am grateful to everyone…

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Utilize Telemedicine Resources to Access Care

Have you spoken with a doctor virtually about health concerns when you are not feeling well?   As Chief Medical Officer for HMAA, I want to ensure you have access to care and telemedicine resources, such as our free HiDoc service for HMAA members, to speak with a doctor 24/7 from the safety of your…

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Continue Providing Healthcare Benefits during COVID-19

Hawaii employers can continue to provide company-paid healthcare benefits for eligible employees under certain circumstances. For HRA Regular members and other qualified HRA employers throughout the state, HMAA’s preferred pricing through our Association Health Plan can reduce the cost of continuing coverage for your employees and their families. Eligible employers can enroll in the HRA…

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Stay Calm, Take Out, and TAKE FREE CLASSES!!!

This unprecedented period will come to an end. While things may never get back to “Normal” that we knew, travel, sitting in a restaurant and social togetherness will all come back. One thing that the dining public will certainly have is a heightened awareness of a restaurants Food Safety.  Your staff must be knowledgeable on…

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New Member – PinPoint Local Honolulu

Karelin was just four years old when her family moved to Oahu. Raised in the Wahiawa/Mililani area, she grew up loving the outdoors and beach trips to Haleiwa. After junior high, the family moved to Kaneohe. Karelin has lived on the Windward side ever since. After high school, Karelin attended one year at Hawaii Loa…

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Great Information from the 1st “Talk Story with Legislators”

On Monday February 24, Big City Diner Windward Mall hosted our 1st “Talk Story with Legislators” With several restaurant owners, managers, plus allied industries that support restaurants attending, Discussions included ways to present a more powerful message on issues that affect Hawaiian Restaurants to the State Legislative bodies.  The highlight was when Senator Scot Matayoshi…

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March 2020 Executive Directors Message

I am inviting you to join restaurateurs & industry Leaders at our Central Oahu Talk Story with our Legislators on March 19th.   Didn’t see the announcement? Email: info@hawaiirestaurant.org. We have had an exciting February, with much more to come. HRA had a successful Legislative Windward Restaurant Talk Story at Big City Diner – Windward Mall. …

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HRAEF 1st Annual Chili Cookoff

The HRA Educational Foundation (HRAEF) Prostart is pleased to report that their latest fundraiser, “The Great Hawaiian Chili Cookoff,” was a huge success! This event, which took place on March 7 at Koko Marina, featured teams from 3 high schools and 13 local restaurant industry partners who competed for the honor of being able to…

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Hawaii Energy – Restaurant BONUS Offer!!

Hey restaurants, don’t miss out on 2x the rebates! Did you know that restaurants use approximately 5-7 more energy per square foot than other commercial buildings?  That can really cut into your revenue, so to help you out, Hawai’i Energy has DOUBLED their rebates for restaurant equipment until May 31!  That means twice the cash back for you on appliances like…

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New Member Profile – Gecko Hospitality

Gecko Hospitality franchise partners and recruiters work as a team to ensure every one of our offices across North America finds and places only the best professionals from our nationwide database of top-tier candidates. Our CPC-certified team uses a rigorous interview process in combination with an applicant tracking system to connect professionals from our national…

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