New Member – Integrity Chemical

Integrity Chem, founded by Ryan Sakihara, is a locally owned and operated distributor of dishmachine, laundry, and general cleaning products. Founded in 2008, they constantly strive to provide quality service and premium products at a competitive price. With over 30 years of combined service in the warewashing and laundry chemical business in Hawaii, their team…

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Preferred HMAA Rates Available to HRA Members

“Our partnership with HMAA is already reaping rewards for our members, and we are happy to see numerous restaurateurs already taking advantage of these benefits!” – Sheryl Matsuoka   You do not have to wait for your health plan’s renewal period. Preferred premium rates with HMAA are available now or at any time of year!…

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Message from the Executive Director

HRA’s Hall of Fame celebrates the people, businesses and restaurants who have shaped Hawaii into the vibrant culinary industry it is today. These honorees bring honor and pride to Hawaii.  They exemplify the best of our industry who have been actively engaged in the hospitality profession for a substantial number of years and have left…

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Back to School = Time to Review

As Summer winds down, it would be a good time to review with your staff some basic Food Safety Practices. Pick a single topic and include in your daily pre-meal, or go into more in depth subject at your regular staff meeting. Target first a topic that you have observed your staff is not up…

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Back to School – with HRAEF

School is back in session and the Hawaii Restaurant Association Educational Foundation is gearing up for our most exciting year yet working with 11 high schools around the state with our Hawaii ProStart program! As we work to carefully align each high school with industry mentors who will engage with the various high school classrooms…

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Announcing the HRA 2019 Hall of Fame Inductees

Congratulations to 2019’s Hawaii Restaurant Association’s Hall of Fame Inductees!  Peter Kim Signature Prime Steakhouse, Yummy Restaurant Group Hall of Fame Inductee DK Kodama D.K Steakhouse, Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar, Vino Hall of Fame Inductee Steve Ueda Suisan Food Service Legacy Award Wally Takara Cavalier’s Restaurant Pioneer Award Charlene “Charley” Goodness Maile Restaurant Pioneer…

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Industry Spotlight – Adela’s Country Eatery

Charm, Creativity, Talent – Everything, Including the Kitchen Synch! Friends for a quarter century winning hearts and tummies, far and wide.   Adela Visitacion and Millie Chan have been creating and collaborating in the kitchen for over 25 years, so it is little wonder that their latest joint venture, Adela’s Country Eatery, would launch to…

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New Member Profile: Ivar’s Soup & Sauce Company

“At Ivar’s Soup & Sauce Company, we take a small-batch approach to producing great products. We provide chowders, soups and sauces for the whole country, with quality that you’ll only find at a restaurant or your own kitchen. Our team is loyal and dedicated, and many team members have more than two decades of experience…

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New Member Profile: Uncle’s Ice Cream

Introducing new member, Uncle’s Ice Cream. Owners “Uncle” Paul and Barbara Logan are passionate about spreading joy and connection, one truly special ice cream sandwich at a time. In order to maximize the quality and the “Wow!” factor with each one, they make both the ice cream and the cookies in small-batches, using super-premium, natural…

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HRAEF Fundraiser Held at HRA Golf Tournament

On June 27th the HRA Educational Foundation held a two hole fundraiser at the 12th Annual HRA Golf Tournament at the Hawaii Prince Golf Club. It was a great day on the course for golfers and a perfect opportunity to inform folks about the important educational initiatives in which the Educational Foundation is currently involved.…

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Executive Director’s Message

HRA’s 13th Annual Hall of Fame is quickly approaching! Monday September 23, 2019 will soon be here.  HRA’s premier event will be held in the heart of Waikiki, at the beautiful Sheraton Waikiki. Join us in celebrating the best of the best, the pioneers, the trailblazers and the leaders of Hawaii’ restaurant industry.  Save the…

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HIOSH – Do you want to pay some steep fines?

HIOSH has been increasing visits to restaurants and food facilities. They inspect for safe working conditions in your facility. They have visited 2 facilities that I know of. The most recent received a $20,000 fine. Yes, you read that correctly, $20,000. Do you have an extra 20k just laying around in your budget?? I doubt…

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HRA 12th Annual Golf Tournament Recap

On behalf of the Hawaii Restaurant Association, I would like to extend my gratitude to all the golfers, sponsors, those who donated prizes, volunteers and everyone else that played a part in making this year’s Annual Golf Tournament the most successful one yet!   Over 200 golfers had a wonderful time on the Hawaii Prince…

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HRA’s Bloomin’ to Summer Mixer Recap

The HRA’s Bloomin’ to Summer networking mixer was a hit with all of our attendees, it was a packed house!  I would like to send a huge Mahalo to Paul Reynolds of Outback Steakhouse and their Hawaii Kai location for hosting the Hawaii Restaurant Association and arranging a perfect evening.   The Managers and Staff…

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New Member Profile – Aaron Kekoolani

I’m a licensed Agency Owner with Allstate Insurance we handle Property, Casualty, Life and Health insurance for both personal and commercial customers. I really enjoy being an Agent because I’m able to help so many people. Being involved in the community is important because I’ve been able to impact the lives of families beyond insurance. I’m…

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New federal standards for high chairs coming in 2019

Will your seating for babies be compliant? Courtesy of Nation’s Restaurant News Authored by Lisa Jennings, originally published Oct 16, 2018 Millennial consumers are increasingly having babies, and restaurants are becoming more family friendly to meet their needs. Soon that may mean rethinking restaurant high chairs. The Consumer Product Safety Commission, or CSPC, in June…

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New Member Profile – Island Olive Oil Company

At Island Olive Oil Company, the focus is on high quality, fresh products that come straight from the producer. This family-owned business has been bringing small batch, specialty extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars to Hawaii for over five years.  Each batch of olive oil is lab tested to ensure they have the highest…

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Executive Director’s Message

On behalf of The Hawaii Restaurant Association, I would like to express my sincere appreciation to everyone who participated in this year’s Hawaii Hotel and Restaurant Show!   Both attendees and exhibitors alike gave us very positive feedback. It was great to connect with our members and we can’t wait for next year’s show!  …

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HMAA New Partnership brings value to HRA Members

For HRA Regular members and other qualified HRA employers throughout the state, our new benefit plan offering with HMAA will bring value to your employees and their families.   Preferred Pricing Take advantage of preferred pricing through the HRA Association Health Plan.   You Have Choices Choose from benefit-rich or low-cost plans to suit your company’s…

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