Bill 40 Update!!

Due to the efforts of the Hawaii Restaurant Association (HRA); Hawaii Food Industry Association (HFIA); and Chamber of Commerce Hawaii, Mayor Caldwell announced a 90-day “grace period” for the enforcement of Ordinance 19-30 (aka Bill 40).  This provides the opportunity for food vendors to deplete current inventories and for the Department of Environmental Services to…

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December 2020 Executive Directors Message

As we wrap up 2020 and head into 2021, I believe this is a great time to reflect on this year’s accomplishments.   We sent out over 229 email updates this year. These emails kept our industry well-informed on this year’s various developments from the CDC, The National Restaurant Association, Governor Ige’s Emergency Orders, all…

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The Hawaii Dining Out Directory

New Category: We accept The HRC-Holiday Business Card   Just in time for the holidays!   The Hawaii Restaurant Association’s Hawaii Dining Out Directory is the only list that is searchable by zip codes!   The Hawaii Dining Out Directory list has been updated with a new category for your guests to search, including: We…

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3 ways to donate to the HRAEF

The Hawaii Restaurant Association Educational Foundation has three fundraising opportunities that you won’t want to miss.   First, the Aloha for Hawaii Charities campaign is providing the opportunity to make a donation to various non-profit partners. When you donate through the Aloha for Hawaii Charities campaign, the charity receives 100% of your donation plus a…

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Upcoming ServSafe Classes & Exam

ARE YOUR TEAMS SERVSAFE FOOD MANAGERS CERTIFICATES UP TO DATE?? THERE ARE UPCOMING CLASSES ON OAHU AND MAUI OAHU – NOV 17 & 18 – 2 HALF DAYS, WITH THE EXAM ON THE 2ND DAY. THIS IS BEING HELD AT THE PIZZA PRESS IN AIEA FROM 7:30 TO 10:45 YOUR STAFF WILL BE BACK IN…

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Family Meal Kits – Do Them Safely

Thanksgiving is around the corner, and we are all thankful for our health, continued hope for the future, and especially thankful that 2020 is almost over!! Make sure your Family Meal Kits are properly cooked AND cooled!! Probably the biggest growth in your restaurants sale mix are To-Go and Family Meal Kits. To Go orders…

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HRAEF Fundraising Opportunities

The Hawaii Restaurant Association Educational Foundation has two fundraising opportunities that you won’t want to miss. First, the HRAEF has their annual fundraiser where your donations will aid our Hawaii ProStart Program and our future workforce and foodservice industry. However, due to COVID, we are having a virtual fundraiser this year instead. Currently ten local…

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Member Call to Action- BILL 40

We at the Hawaii Restaurant Association desperately need your support.  As many of our members rush to be in compliance with Honolulu County’s (DFWO) Disposable Food Ware Ordinance’s January 1st deadline, we are calling ALL our members to action. If you didn’t know already – The Hawaii Restaurant Association & The Hawaii Food Industry Association…

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November 2020 Executive Directors Message

NOVEMBER 2020 HRA Executive Director Message     With Thanksgiving a week away, I would like to take a moment to express our gratitude to everyone that supported the Hawaii Restaurant Association & our foodservice industry this past year.   First, a big Mahalo to the people that made the Hawaii Restaurant Card possible. Governor…

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Restaurant Promotions with the Hawaii Restaurant Card

Restaurant Promotions with the Hawaii Restaurant Card   While the Hawaii Restaurant Card remains available till Dec 15, 2020, certain restaurants are offering special deals and promotions for HRC Cardholders.   Having these special deals and promotions around the HRC helps to drive more traffic to various local restaurants.   HRA created a special offers…

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New Member Profile – HONBLUE

NEW MEMBER PROFILE – HONBLUE + Black Friday Deals on Social Distancing Essentials   This year with COVID-19, we’ve seen the importance of community and how our state can come together to work through this pandemic. It impacted us all and most of us had to pivot our business to survive.   HONBLUE had to…

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Contact Tracing the Easy Way

Are contact tracing regulations and touchless menu options getting you down? Get compliant the easy way. No more pad and pen!   Create a simple Contact Tracing form that is touchless with a QR code! Totally customizable to your brand! SAMPLE CONTRACT TRACING FORM (View the code through your phone’s camera. You will be prompted…

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October Message from Chairman Greg Maples

Aloha As we start October, the overall feeling I have for this month is gratitude and hope.  I am so grateful for all the work that has been done in the last six months by so many.  One of the constant and consistent parts of the Hawaii Restaurant Association (HRA) over the past months has…

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October 2020 HRA Executive Director Newsletter

As we continue our fight for a healthier Hawaii, The Hawaii Restaurant Association(HRA) continues to focus initiatives to combat the hardships COVID 19 placed on our food service industry. HRA has been providing critical updates and information guiding restaurants to beneficial resources through our emails. We have been writing about COVID 19 since March 16,…

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New Member Profile + Partnership – SVN-GO Commercial

COVID-19 has impacted the world economy unlike any other event in our lifetimes. On a local level we have seen it impact our tourist industry, local economy, and we have seen the closure of many locally owned businesses. The restaurant industry has been particularly impacted by the increase in costs associated with precautionary measures, general…

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