HONOLULU -- On the first night of new regulations designed to beat back a pandemic surge, establishments throughout Waikiki looked more like exclusive nightclubs in South Beach or Las Vegas than resort-area restaurants.
But to get past the velvet ropes, bouncers were looking for vaccination cards or recent negative Covid-19 tests, not the best-dressed or those most likely to shell out for table service.
Under the Safe Access Oahu rules effective Sept. 13, all guests and employees at restaurants, bars, gyms, museums and other businesses and attractions across the island must show either proof of vaccination or a negative result on a Covid-19 test taken within 48 hours.
Unvaccinated employees must be tested once a week.
Bars and restaurants deployed barriers, tables and additional staff to their entrances to handle document checks. At Deck, inside the Queen Kapiolani Hotel, after vaccine or test records were verified, diners signed a ledger and provided an address for contact tracing, and they could stay for only 90 minutes.
On Waikiki's Kalakaua Avenue, dotted with luxury shops and hotels, a restaurant sign trumpeted a surf-and-turf special and, in bold letters, "All Employees Vaccinated." At a sushi spot next door, a line formed to sit at one of its Plexiglas-enclosed tables.
Restaurants reported depressed sales in recent weeks, but the new regulations, coupled with capacity restrictions, created the effect that half-full Waikiki was as busy as ever.
Michael Miller, director of operations at Tiki's Grill and Bar on the Waikiki beachfront said he is hiring two staff members to beef up presence at the door.
"You've got to have the right person up front," he said. "People are already stressed. They are jet-lagged and hangry on top of that. So you need to hire someone for the door who is an ambassador of aloha, someone who has the training and can start the customer experience off right."
Ryan Tanaka, co-owner of Waikiki sports bar Giovanni Pastrami, said a few customers had to be turned away on the first day for not having the necessary documents.
"The majority of our clientele are tourists, and a lot don't realize this is going on," he said. "They're not tracking rules county by county, and this is just Oahu. So they book a ticket to come to Hawaii, and they show up at a restaurant and we say, 'Sorry, can you show us your vaccination card?' There's a little bit of a surprise factor."
In general, restaurant owners said the first day went relatively smoothly, but Tanaka, who is also vice chairman of the Hawaii Restaurant Association, said members across the island were reporting a steep decline in foot traffic.
Oahu's new policy does seem to be spurring vaccinations among employees at the impacted businesses.
At Giovanni Pastrami, they expect to go from 83% of staff vaccinated to 95% in the next few weeks, but Tanaka added the new rules could exacerbate an ongoing labor shortage.
"Not all employees are responding well to the policy," he said. "What it's doing is adding stress to an already stressed situation."
Miller said an additional 20 of his 110 staff members were motivated to get vaccinated recently, and he thought the new rules could boost hiring.
"In one way, it makes some of the staff feel a bit better about serving visitors," he said.
In addition to labor woes, supply chain bottlenecks and the new vaccine mandate, Oahu restaurants were also hit with capacity reductions and a ban on large events in the past month. Also, in August, Gov. David Ige discouraged visitation to the Islands through the end of October.
"It's definitely a frustrating time to be in the restaurant business," said Tom Jones, co-owner of Gyotaku Japanese Restaurants. "For some restaurants, maybe they've been able to survive until now, but this next down period could be the straw that breaks the camel's back."
Four radio amateurs will head to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard a commercial flight, thanks to Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS). They are Raja Chari, KI5LIU; Tom Marshburn, KE5HOC; Kayla Barron, KI5LAL, and Matthias Maurer, KI5KFH, a European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut. The targeted launch date is no sooner than October 31, from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The launch will mark the third SpaceX Crew
Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket launch combination as part of NASA's Commercial Crew Program, which provides transportation to and from the ISS. The crew is scheduled for a 6-month stay aboard the orbiting laboratory, living and working as part of what's expected to be a seven-member crew.
The launch will be the first spaceflight for Chari, Barron, and Maurer, and the third for Marshburn.
NASA's SpaceX Crew-3 will be the third crew rotation mission to the ISS with astronauts on a US rocket and spacecraft and the fourth flight with astronauts, including the Demo-2 test flight in 2020, the Crew-1 mission in 2020 - 2021, and the ongoing Crew-2 flight as part of the Expedition 65 crew.
Crew-3 astronauts plan to arrive at the station to overlap with NASA Astronauts Shane Kimbrough, KE5HOD, and Megan McArthur; Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, KE5DNI, and ESA Astronaut Thomas Pesquet, KG5FYG, who flew to the station as part of the agency's SpaceX Crew-2 mission in April 2021.
Mission teams have a target launch date of no earlier than April 15, 2022, for the launch of the SpaceX Crew-4 mission. "NASA's Commercial Crew Program is working with industry through a public-private partnership to provide safe, reliable, and cost-effective transportation to and from the International Space Station, which will allow for additional research time and will increase the opportunity for discovery aboard humanity's testbed for exploration," NASA said. "The space station remains the springboard to space exploration, including future missions to the moon and Mars."
For launch coverage and more information about the mission, visit the NASA website.
The WPX Contest is based on an award offered by CQ Magazine for
working all prefixes.
Held on the last weekend of March (SSB) and May (CW), the contest draws thousands of entries from around the world.
Contest: 2021 SSB Score: 3,698 points Category: Single Operator Low Power All Bands
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The objective of the IARU HF World Championship is “to support the amateur self-training in radiocommunications including improving amateur operating skills, conducting technical investigations, and intercommunicating with other amateurs around the world, especially IARU member society headquarters stations, using the 160, 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10-meter bands.” The special rules governing IARU Member Society HQ Stations allow for multiple sites to be used, again subject to national regulations. The IARU HF Championships took place from 12:00 UTC on Saturday 10 July and ended at 11:59 UTC on Sunday 11 July 2021 with CW and phone activity.
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Interview with TV Report Dallis Ontiveros from KHON2
More COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted and are now in effect.
Mainland travelers with proof of vaccination can now skip the mandatory quarantine and pre-test.
And more people are allowed to gather, 25 people indoors and 75 people outdoors. Dallis Ontiveros went live around town during WakeUp2Day to hear what residents think.
The Hawaii Restaurant Association (HRA) helps to support and ensure a
favorable environment for all to thrive in the foodservice industry.
We do this via the following:
Biggest issues currently faced include labor, health care reform and new bills that propose changes that would negatively impact the industry.
HRA is active at the capitol, communicating to lawmakers how these issues impact the foodservice industry.
Networking & Community Engagement:
The sharing of best practices among peers plus recognizing and rewarding the unsung heroes of our industry who make a difference in the communities they serve.
Education & Future Employee Development:
The HRA tracks Hawaii restaurant industry key performance indicators to provide operating bench marks, and works with the Department of Education & Community Education centers to make ready the next generation of food service talent entering the work force.
HRA sources industry news from around the US and the world to ensure that members are kept up to date with the latest developments and best practices. From food safety to talent deployment and development, we will absorb the best articles and condense them into digestible facts and quick reference.
We also recognize our local leaders, trendsetters and ambassadors with our annual events like the Hall of Fame Dinner and Employee Appreciation and Excellence Awards.
Special membership discounts and savings from vendors providing specialty services to the HRA Members and the Hawaii Foodservice industry.
The HRA website provides the link to thousands of dollars in saving for our members. All vendors are background checked and tested to ensure true value and product/service integrity.
HRA is looking for more ways to increase the labor force in the foodservice industry. For a variety of reasons, labor represents the most complex and perplexing issue for foodservice operators from all segments — one that could keep the industry from reaching a full revenue potential. Hawaii is experiencing its lowest unemployment rate in over 6 years. With the number of new restaurants opening, HRA is working with a number of companies that focus on training and preparing individuals to work in foodservice.
Operators will face further pressure from the public and local municipalities due to the ongoing minimum wage debate and the need to provide benefits, specifically healthcare, to entry-level employees. So, without question, labor costs will continue to apply pressure to operators’ bottom line. Exactly how much pressure? HRA projects labor-related costs could increase anywhere from 50 percent to 100 percent in the next 5 years.
Who will pay the price for these increases? It’s likely the customer. Many operators will have to increase menu prices to cover the cost increases. If you have good operational effectiveness, it makes this easier. But consumers will need to get used to paying higher prices.
Government represents an issue that’s even more perplexing than labor. In fact, 23 percent of operators feel government is the top issue that will impact their business moving forward, according to the National Restaurant Association. It’s not any one factor that concerns operators but a variety of them, including minimum wage increases, the impact of the Affordable Care Act, recent National Labor Relations Board rulings on the franchise model and much more. HRA is keeping you informed as to what comes from our local and the national legislative sessions.
A key factor to prepare for the future is the operators willingness and ability to invest in customer-facing technology that will help them with future growth and success.
In fact, one out of three consumers report the availability of technology impacts their decision to dine out. This covers a plethora of technologies, including mobile apps, in-store kiosks, tableside tablets and unlocking the potential of digital menu boards. These products do more than make a restaurant appear more contemporary. They give operators more control over their businesses. HRA is continuously researching new technologies to bring to the Hawaii foodservice industry.
Technology allows staff to not only target customer service but also impact sales through suggestive selling. Now the technology exists to facilitate real-time education that ranges from information to where the food is sourced to how it’s prepared. And an educated customer is good for the restaurant industry. A lot of these technologies have potential to drive incremental sales. That includes driving sales through loyalty programs and even having the flexibility to adjust prices by daypart.
Successful implementation of technology will become more than an operational imperative; it will allow restaurants to shape their guest experiences long before the customers place an order or walk through the front door.
Let us help you get more business. Log on to www.hawaiirestaurant.org and see the events that we will be suggesting to our extensive list of members and industry partners. Become a member today!
Our Membership Committee is continuing to enhance the benefits that are available to our members. Check out the “Member’s Special Offers” section of our website that features discounts and money saving offers for our Restaurant and Allied Members alike. HRA also has a number of facts and resources that will help you be more productive and prosperous in your business.