HRA Hall of Fame Celebration 2012 Hawaii Restaurant Association

On Monday, OCTOBER 29, 2012, the Hawaii Restaurant Association inducted a new group of individuals to the 2012 Hall of Fame. Those selected for induction into the Hall of Fame are individuals who have “demonstrated dedication and commitment to the growth of the restaurant and food service industry in Hawaii, contributed to the enhancement of its quality and image, and demonstrated service through outreach.”


Inductees introduced at the evening’s gala celebration

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  • Floyd and Doris Christenson, Mama's Fish House, Paia, Hawaii
  • Lyle and Grace Guslander (posthumous), Coco Palms Hotel, Kauai
  • Hayashi Family, Pagoda Hotel & Floating Restaurant /Pacific Beach Hotel, Oahu
  • John Heckathorn (posthumous), Honolulu Magazine
  • Tom Jones, Gyotaku Japanese Restaurants, Oahu
  • Harold and Nancy (posthumous) Manago, Manago Hotel, Captan Cook, Hawaii
  • Harry Marn Sin Mau and Bat Moi Kam Mau (posthumous), Char Hung Sut, Oahu
  • Russell Siu, 3660 on the Rise/Kaka'ako Kitchen, Oahu
  • Teruya Family, Armstrong Produce
  • Francis and Mary Tom (posthumous) and Family, Wailana Coffee House, Oahu

A highlight of the evening was a dine-around with food stations hosted by seven distinguished Island chefs. The 2012 “Chefs of Aloha®” will include: Fred DeAngelo, The Grove; Ed Kenney, Town; Bob McGee, Whole Ox Butcher & Deli; John Memering, Cactus Bistro; Eddie Mizumo, Hawaii Prince Hotel; Ronnie Nasuti, Tiki’s Grill & Bar; and Lindsey Ozawa, Prima.

HRA Hall of Fame Celebration 10.29.12


 Proceeds from the evening will benefit culinary students through the HRA’s Scholarship Program.


More PHOTOS BY BRIAN TSENG / Special to the Star-Advertiser
Submitted by The Hawaii Restaurant Association, the professional association of the restaurant and food service industry in Hawaii. 

Tiki's Chocolate Pasta by Chef Ronnie on Hawaii News Now - Hawaii Chocolate Festival

  • Hawaii Chocolate Festival

  • A celebration of all things chocolate and highlights locally produced chocolate products

  • Hawaii is the only state to grow Cacao

  • Other tasty offerings will include Eat Honolulu’s Chocolate Bacon, Chocolate Shop Wine, Pinnacle Chocolate Vodka and Kona Brewing Company’s specially brewed chocolate beer.
  • Between bites, one can browse vendor booths and shop for everything from chocolate pearls to chocolate orchids and visit the Chocolate Inspired Spa
  • A Chocolate Garden featuring cacao trees (from which chocolate is grown), chocolate orchids and chocolate mint plants, plus the Coco Café & Tea House.
  • Guest speakers and educational displays will share information about locally grown cacao and how it is transformed into chocolate. 
  • There will be live musical entertainment by the Hot Club of Hulaville and hula performances.

  • Event is February 25th, Saturday, from Noon to 5 p.m.

  • Location: Dole Cannery Shops

  • Price: Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door

  • For Tickets & More info:

Chef Kapo @TikiChef808 will be on the Big Island Cooking for "A Taste of the Hawaiian Range and Agricultural Festival"

Chef Kapolanialaimaka Kealoha is loading up his coolers and rapping up his knifes for the 14th Mealani's A Taste of the Hawaiian Range and Agricultural Festival.

It is kind of hard to miss our chef. He is the huge Hawaiian guy with the big knifes and a even bigger smile. Most of the time he is to busy to tweet but he said he is planning to try and tweet a few time at the event you can follow him at

Chef Kapo said he loves this event because it showcase the best of locally raised meats — including beef, pork, lamb, mutton and goat — and locally grown produce and he get to cook along with 30 chefs.

Chef is working on a few new menu items to add at Tiki's and hopes to source even more products from the Big Island.


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Mark your calendar for the 2009 Mealani's Taste of the Hawaiian Range and Agriculture Festival. Come and toast our 14th anniversary on September 18, 2009 at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Resort on the beautiful Kohala Coast of Hawaii Island. As usual, the Taste itself will open to the public at 6:00 p.m. and run ‘til it's all gone or to 8:00 p.m., which ever comes first.

Indulge your appetite and show your support of local agriculture as the finest culinary talents in Hawaii showcase the bounty and diversity of Hawaii island's agricultural products. Featured chefs will create extraordinary dishes using locally grown range-fed meats utilizing every part from the tongue to the tail.  In addition, lamb, pork, mutton, and goat will be prepared, all complemented by fresh fruits and vegetables from Hawaii Island farmers. Exceptional food products like Kona coffee, specialty teas, micro brewed soda, ice cream, candies, malasadas and other prepared foods will round out the evening’s fare. Tickets are $40.

What’s New in 2009?

Educational Seminar 12:00 noon, Kohala Ballroom
It's All About Taste - A Seminar on Locally-Raised Beef and Other Island Products
Want to deepen your knowledge of Hawaii's extraordinary agriculture products? Chef William K. Trask of Hawaiian Culinary Consultants, President of the American Culinary Federation (ACF) Kona Kohala Chefs Association and long-time advocate for local products, will lead participants through a side-by-side tasting of some of Hawaii's finest products. Find out more by meeting the farmers and ranchers, as well as learn simple, effective ways to highlight the best qualities of Hawaii's local products from the chefs of the ACF-Kona-Kohala Chefs de Cuisine.

Attendance by registration for culinary students, chefs, "front of house" personnel, retail and wholesale buyers, and media. To register, contact Michelle Galimba at 430-4927 or via email at Space is limited.

Agriculture Festival Trade Show, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., Grand Ballroom
A showcase of Hawaii Island food products for chefs, wholesale and retail buyers and media from throughout the state.

Attendance by registration only. (Not open to the public.)

“Cooking Grass-fed Beef”, 4:00 to 5:00 p.m., Kohala Ballroom
Corporate Executive chef of Roy’s Restaurants, Jacqueline Lau, and Executive Chef of Roy’s Restaurant Hawaii Kai, Ronnie Nasuti, will team together to cook up forage fed beef.  They will provide tips for the home cook on the best ways to season, cook, and serve this tasty and delicious product.

Attendance limited to 100; tickets are $10.

Who Should Attend This Event?

Farmers, ranchers, and other food producers who would like to have their products featured.  Also, residents, chefs, restauranteurs, tourists, aficionados of good food and anyone interested in tasting the bounty of Hawaii Island. And anyone looking for great food, a good time, and a great deal. The planning committee is committed to making this year’s festival another great tasting event of ono-licious cuisine.

For general information, please call (808) 981-5199 ext. 201 on Hawaii Island or email Susan Miyasaka at