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Online job portal to service Hawaii’s food industry

Tristen Vincent of Jamba Juice Hawaii offers up freshly baked goods. Jamba Juice is one of many Hawaii Restaurant Association members that will soon benefit from the Culinary Jobs website launch.

By Yu Shing Ting

Help wanted. If you’re in need of qualified individuals to work in the food service industry, turn to Culinary Jobs.

Hawaii Restaurant Association (HRA), in partnership with the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, has announced the launch of the HRA Culinary Jobs Hawaii site powered by to address the biggest business challenge HRA members encounter: employee recruitment and retention.

“The initiative began with the HRA membership committee, evaluating the best way to bring value to the HRA community,” said Doug Harris, membership committee chair and CEO of Food Gurus Hawaii — a food marketing firm. “After a year of evaluating our options, the OPI/ Classified Jobs team, technology, resources and infrastructure made for an attractive partner.”

The online job portal is designed to benefit anyone looking for employment in any aspect of Hawaii’s food service industry — from food manufacturers to distributors and wholesalers, as well as restaurants, hotels/food service, drivers and everything in between. The goal is to provide real, truly valuable labor support to not just restaurants, but also the broader food service industry of Hawaii.

“The pages of Honolulu Star-Advertiser have long reported on Hawaii’s record-low unemployment, so we know all too well of the critical need for qualified, reliable workers,” said Patrick Klein, vice president of advertising for Honolulu Star-Advertiser. “We saw partnering with Hawaii Restaurant Association on the HRA

Culinary Jobs Hawaii employment initiative as a way to help support one of the largest, most crucial industries in our state.”

The job portal launches Feb. 1, with an introductory special of 100 free ad postings for 30 days for HRA members. Ads will appear for 30 days on Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s jobs website powered by Monster. com, a global online recruitment engine; plus two weeks in Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s Hawaii Jobs section on Sundays, and in promo tional ads at

The limited promotion is valued at $1,000, and available to active HRA members only. Non HRA members can join HRA to take advantage of this exclusive offer. (For more information, contact Denise Ching at 529-4796 or

“With unemployment in the Islands at record lows, the HRA Culinary Jobs Hawaii initiative will help our company and others find qualified team members who are either new to the industry or seasoned veterans looking for a new opportunity,” noted Harris. “There’s a whole rainbow of possible candidates, from seasoned veterans looking to add heft to their resumes, to budding culinarians at the high-school level; graduates of our community colleges’ outstanding culinary programs, including the Culinary Institute of the Pacific at Kapiolani Community College; future food scientists; food manufacturers and more.

“The food service industry provides careers of hope,” he continued. “How many stories have you heard of people working their way up from a dishwashing or waitstaff position, to owning and operating a multimillion-dollar company?”

HRA members receive nearly two dozen exclusive member benefits and, depending on the unit’s size, starts at just $165 a year. Allied Memberships, for businesses that deal with a product or service used in any food and beverage operation, or in any hotel without food service, are $375 annually.

“Membership in the Hawaii Restaurant Association offers a wealth of benefits relevant to the industry, such as preferred pricing for employee benefits; employee benefit and human resources consulting services; and laundry and cleaning services, just to name a few,” said Frank Nagamine, Jamba Juice Hawaii director of operations and a member of HRA.

“HRA also actively advocates for its members, to ensure that their business’ interests are conveyed to and considered by law-makers and policymakers when changes or new laws are being contemplated,” added Harris.

For more information, visit the website hawaiirest or call 944-9105. To join HRA, visit For HRA Culinary Jobs Hawaii, HRA members can contact Denise Ching at 529-4796 or send an email to

Contact Patrick Klein at if you desire to have your company featured in this section.

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NAME: Hawaii Restaurant Association Culinary Jobs Hawaii

CONTACT: 944-9105

ONLINE:; (to join HRA); email (for HRA Culinary Jobs Hawaii)



HRA BENEFITS: Exclusive member benefits include favorable rates on employee health and liability insurance coverage; employee benefit and human resources consulting; favorable rates on lines of credit; preferred pricing on a wealth of cleaning and laundry services; discounts on communication and leadership training; leveraged purchasing power; discounted music licensing; trade show exhibitor discounts; discounts on entertainment; and more.

NOTEWORTHY: According to HRA, there are nearly 100,000 restaurant and food service jobs in Hawaii, comprising about 14 percent of all employment in the state. Also, it is projected that Hawaii’s food and beverage industry generated $4.6 billion in sales in 2017.