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By Star-Advertiser Staff   April 22, 2020 A pilot restaurant delivery program launches today, featuring a flat $10 charge to customers and no fees to restaurants. The Hawai‘i Agricultural Foundation and Elite Parking are partnering in the project to aid restaurants who find it difficult to pay the service fees charged by some delivery services. Elite Delivery is starting with 12 restaurants in Hawaii Kai and Kaimuki, delivering to homes in the ZIP codes 96816, 96821 and 96825, from 5 to 9 p.m. The organizers hope to expand after a trial period. The service requires two transactions: Customers first order directly from the restaurant, then book delivery through Elite. The parking service will donate $1 of each delivery fee to the agricultural foundation. The...

ANNE LEE speaks with founder CHEF CHAI CHAOWASAREE I recently got to chat with local culinary expert chef Chai Chaowasaree. Despite closing his restaurant — which is aptly named Chef Chai, too — for at least another month, he won’t be leaving his patrons missing his delicious Thai dishes for too long. This time, though, they’ll be the one’s cooking in the kitchen — learn more online at facebook.com/chefchai. Today, he shares a recipe for easy-to-make Thai Red Chicken Curry. For more information check out our  Dining In feature  ...

HONOLULU – Official trade show of the Hawai‘i Lodging & Tourism Association (HLTA) and Hawai‘i Restaurant Association (HRA), the second annual Hawai‘i Hotel & Restaurant Show is being postponed until later this summer at the Hawai‘i Convention Center (1801 Kalakaua Avenue). “Following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we are postponing our annual trade show for a few months,” said Mufi Hannemann, President and CEO of the Hawai‘i Lodging & Tourism Association. “The safety of our members, attendees and the general public are our first priority. We look forward to continuing the Hawai‘i Lodging & Tourism Association’s partnership with Honolulu Star-Advertiser and the Hawai’i Restaurant Association, ensuring that 2020’s show will enhance and solidify our standing as having...

HONOLULU – Official trade show of the Hawai‘i Lodging & Tourism Association (HLTA) and Hawai‘i Restaurant Association (HRA), the second annual Hawai‘i Hotel & Restaurant Show will take place on Wednesday and Thursday, April 15 and 16 from 10 am to 5 pm at the Hawai‘i Convention Center (1801 Kalakaua Avenue). Showcasing the very best from Hawai‘i and beyond, professionals as well as students will experience the latest in lodging, hospitality and food service. “We are thrilled to feature Shep Gordon as the keynote speaker at our event this coming April,” said Mufi Hannemann, President and CEO of the Hawai‘i Lodging & Tourism Association. “Shep is famous for having an eye for talent as well as an innate understanding of what...

  What’s on the menu for celebrity chef creator and agent to the stars Shep Gordon? A special appearance at this year’s Hawai‘i Hotel & Restaurant Show, where guests are in for a super treat. The man who built a career out of making other people famous and wound up becoming famous himself continues to shine brightly in a world of glittering stars. Such is the life of the highly influential talent agent and culinary mastermind Shep Gordon, who at 74 shows no signs of burning out. In fact, he appears to have a lot left to give even in semi-retirement, starting with his appearance at April’s Hawai‘i Hotel & Restaurant Show at Hawai‘i Convention Center (see accompanying stories). There, he’ll be the...

HONOLULU – Official trade show of the Hawai‘i Lodging & Tourism Association (HLTA) and Hawai‘i Restaurant Association (HRA), the second annual Hawai‘i Hotel & Restaurant Show will take place on Wednesday and Thursday, April 15 and 16 from 10 am to 5 pm at the Hawai‘i Convention Center (1801 Kalakaua Avenue). Showcasing the very best from Hawai‘i and beyond, professionals as well as students will experience the latest in lodging, hospitality and food service. “Our highly successful inaugural Hawai‘i Hotel and Restaurant Show portends an even greater event this coming April,” said Mufi Hannemann, President and CEO of the Hawai‘i Lodging & Tourism Association. “The Hawai‘i Lodging & Tourism Association’s partnership with the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and the Hawai’i Restaurant Association ensures...

HONOLULU – Official trade show of the Hawai‘i Lodging & Tourism Association (HLTA) and Hawai‘i Restaurant Association (HRA), the inaugural Hawai‘i Hotel & Restaurant Show is preparing to open on Wednesday and Thursday, May 29 and 30 from 10 am to 5 pm at the Hawai‘i Convention Center (1801 Kalakaua Avenue). Showcasing the very best from Hawai‘i and beyond, professionals as well as students will experience the latest in lodging, hospitality and food service. “Sponsored by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, I am excited that our first show will feature such notable brands as Enterprise Rent A Car, Samsung and Hawaiian Electric Company alongside suppliers from across the Islands and beyond,” said Mufi Hannemann, President and CEO of the Hawai‘i Lodging & Tourism...

HONOLULU – In an ever-changing international marketplace, the Hawai‘i Lodging & TourismAssociation (HLTA) and Hawai‘i Restaurant Association (HRA) are launching an unprecedented annual hospitality industry event this spring. Official trade show of both organizations, the Hawai‘i Hotel & Restaurant Show will take place on Wednesday and Thursday, May 29 and30 from 10 am to 5 pm at the Hawai‘i Convention Center (1801 Kalakaua Avenue). Showcasing the very best from Hawai‘i and beyond, attendees will discover what’s new in lodging, hospitality and food service. “I am very excited that HLTA is partnering with the Restaurant Association and sponsorHonolulu Star-Advertiser to hold the first-ever Hawai‘i Hotel and Restaurant Show,” said Mufi Hannemann, President and CEO of the Hawai‘i Lodging & Tourism Association. “All...