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Hawaii Restaurant Association Announces its 2017-2018 Board of Directors

2017-2018 Hawaii Restaurant Association Chair Tyler Roukema

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Restaurant Association announced that it elected a new board of directors at its 70th annual membership meeting held in May at the Kahala Hotel and Resort. The 44-member board represents the interests of more than 6,000 restaurants statewide and will be led by an executive team chaired by Tyler Roukema of Outback Steakhouse.“I could not be more honored to be the Chairman of the Board for the Hawaii Restaurant Association for 2017-2018,” said Roukema. “The talent level that we have sitting on our Board and the restaurants that belong to the HRA are some of the best in the business. I am humbled to be seated at the same table as these fine individuals.” The directors include 33 regular members from across the restaurant industry who serve a three-year term and 11 allied members from supporting communities who serve a two-year term.

Regular Members
• Chair – Tyler Roukema, Outback Steakhouse
• Incoming Chair – Kelii Gouveia, Hula Grill Waikiki
• Past Chair – Mike Miller, Tiki’s Grill and Bar
• Vice Chair – Hide Sakurai, Diamond Dining
• Secretary – Dirk Koeppenkastrop, Il Gelato Hawaii
• Treasurer – Ben Dowling, Ocean House
• Eki Locke – Bill’s Sydney
• Amanda Kullman-Kipp – BLT Market
• Eron Read – Buffalo Wild Wings
• Slade Neeley – Cheesecake Factory
• Michael Skedeleski – Eggs & Things
• Paul Yokota – FCH Enterprises
• Eric Waddell – Fleetwood’s on Front Street
• Tom Jones – Gyotaku
• Rede Eder – Hard Rock Café
• Gary Manago – Hilton Waikiki Beach Hotel
• Frank Nagamine – Jamba Juice Hawaii
• Michelle Brumblay – Kahala Hotel & Resort
• Jetsun Dutcher – Kona Brewing Company
• Elisa Flores – L&L Franchise
• Jed Roa – Lola’s Grill and Pupu Bar
• Nick Roschi – Luana Hospitality
• Taryn Silva – LuiBueno’s
• Jayson Lum – Moena Café
• Don Murphy – Murphy’s Irish Pub
• Yuka Raso – Nobu
• Dianne Vicheinrut – Outrigger Hotels
• Kahau Manzo – Pacific Beach Hotel
• Mark Noguchi – Pili Group
• Kim Kakuchi – Sumo Sushi and Bento
• Pat Kashani – Tropics Tap House
• Harold Watanabe – Waikiki Yokocho
• Scott Mackenzie – Wolfgang Puck Express

Allied Members
• Biff Graper – Colliers
• Conrad Nonaka – Culinary Institute of the Pacific
• Gordon Chow – Hansen Distributors
• Doug Harris – The Harris Agency
• Sharon Shigemoto – Hawaii Gas
• Jason Wong – HFM Foodservice
• Naomi Azama –AB&A, Exclusive General Agent for HMAA
• Anne Lee – Honolulu Magazine
• Matt Rose – SaniKleen
• James Baloaloa – Southern Glazer Wine & Spirits
• Jim Cremins – Y Hata

The board also announced that since 2016, in conjunction with the HRA Executive Director and his staff, it has increased association memberships by 40 percent and had positive cash flow at the end of its fiscal year on December 31. “The HRA has done some truly remarkable things over the last couple of years … events are being sold out and the HRA is creating a name stronger than ever before,” said Roukema.

The 2017-2018 board, Executive Director and staff will continue to build membership; be a voice at the legislative level; have amazing events; and develop its ProStart Program, a two-year training initiative that teaches culinary techniques and restaurant management principles to junior and senior high school students.

For more information, visit hawaiirestaurant.org.

About Hawaii Restaurant Association
The Hawaii Restaurant Association (HRA) is nonprofit organization dedicated to representing, educating and promoting the restaurant, food service, hospitality and tourism industries. HRA provides industry professionals with access to expansive resources and support so they can maintain a thriving business and serve as contributing members of Hawaii’s unique and diverse community.

*Source: Elise Fujii of the Harris Agency

P.S. Speaking of the Hawaii food and beverage industry, here’s a photo of myself with Shawn Shelton and Josh Guidi, both of whom are managers at Maui Brewing Company Waikiki, taken yesterday while we were chattin’ and chillin after they got off work…

Maui Brewing Company assistant managers Shawn Shelton and Josh Guidi chillin’ with Pomai Souza pauhana time style ~ 7.10.17

Shawn is originally from Huntington Beach, California, while Josh is originally from San Diego, California. Both super akamai, super cool guys! 

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