HRA: Past Inductees

The Hawaii Restaurant Association’s Second Annual Hall of Fame inductees were honored in 2008. They are:

Eddie Flores Jr., president and CEO of L&L Drive-Inn and L&L Hawaiian Barbecue.

Marian Harada, who started a food service business in Wahiawa in 1935, and became a North Shore legend, and also ran a catering business.

Paul Mann, owner of the Korner Pocket Bar and Grill, Paparoni’s Pizza and Pasta, Captain Cook Baking Co. and Ala Scoop Ice Cream and Espresso Bar.

Michel Martin, of Michel’s at the Colony Surf and a partner in Patisserie bakeries.

Shiro Matsuo, founder of Shiro’s Saimin Haven. Gov. Linda Lingle designated Shiro “Hawaii’s Statesman of Honor.”

Denjiro Ota, who in 1916 opened Kauai’s Tip Top Café & Bakery.

Chuck Rolles, who in 1959 established Chuck’s Steakhouse and went on to own Chuck’s Cellar.

Raymond Valentine “Buzz” Schneider, of Buzz’s Steak & Lobster and Buzz’s Original Steak House.

Roy Shimonishi, who established family diner The Hungry Lion on Nuuanu Ave.

Maurice Sullivan
, who not only founded Foodland Supermarket in 1948, but, in 1968,  brought the first McDonald’s to the Islands.

Robert Taira, opened his first bakery in 1950 in Hilo, Robert’s Bakery, and introduced refrigerated bakery products to Hilo. He went on to establish King’s Bakery in Honolulu.


The Hawaii Restaurant Association’s First Annual Hall of Fame inductees were honored in 2007. They are:

Roy and Jane Asato, of K.C. Drive-In and Wisteria restaurants.

Francis and Charles Higa, the brothers who started Zippy’s in 1966.

David Hill, of Canlis restaurant and Hill Hawaii sales.

Tosh Kaneshiro, who opened the original Columbia Inn in Chinatown in December of 1941.

The Nagamine family, of Flamingo restaurant and banana cream pie fame.

Richard Rodby, who ran the family business, Kemoo Farm.

Arthur Salisbury, whose 29 Hawaii restaurants included Jolly Roger, Yum Yum Tree, Monterey Bay Canners, Spindrifter, Sizzler and Islander.

Albert Schmid, executive chef at the Dillingham Executive Dining Room and a former owner of the Ranch House restaurant.

Spencer Fullerton Weaver Jr., of Spencecliff Enterprises. Spencecliff restaurants included The Queen’s Surf, The Gourmet, Waikiki Beef ‘n’ Grog, Fisherman’s Wharf, Hawaiian Hut, Popo’s, Trader Vic’s and Kau Kau Korner.

Andrew Wong, of Orson’s Bourbon House, Andy’s Drive In, Big Ed’s Delica-tessen, Coral Reef, Byron’s Drive In and The Chowder House.