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35th Annual Hale ‘Aina Awards Presented by First Hawaiian Bank: Awards Ceremony

This year’s Hale ‘Aina Award winners were announced at The Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort, on Sept. 30, 2018.



Peter Merriman

Peter Merriman was chosen as this year’s Restaurateur of the Year.
Photo: Gregory Yamamoto

 

SEE ALSO: 35th Annual Hale ‘Aina Award Winners: The Best Restaurants in Hawai‘i

 

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This Week In Honolulu

December 2018

Hawaiʻi’s favorite obstacle mud run is now available for the keiki. The 1.5-mile mud run will feature 10 obstacles designed to introduce the keiki to the world of obstacle course...

Cost: $56-$66

Where:
Kualoa Ranch
49-560 Kamehameha Hwy.
Kāneʻohe, HI  96744
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Sponsor: Makahiki Challenge
Website »

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Never-before-displayed pieces from five of Honolulu's museums were gathered for this special exhibit celebrating the era of Hawai‘i during the reign of King Kalākaua. The monarch...

Cost: Museum admission: kama‘āina, $10; $20 general; free for 18 and younger.

Where:
Honolulu Museum of Art
900 S. Beretania St.
Honolulu, HI
View map »


Telephone: (808) 532-8700
Website »

More information

Tim Ho Wan Waikīkī celebrates its first holiday season in Hawai‘i, with a limited-time promotion gift card.   Starting Friday, Nov.16, patrons will receive 10 “Wan...

Where:
Tim Ho Wan Waikiki
2233 Kalakaua Ave B303
Honolulu, HI  96815
View map »


Telephone: (808) 888-6088
Website »

More information

“Clouds,” an art exhibition by Gregory Pai, opens at Nohea Gallery.   Local landscape artist Gregory Pai presents a solo exhibit of his new landscape oil painting series...

Cost: Free

Where:
Nohea Gallery
Kahala Mall
4211 Waiʻalae Ave.
Honolulu, HI  96816
View map »


Sponsor: Nohea Gallery
Telephone: (808) 732-4497
Contact Name: Greg Pai
Website »

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Ballet Hawaiʻi’s annual Nutcracker performances continue with their unique Hawaiian theme this December.   Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet will once again be set in the 1858...

Cost: $40–$125

Where:
Blaisdell Concert Hall
Honolulu, HI


Sponsor: Ballet Hawaiʻi
Telephone: (808) 521-8600
Contact Name: John Parkinson
Website »

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Come see the Honolulu City Lights and support local keiki facing critical illnesses at the 6th annual Jingle Rock Run! This signature holiday event features a keiki sprint, activities, food trucks,...

Cost: $25-$40

Where:
Hawai‘i State Capitol
, HI


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Shop at more than 60+ craft, food and activity vendors at Moanalua 99 in Māpunapuna. Admission to the indoor event is free. The event is held every third Sunday of the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Moanalua 99
1151 Māpunapuna St.
Honolulu, HI  96818
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Sponsor: 808 Craft and Gift Fairs
Telephone: 808-479-5525
Contact Name: Lauren Mori
Website »

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Tim Ho Wan Waikīkī celebrates its first holiday season in Hawai‘i, with a limited-time promotion gift card.   Starting Friday, Nov.16, patrons will receive 10 “Wan...

Where:
Tim Ho Wan Waikiki
2233 Kalakaua Ave B303
Honolulu, HI  96815
View map »


Telephone: (808) 888-6088
Website »

More information

“Clouds,” an art exhibition by Gregory Pai, opens at Nohea Gallery.   Local landscape artist Gregory Pai presents a solo exhibit of his new landscape oil painting series...

Cost: Free

Where:
Nohea Gallery
Kahala Mall
4211 Waiʻalae Ave.
Honolulu, HI  96816
View map »


Sponsor: Nohea Gallery
Telephone: (808) 732-4497
Contact Name: Greg Pai
Website »

More information

Native New-Yorker and trumpeter Mike Lewis presents a celebration of what would be Frank Sinatra's 103rd birthday with his very own Mike Lewis Big Band.  ...

Cost: $25–$45

Where:
Blue Note Hawaiʻi
2335 Kalākaua Ave.
Honolulu, HI  96815
View map »


Sponsor: Blue Note Hawaiʻi
Telephone: (808) 777-4890
Contact Name: Charisse
Website »

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“Clouds,” an art exhibition by Gregory Pai, opens at Nohea Gallery.   Local landscape artist Gregory Pai presents a solo exhibit of his new landscape oil painting series...

Cost: Free

Where:
Nohea Gallery
Kahala Mall
4211 Waiʻalae Ave.
Honolulu, HI  96816
View map »


Sponsor: Nohea Gallery
Telephone: (808) 732-4497
Contact Name: Greg Pai
Website »

More information

Never-before-displayed pieces from five of Honolulu's museums were gathered for this special exhibit celebrating the era of Hawai‘i during the reign of King Kalākaua. The monarch...

Cost: Museum admission: kama‘āina, $10; $20 general; free for 18 and younger.

Where:
Honolulu Museum of Art
900 S. Beretania St.
Honolulu, HI
View map »


Telephone: (808) 532-8700
Website »

More information

Tim Ho Wan Waikīkī celebrates its first holiday season in Hawai‘i, with a limited-time promotion gift card.   Starting Friday, Nov.16, patrons will receive 10 “Wan...

Where:
Tim Ho Wan Waikiki
2233 Kalakaua Ave B303
Honolulu, HI  96815
View map »


Telephone: (808) 888-6088
Website »

More information

Show More...
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“Clouds,” an art exhibition by Gregory Pai, opens at Nohea Gallery.   Local landscape artist Gregory Pai presents a solo exhibit of his new landscape oil painting series...

Cost: Free

Where:
Nohea Gallery
Kahala Mall
4211 Waiʻalae Ave.
Honolulu, HI  96816
View map »


Sponsor: Nohea Gallery
Telephone: (808) 732-4497
Contact Name: Greg Pai
Website »

More information

Tim Ho Wan Waikīkī celebrates its first holiday season in Hawai‘i, with a limited-time promotion gift card.   Starting Friday, Nov.16, patrons will receive 10 “Wan...

Where:
Tim Ho Wan Waikiki
2233 Kalakaua Ave B303
Honolulu, HI  96815
View map »


Telephone: (808) 888-6088
Website »

More information

Never-before-displayed pieces from five of Honolulu's museums were gathered for this special exhibit celebrating the era of Hawai‘i during the reign of King Kalākaua. The monarch...

Cost: Museum admission: kama‘āina, $10; $20 general; free for 18 and younger.

Where:
Honolulu Museum of Art
900 S. Beretania St.
Honolulu, HI
View map »


Telephone: (808) 532-8700
Website »

More information

Get your local groceries and crafts from the Momilani Community Center at their weekly Wednesday craft and farmers market. Shop for a variety of produce, crafts and food. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Momilani Community Center
715 Hoʻomoana St.
Pearl City, HI  96782
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Sponsor: Pearl City Foundation
Telephone: 808-479-5525
Contact Name: Lauren Mori
Website »

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Come on down and experience our Wednesday trivia night at the Brewseum. This weekly fast-paced interactive trivia game from 6 – 8 p.m. boasts new questions every week, which are...

Cost: Free!

Where:
The Brewseum
901 Waimanu Street
Honolulu, HI  96814
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Sponsor: The Brewseum
Telephone: 808-396-8112
Contact Name: Glen
Website »

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Streetlight Cadence will be hosting a performance, viewing party of their final episode of Will Play For Food and food drive for the Waikīkī Community Center Emergency Food Pantry.  ...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Barn at Salt at our Kakaʻako
691 Auahi St.
Honolulu, HI  96813
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Website »

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Celebrate the holiday season with Alohilani Resort’s “12 DJs of Christmas” at O Bar surrounded by the famed Oceanarium.   Enjoy a lineup of nightly featured DJs and a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Alohilani Resort
2490 Kalākaua Ave.
Honolulu, HI  96815
View map »

More information

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Tim Ho Wan Waikīkī celebrates its first holiday season in Hawai‘i, with a limited-time promotion gift card.   Starting Friday, Nov.16, patrons will receive 10 “Wan...

Where:
Tim Ho Wan Waikiki
2233 Kalakaua Ave B303
Honolulu, HI  96815
View map »


Telephone: (808) 888-6088
Website »

More information

“Clouds,” an art exhibition by Gregory Pai, opens at Nohea Gallery.   Local landscape artist Gregory Pai presents a solo exhibit of his new landscape oil painting series...

Cost: Free

Where:
Nohea Gallery
Kahala Mall
4211 Waiʻalae Ave.
Honolulu, HI  96816
View map »


Sponsor: Nohea Gallery
Telephone: (808) 732-4497
Contact Name: Greg Pai
Website »

More information

Never-before-displayed pieces from five of Honolulu's museums were gathered for this special exhibit celebrating the era of Hawai‘i during the reign of King Kalākaua. The monarch...

Cost: Museum admission: kama‘āina, $10; $20 general; free for 18 and younger.

Where:
Honolulu Museum of Art
900 S. Beretania St.
Honolulu, HI
View map »


Telephone: (808) 532-8700
Website »

More information

Celebrate the holiday season with Jake Shimabukuro at Blue Note Hawaiʻi. Enjoy the intricate ʻukelele playing and listen to his originals and the covers that have made him famous for an...

Cost: $25–$45

Where:
Blue Note Hawaiʻi
2335 Kalākaua Ave.
Honolulu, HI  96815
View map »


Sponsor: Blue Note Hawaiʻi
Telephone: (808) 777-4890
Contact Name: Charisse
Website »

More information

Celebrate the holiday season with Alohilani Resort’s “12 DJs of Christmas” at O Bar surrounded by the famed Oceanarium.   Enjoy a lineup of nightly featured DJs and a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Alohilani Resort
2490 Kalākaua Ave.
Honolulu, HI  96815
View map »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Tim Ho Wan Waikīkī celebrates its first holiday season in Hawai‘i, with a limited-time promotion gift card.   Starting Friday, Nov.16, patrons will receive 10 “Wan...

Where:
Tim Ho Wan Waikiki
2233 Kalakaua Ave B303
Honolulu, HI  96815
View map »


Telephone: (808) 888-6088
Website »

More information

“Clouds,” an art exhibition by Gregory Pai, opens at Nohea Gallery.   Local landscape artist Gregory Pai presents a solo exhibit of his new landscape oil painting series...

Cost: Free

Where:
Nohea Gallery
Kahala Mall
4211 Waiʻalae Ave.
Honolulu, HI  96816
View map »


Sponsor: Nohea Gallery
Telephone: (808) 732-4497
Contact Name: Greg Pai
Website »

More information

Never-before-displayed pieces from five of Honolulu's museums were gathered for this special exhibit celebrating the era of Hawai‘i during the reign of King Kalākaua. The monarch...

Cost: Museum admission: kama‘āina, $10; $20 general; free for 18 and younger.

Where:
Honolulu Museum of Art
900 S. Beretania St.
Honolulu, HI
View map »


Telephone: (808) 532-8700
Website »

More information

The Hawai‘i Open presented by the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority is a three-day men's and women's professional tennis tournament held at the Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu....

Cost: $25 - $150

Where:
Blaisdell Arena
777 Ward Avenue
Honolulu, HI  96814
View map »


Telephone: 808.454.7400
Contact Name: Kyla Goldsmith
Website »

More information

Hilo Community Players will hold a fundraiser event to fund their 2019–2020 theatre season at the East Hawaiʻi Cultural...

Cost: $35

Where:
East Hawaiʻi Cultural Center
141 Kalākaua St.
Hilo, HI  96720
View map »


Sponsor: Hilo Community Players
Contact Name: Dr. Rachel Klein
Website »

More information

Salt at Our Kakaʻako’s monthly Pa‘akai Marketplace celebrates local merchants and artists on Friday, Dec .21 and Saturday, Dec. 22. The cultural showcase brings together Hawaiʻi...

Cost: 0

Where:
Salt at Our Kak‘ako
691 Auahi St
Honolulu, HI  96813
View map »


Website »

More information

West Hawaiʻi Dance Theatre and Academy lights up the holidays by presenting “The Nutcracker Ballet” with a full orchestra under the baton of Maestro Brian Dollinger with members of the...

Cost: $29–$49

Where:
Kahilu Theatre
67-1186 Lindsey Rd.
Kamuela, HI  96743
View map »


Sponsor: West Hawaiʻi Dance Theatre
Telephone: (808) 329-8876
Contact Name: Virginia Holte
Website »

More information

West Hawaiʻi Dance Theatre and Academy lights up the holidays by presenting “The Nutcracker Ballet” with a full orchestra under the baton of Maestro Brian Dollinger with members of the...

Cost: $29–$49

Where:
Kahilu Theatre
67-1186 Lindsey Rd.
Kamuela, HI  96743
View map »


Sponsor: West Hawaiʻi Dance Theatre
Telephone: (808) 329-8876
Contact Name: Virginia Holte
Website »

More information

West Hawaiʻi Dance Theatre and Academy lights up the holidays by presenting “The Nutcracker Ballet” with a full orchestra under the baton of Maestro Brian Dollinger with members of the...

Cost: $29–$49

Where:
Kahilu Theatre
67-1186 Lindsey Rd.
Kamuela, HI  96743
View map »


Sponsor: West Hawaiʻi Dance Theatre
Telephone: (808) 329-8876
Contact Name: Virginia Holte
Website »

More information

Celebrate the holiday season with Jake Shimabukuro at Blue Note Hawaiʻi. Enjoy the intricate ʻukelele playing and listen to his originals and the covers that have made him famous for an...

Cost: $25–$45

Where:
Blue Note Hawaiʻi
2335 Kalākaua Ave.
Honolulu, HI  96815
View map »


Sponsor: Blue Note Hawaiʻi
Telephone: (808) 777-4890
Contact Name: Charisse
Website »

More information

Social Argentine Tango dancing from 8-11 pm to traditional tango music in the style of the great milongas of Buenos Aires.   $10 with BYOB and BYOS (drinks and snacks to share if you...

Cost: $10

Where:
Paradise Tango
818 Sheridan Street #206
Honolulu, HI  96814
View map »


Sponsor: Paradise Tango
Telephone: 831-239-6529
Contact Name: Jennifer Griswold
Website »

More information

Celebrate the holiday season with Alohilani Resort’s “12 DJs of Christmas” at O Bar surrounded by the famed Oceanarium.   Enjoy a lineup of nightly featured DJs and a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Alohilani Resort
2490 Kalākaua Ave.
Honolulu, HI  96815
View map »

More information

Enjoy the iconic music of Pink Floyd and other classic rock music live in the intimate setting of Anna O'Brien’s.   $5 cover fee. 21+ only.

Cost: $5

Where:
Anna O’Brien’s
2440 S Beretania St.
Honolulu, HI  96826
View map »


Sponsor: Echoes of Floyd
Contact Name: Ken Dorner
Website »

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Looking for something unique and special for your dog this holiday season? Every Saturday in November abd December from 10 a.m.– 2 p.m., Hawaiʻi Doggie Bakery welcomes local...

Cost: Free

Where:
Hawaii Doggie Bakery
2961C East Mānoa Rd.
Honolulu, HI  96822
View map »


Sponsor: Hawaii Doggie Bakery
Telephone: (808) 783-7390
Contact Name: Niki
Website »

More information

Looking for something unique and special for that special doggo in your life? Every Saturday in November and December from 10 a.m.– 2 p.m., Hawaiʻi Doggie Bakery welcomes...

Cost: Free

Where:
Hawaii Doggie Bakery
2961C East Mānoa Rd.
Honolulu, HI  96822
View map »


Sponsor: Hawaii Doggie Bakery
Telephone: (808) 783-7390
Contact Name: Niki
Website »

More information

Tim Ho Wan Waikīkī celebrates its first holiday season in Hawai‘i, with a limited-time promotion gift card.   Starting Friday, Nov.16, patrons will receive 10 “Wan...

Where:
Tim Ho Wan Waikiki
2233 Kalakaua Ave B303
Honolulu, HI  96815
View map »


Telephone: (808) 888-6088
Website »

More information

Never-before-displayed pieces from five of Honolulu's museums were gathered for this special exhibit celebrating the era of Hawai‘i during the reign of King Kalākaua. The monarch...

Cost: Museum admission: kama‘āina, $10; $20 general; free for 18 and younger.

Where:
Honolulu Museum of Art
900 S. Beretania St.
Honolulu, HI
View map »


Telephone: (808) 532-8700
Website »

More information

Looking for something unique and special for that special doggo in your life? Every Saturday in November and December from 10 a.m.– 2 p.m., Hawaiʻi Doggie Bakery welcomes...

Cost: Free

Where:
Hawaii Doggie Bakery
2961C East Mānoa Rd.
Honolulu, HI  96822
View map »


Sponsor: Hawaii Doggie Bakery
Telephone: (808) 783-7390
Contact Name: Niki
Website »

More information

“Clouds,” an art exhibition by Gregory Pai, opens at Nohea Gallery.   Local landscape artist Gregory Pai presents a solo exhibit of his new landscape oil painting series...

Cost: Free

Where:
Nohea Gallery
Kahala Mall
4211 Waiʻalae Ave.
Honolulu, HI  96816
View map »


Sponsor: Nohea Gallery
Telephone: (808) 732-4497
Contact Name: Greg Pai
Website »

More information

Looking for something unique and special for that special doggo in your life? Every Saturday in November and December from 10 a.m.– 2 p.m., Hawaiʻi Doggie Bakery welcomes...

Cost: Free

Where:
Hawaii Doggie Bakery
2961C East Mānoa Rd.
Honolulu, HI  96822
View map »


Sponsor: Hawaii Doggie Bakery
Telephone: (808) 783-7390
Contact Name: Niki
Website »

More information

The Hawai‘i Open presented by the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority is a three-day men's and women's professional tennis tournament held at the Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu....

Cost: $25 - $150

Where:
Blaisdell Arena
777 Ward Avenue
Honolulu, HI  96814
View map »


Telephone: 808.454.7400
Contact Name: Kyla Goldsmith
Website »

More information

Hilo Community Players will hold a fundraiser event to fund their 2019–2020 theatre season at the East Hawaiʻi Cultural...

Cost: $35

Where:
East Hawaiʻi Cultural Center
141 Kalākaua St.
Hilo, HI  96720
View map »


Sponsor: Hilo Community Players
Contact Name: Dr. Rachel Klein
Website »

More information

Pick up vinyl records at Downbeat Lounge’s Secret Record Store, a mobile vinyl pop-up store. Albums range from a variety of genres such as Motown, Soul, and Reggae.

Cost: Free

Where:
42 N. Hotel St.
Honolulu, HI  96817
View map »


Sponsor: Secret Record Store
Contact Name: John Friend
Website »

More information

Salt at Our Kakaʻako’s monthly Pa‘akai Marketplace celebrates local merchants and artists on Friday, Dec .21 and Saturday, Dec. 22. The cultural showcase brings together Hawaiʻi...

Cost: 0

Where:
Salt at Our Kak‘ako
691 Auahi St
Honolulu, HI  96813
View map »


Website »

More information

The popular Salt Bar Crawl returns on Saturday, Dec. 22, starting at 5 p.m. Discover delicious featured drinks from Village Bottle Shop & Tasting Room, Pitch Sports Bar and The Boiling Crab....

Cost: 0

Where:
Salt at Our Kak‘ako
691 Auahi St
Honolulu, HI  96813
View map »


Website »

More information

West Hawaiʻi Dance Theatre and Academy lights up the holidays by presenting “The Nutcracker Ballet” with a full orchestra under the baton of Maestro Brian Dollinger with members of the...

Cost: $29–$49

Where:
Kahilu Theatre
67-1186 Lindsey Rd.
Kamuela, HI  96743
View map »


Sponsor: West Hawaiʻi Dance Theatre
Telephone: (808) 329-8876
Contact Name: Virginia Holte
Website »

More information

West Hawaiʻi Dance Theatre and Academy lights up the holidays by presenting “The Nutcracker Ballet” with a full orchestra under the baton of Maestro Brian Dollinger with members of the...

Cost: $29–$49

Where:
Kahilu Theatre
67-1186 Lindsey Rd.
Kamuela, HI  96743
View map »


Sponsor: West Hawaiʻi Dance Theatre
Telephone: (808) 329-8876
Contact Name: Virginia Holte
Website »

More information

West Hawaiʻi Dance Theatre and Academy lights up the holidays by presenting “The Nutcracker Ballet” with a full orchestra under the baton of Maestro Brian Dollinger with members of the...

Cost: $29–$49

Where:
Kahilu Theatre
67-1186 Lindsey Rd.
Kamuela, HI  96743
View map »


Sponsor: West Hawaiʻi Dance Theatre
Telephone: (808) 329-8876
Contact Name: Virginia Holte
Website »

More information

Celebrate the holiday season with Jake Shimabukuro at Blue Note Hawaiʻi. Enjoy the intricate ʻukelele playing and listen to his originals and the covers that have made him famous for an...

Cost: $25–$45

Where:
Blue Note Hawaiʻi
2335 Kalākaua Ave.
Honolulu, HI  96815
View map »


Sponsor: Blue Note Hawaiʻi
Telephone: (808) 777-4890
Contact Name: Charisse
Website »

More information

Don’t miss this local comedy showcase at the Dragon Upstairs in Chinatown!   Jasmine Bautista hosts and Nehemiah Nihipali headlines. Catch Patrice Scott,...

Cost: $10

Where:
The Dragon Upstairs
1038 Nu’uanu Ave.
Honolulu , HI  96817
View map »


Sponsor: The Dragon Upstairs
Telephone: (808) 5428345
Contact Name: Erika Swartzkopf
Website »

More information

Enjoy the iconic music of Pink Floyd and other classic rock music live in the intimate setting of Anna O'Brien’s.   $5 cover fee. 21+ only.

Cost: $5

Where:
Anna O’Brien’s
2440 S Beretania St.
Honolulu, HI  96826
View map »


Sponsor: Echoes of Floyd
Contact Name: Ken Dorner
Website »

More information

Celebrate the holiday season with Alohilani Resort’s “12 DJs of Christmas” at O Bar surrounded by the famed Oceanarium.   Enjoy a lineup of nightly featured DJs and a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Alohilani Resort
2490 Kalākaua Ave.
Honolulu, HI  96815
View map »

More information

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