This year’s Hale ‘Aina Awards, themed Destination Delicious, took place on Sunday, Sept. 17 at The Royal Hawaiian. Guests took a culinary trip around the world in one evening as they dined on artfully crafted dishes from Hawai‘i’s best chefs.
Rice Fest teamed up with Eat The Street for Hawai‘i’s largest rice festival on Sept. 9. In addition to live entertainment, cooking demos and eating contests, more than 20 vendors served dishes and drinks featuring rice, such as mochi, soup, horchata, ricewater lemonade and arroz con gandules.
This year’s Amazing Hawai‘i Comic Con took place from Aug. 25–27 at the Hawai‘i Convention Center. Comic, gaming and science fiction fans dressed in cosplay, attended discussion panels, took photos with celebrities and more.
The first day of the Made in Hawaiʻi Festival was held on Aug. 18 at The Neal S. Blaisdell Exhibition Hall and Arena. The much-anticipated festival features hundreds of local-made food products, books, gifts, apparel, jewelry, produce and more.