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Why You Need to Go to the Hale ‘Aina Awards

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The 2017 Hale ‘Aina Awards takes place on Sept. 25. You won’t want to miss it!
Photo: Ross Hamamura

 

Roasted bone marrow. Pan-seared maple duck breast with butternut squash. Bowls of ramen topped with garlic chips and freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

 

There. Three reasons you need to get your tickets to the 2017 Hale ‘Aina Awards later this month on Sunday, Sept. 25.

 

The annual food celebration boasts the creative talents of some of Hawai‘i’s top restaurants under the stars at the historic Royal Hawaiian Hotel.

 

Oh, and did we mention the gourmet cocktails and wine?

 

This is a chance to sample a bunch of the hottest restaurants in town, including places like Fete, without breaking the bank! Thirteen spots, including the yet-to-open Piggy Smalls by The Pig & The Lady crew, will be serving tasty creations just for the event. Feast on Southern-inspired hot chicken and biscuits (Top of Waikīkī); mochiko ‘ulu with charred Hirabara kale, spicy Kewpie and Cheez-It parm (Mission Social Hall & Café); fried porcini mushroom risotto croquettes (Arancino); sautéed scallops and bone marrow with truffled grits (Livestock Tavern); and Thai larb chicken with a zesty lime dressing (Noi Thai). (To see what else will be served, click here.)

 

Arancino will be serving arancini ai funghi porcini, a lightly fried porcini mushroom risotto croquette with a parmigiano cream sauce.
Photo: Courtesy of Arancino

 

On the menu for Agu Ramen Bistro is its popular Hot Mess Ramen, which features an extra-rich broth made with black garlic oil, garlic chips and silky se-abura. And it’s topped with Parmesan cheese. Oh, yeah.
Photo: Courtesy of Agu Ramen Bistro

 

The event, themed as a starlight soirée, will also reveal the winners of our annual awards, as voted by you, the readers. Find out who will win best new restaurant, restaurateur of the year and many more.

 

HONOLULU Magazine established the Hale ‘Aina Awards in 1984, becoming the first local restaurant awards program. The first event was a potluck celebration in a HONOLULU Magazine conference room and over the years it’s grown into a glamorous gala.

 

You won’t want to miss it!

 

The Hale ‘Aina Awards celebration takes place from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25 at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. Tickets are $125 and can be purchased here.

 

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