What You’ll Be Eating at This Year’s Hale ‘Aina Awards Celebration

A Kojito cocktail, frozen s’mores, crispy popcorn chicken plus 12 other bites and sips we’ll be serving up Sunday, Sept. 30.


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Sure, there’s the glam atmosphere, live music and a chance to hang out under the stars in Waikīkī. But the real reason hundreds head to our Hale ‘Aina Awards event celebrating the best restaurants in Hawai‘i is the food. So, here are the buzzworthy photos of the dishes we’re dying to try at next Sunday’s event. (Tip: Tickets are still available.)

 

Crab orzo pasta salad

Artizen by MW

Hale Aina Artizen by MW

Photo: David Croxford

 

Vegetarian dish: Gaji-jjim

Steamed eggplant with Budnamujip’s special sauce

Hale Aina Budnamujip

Photo: courtesy of budnamujip

 

Crispy fried popcorn chicken

Koko Head Café

 

SEE ALSO: 8 Inside Tips for Doing the Hale ‘Aina Awards Right

 

Pipi kaula poke salad

With gohan crouton and chili-pepper-water foam by Orchids at Halekūlani

Hale Aina Orchids Poke Salad

Photo: Courtesy of orchids at the halekūlani

 

Foie gras and XO beef torchon

with broccoli rabe sauce and kettle chips by Pai Honolulu

PAI Honolulu

Photo: Aaron K. Yoshino

 

Vegetarian dish: Whiskey flambéed mushroom crostini 

Topped with Parmesan cream cheese by Pint + Jigger

Hale Aina Pint and Jigger

Photo: david croxford

 

Norwegian FJORDS Atlantic salmon

Plumeria Beach House

Hale Aina Plumeria Beach House

Photo: Courtesy of Plumeria Beach House

 

Desserts

Brown butter apple bar 

With maple pecan streusel, spiced kabocha pumpkin crème and hibiscus berry coulis by Stage

Hale Aina Stage

Photo: David Croxford

 

Frozen S’mores

Chocolate graham cracker crumble, chocolate sorbet and toasted marshmallow fluff from The Pig & The Lady

Hale Aina Frozen S'mores

Photo: Courtesy of the pig & the lady

 

Cocktails

Kojito

Kō Hana Rum, mint, lime juice, simple syrup, Angostura bitters and soda water

 

The Gateway

Kai Young Coconut Shochu, lime juice, simple syrup, passion fruit, coconut water and fresh strawberries

 

The 35th Annual Hale ‘Aina Awards best restaurants event is Sunday, Sept. 30 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at The Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort, 2259 Kalākaua Ave. Tickets begin at $150 on hnltix.com.

 

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