Each year, HONOLULU Magazine honors the best restaurants in the islands with a gala reception and celebration. The most recent celebration was for the 25th anniversary of the Hale Aina Awards, Hawaii’s first and longest established culinary award. With that milestone in mind, the Hale Aina awards recognized winners in 25 dining categories as well as a restaurant of the year.
All of the restaurants and chefs selected to showcase their fare this year were past Hale Aina Award winners celebrating major milestones of their own.
Hale Aina Awards Celebration
Sunday, November 16, 2008
5 to 9 p.m.
Sheraton Waikiki Hawaii Ballroom
2255 Kalakaua Ave., Waikiki
The event started at 5 p.m. with a V.I. P. Reception for the award-winning restauratns and awards level sponsors presented by the Department of Agriculture's Hawaii Seal of Quality Program. The reception featured delicious pupu hosted by two of the Sheraton Waikiki's restaurants, RumFire and Twist at Hanohano as well as sophisticated cocktails and beverages provided by Better Brands and Glaceau SmartWater.
Special thanks to Green Point Nurseries Inc, Hamakua Macadamia Nut Company, Hamakua Springs Country Farms, Wailea Agricultural Group and to all of the Seal of Quality products and programs who were able to participate with the awards.
Hosted by Kim Gennaula and Guy Hagi, the winning restaurants found out for the first time, which award and at what level they had won.
Winners in the 25 dining categories as well as a restaurant of the year were awarded and invitees were treated to a wonderful 3-course selection from the following chefs and restaurants:
Beverly Gannnon, Haliimaile General Store -
George Mavrothalassitis, Chef Mavro -
Peter Merriman, Merriman's Hawaii -
The time to celebrate! Guests enjoyed selections from Ten Hale Aina Award winning restaurants and chefs along with a number of sophisticated beverage options from Hawaii's top distributors, live entertainment from Willow Chang with Tom Chun and Miles Jackson as well as Vernon Sakata and Chris Rego and more. The Celebration was hosted by Frank B. Shaner and Mandy Suganuma from KUMU 94.7 FM!
The event also featured a silent auction with 100% of the amount raised benefiting the Hale Aina Ohana, a culinary non-profit whose mission is to support culinary education in Hawaii.
Alan Wong's Restaurant-
Chai's Island Bistro-
Ruth's Chris Steak House-
VINO Italian Tapas & Wine Bar-
beachhouse at the moana-
Tango Contemporary Cafe-
The event was highlighted on Sunrise on KGMB 9 during their coverage of Hale Aina Awards Week, November 10 through the 14. Click the links below to see coverage from that week.
Monday, November 10 - VINO Italian Tapas & Wine Bar
Tuesday, November 11 - Ruth's Chris Steak House
Wednesday, November 12 - Merriman's Kapalua
Thursday, November 13 - Chef Mavro
Friday, November 14 - Alan Wong's Restaurant
V.I.P Reception Sponsor:
For more information on the history of the awards, click here.
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