Join us for an evening of fantastic food, creative cocktails and exhilarating entertainment as we celebrate Hawai‘i’s very best restaurants. Take a culinary trip around the world in one evening while you dine on artfully crafted dishes from Hawai‘i’s best chefs.
Tiki’s Grill & Bar — ‘Ahi tartare, sunny-side up quail egg, house-made harissa, avocado
Agu Ramen Bistro — Tomato ramen
Arancino at the Kāhala — chilled cappellini pasta with Moloka‘i ama ebi and caviar
Chef Chai — Toasted brioche with foie gras chawan mushi and berries compote
Jade Dynasty —Stewed beef brisket and tendon over rice
Yauatcha Waikīkī — Apple vanilla raisin choux
Budnamujip — Wooeung gui, pumpkin salad
The Pig & The Lady — P&L vegan pho
Buho Cocina y Cantina — Charcoal grilled duck and shishito peppers
Stage Restaurant — Profiterole with Valrhona caramélia ice cream, smoked bananas foster puree, salted caramel whipped cream, hazelnut praline powder
Stripsteak Waikīkī — Shabu Shabu, Allen Brothers prime rib eye, mushroom dashi, watermelon radish
Beachhouse at the Moana— Tako taco with smoked tako, mac nut romesco, charred pineapple
Pikake Terrace — Southern shrimp and grits with jalapeño cornbread
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Johnson Brothers of Hawai‘i, Inc.
The Cherry Co. LTD
Young’s Market and Company of Hawai‘i
Southern Wine & Spirits
Maui Brewing Co.
Aloha Beer Co.
Bobby Moderow from Maunalua
Hot Club of Hulaville
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
The Hale ‘Aina Celebration is open to guests of all ages; however consumption of alcoholic beverages at the event is prohibited under state law to guests under the age of 21.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Self parking is available at the Sheraton Waikīkī or valet parking is available at The Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Questions about the event can be directed to email@example.com or 808-534-7573.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
You are encouraged to bring your paper tickets to the event to make the check-in process more efficient. Should you forget your paper ticket, please check-in by LAST NAME (of the ticket purchaser) at the registration tables.
What is the refund policy?
Ticket purchases made prior to Sept. 1 are eligible for a refund. If a refund is needed, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 808-534-7573.
In 1984, HONOLULU Magazine established its Hale ‘Aina Awards as the Islands’ first local restaurant awards. Before then, culinary awards in the Islands had been given by Mainland travel interests. The Hale ‘Aina Awards were the first to recognize local tastes.
Over the past 30 years, the Hale ‘Aina Awards have been much imitated, but they still stand out, as the most prized dining awards in the Islands.
All HONOLULU readers are eligible to vote. Voting took place in June. A hard copy ballot also appears in the June issue each year. After the ballots are tallied, the magazine designates its readers’ favorite restaurants as Hale ‘Aina Award winners for that year.
Hale ‘Aina means “eating place.” It is the closest Hawaiian equivalent to the word restaurant. But Hale ‘Aina has come to mean the most prestigious dining awards in the Islands. They act as a guide to readers about where to eat, they bolster a restaurant’s reputation and they have been publicized all over the Mainland and Japan.
The Hale ‘Aina Awards also feature a fun and delicious signature event for HONOLULU Magazine. What had started as a potluck celebration in a conference room at the office has grown into a gala celebration. The awards are announced for the first time on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017 at The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort.
In each Hale ‘Aina Award category, there are seven available slots for nominations. Four are automatically filled with the gold-, silver- and bronze-award-winning restaurants and the top write-in winner from the previous Hale ‘Aina Awards, in recognition of their demonstrated high quality. Two restaurants are nominated by HONOLULU Magazine’s editorial staff including food and dining editor, Catherine Toth Fox, based on their own research and impressions of Hawai‘i’s dining scene. And lastly, one nomination slot is reserved as a write-in, to allow readers to suggest their own favorite restaurant in each category, if it hasn’t already been nominated.