35th Annual Hale ‘Aina Awards


Sept. 30, 2018 from 6:30–9:30 p.m. 

Eat, Drink, Mingle, Repeat! Dine on signature dishes from award-winning chefs at the 2019 Hale ‘Aina Awards celebration! Indulge your taste buds while sipping on signature cocktails and enjoying live entertainment in a festive setting with friends and family.



Use your First Hawaiian bank credit card at check out and receive a $25 discount off of one (1) GENERAL ADMISSION ticket. Enter the first 6 digits of your credit card number in the Discount Code field. Only 1 discount will be applied per transaction. To purchase multiple tickets, you must make multiple transactions. You may re-enter the same discount code for each individual ticket purchase.




Restaurant lineup:

  • Artizen by MW – Crab orzo pasta salad

  • Budnamujip – Gaji-Jjim: Steamed eggplant with Budnamujip’s special sauce (Vegetarian)

  • Koko Head Café – Crispy fried popcorn chicken

  • Orchids at Halekulani – Pipikaula poke salad with gohan crouton and chili pepper water foam

  • ​Pai Honolulu – Beef stew torchon, topped with crème fraiche and green onions, served on buttered toast

  • Pint + Jigger – Whiskey flambéed mushroom crostini topped with parmesan cream cheese (Vegetarian)

  • Plumeria Beach House – Norwegian FJORDS Atlantic salmon

  • Roy’s Waikīkī – Kampachi, chirashi relish, garlic soy

  • Stage – Brown butter apple bar, maple pecan streusel, spiced kabocha pumpkin creme, hibiscus berry coulis

  • The Pig & The Lady – Frozen S’mores: Chocolate graham cracker crumble, chocolate sorbet and toasted marshmallow fluff


Signature cocktails and beverages:

  • Kojito made with Kohana Rum, mint, lime juice, simple syrup, angostura bitters and soda water.

  • The Gateway made with Kai Young Coconut Shochu, lime juice, simple syrup, passion fruit, coconut water and fresh strawberries.



  • Josh Tatofi, Hot Club of Hulaville, Micah Ganiron and more.



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 jeffa@honolulumagazine.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 jeffa@honolulumagazine.com or call (808) 534-7573.


About the event

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.


The Hale ‘Aina Awards ballot nominations

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.


The Passion fruit creamsicle dessert from STAGE.


Past Hale ‘Aina Award Winners

2017 Hale ‘Aina Award Winners (Best Restaurants in Hawai‘i)

2016 Hale ‘Aina Award Winners (Best Restaurants in Hawai‘i) 

2015 Hale ‘Aina Award Winners (Best Restaurants in Hawai‘i)

2014 Hale ‘Aina Award Winners (Best Restaurants in Hawai‘i)

2013 Hale ‘Aina Award Winners (Best Restaurants in Hawai‘i)