2019 Hale ‘Aina Awards


Eat, Drink, Mingle, Repeat!

Dine on signature dishes from award winning chefs at the annual Hale ‘Aina Awards Celebration presented by First Hawaiian Bank! Indulge your taste buds while sipping on signature wines and enjoying live entertainment in a festive setting under the stars on the pool deck of the ‘Alohilani Resort.


Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019

‘Alohilani Resort Waikīkī Beach

6:30–9:30 p.m.

VIP entrance at 5:30 p.m.


View the full list of 2019 Hale ‘Aina Award Winners


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Chef lineup:

  • 53 by the Sea

  • Arancino at the Kahala

  • Ruths Chris Steak House

  • Michelle Karr-Ueoka from MW Restaurant

  • Merriman’s Honolulu

  • VIP Only - Square Barrels

  • Plus, three other Hale ‘Aina Award-winning chefs


Ticket Prices:

  • General Admission - Dine on dishes from seven GOLD-winning Hale ‘Aina restaurants, sip on delicious wines and beer from our partners while enjoying music from a live DJ.

  • VIP Admission - Enter the celebration early, starting at 5:30 p.m., and receive access to the newly opened Longboard Lounge, a unique air conditioned inside and outdoor lounge. Plus, dine on exclusive dishes from two additional GOLD-winning Hale ‘Aina restaurants, including Square Barrels, and sip on exclusive wines and beer. Enjoy sounds from our special VIP lounge DJ.


Arrive safely with Lyft:

  • New user promo code: HONOLULUMAG $5 off your first four rides ($20 in total discount credits)

  • Existing user promo code: HALEAINA 20% off your rides to and from venue (up to $2 off per ride)


‘Alohilani Resort Special Room Rate:

Make it a weekend to remember with a special room rate from the ‘Alohilani Resort. Receive the code within your ticket confirmation email.



Validated valet parking available for $8.



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?

Valet/self parking is available at the ‘Alohilani Resort or arrive safely with our ride-share partner Lyft.


Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Questions about the event can be directed to christyd@honolulumagazine.com.


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Yes, you are required 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?

This event is rain or shine, no refunds.


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 Passion fruit creamsicle dessert from STAGE.


Past Hale ‘Aina Award Winners

2018 Hale ‘Aina Award Winners (Best Restaurants in Hawai‘i)

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)