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2010 Hale Aina Award Winners

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Congratulations to the 2010 Hale Aina Award winners!

Each year, HONOLULU Magazine readers vote for their favorite restaurants in the Islands. Categories include Best New Restaurant, Best Service, Best Value, Best Wine Program, Little Restaurant You Love and many more.

The winning restaurants were announced at a gala reception held November 8 at the Royal Hawaiian's Monarch Ballroom. See our January 2010 issue for more on the Hale Aina Awards.
 

 

RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR

Roy’s Restaurant
6600 Kalaniana‘ole Highway
396-7697
Executive Chef: Ronald Nasuti
 

 

CHEF'S CHOICE*

Le Bistro
5730 Kalanianaole Highway
373-7990
Executive Chef: Alan Takasaki

*Award was determined by a peer vote of all Hale ‘Aina Award-winning restaurants.

 

BEST OAHU RESTAURANT

GOLD
Alan Wong’s Restaurant
1857 South King Street, Third Floor
949-2526
Chef de Cuisine: Wade Ueoka

SILVER
Town
3435 Wai‘alae Avenue
735-5900
Executive Chef: Ed Kenney

BRONZE
3660 On the Rise
3660 Wai‘alae Avenue
737-1177
Executive Chef/Co-owner: Russell Siu

FINALISTS
Beachhouse at the Moana
2365 Kalākaua Avenue
923-2861

Chef Mavro
1969 South King Street
944-4714

 

BEST MAUI RESTAURANT

GOLD
Lahaina Grill
127 Lahainaluna Road, Lahaina, Maui
(808) 667-5117
Executive Chef: Arnulfo Gonzalez

SILVER
Pineapple Grill
200 Kapalua Drive, Lahaina, Maui
(808) 669-9600
Executive Chef: Ryan Luckey

BRONZE
Mama’s Fish House
799 Poho Place, Kū‘au, Maui
(808) 579-8488
Executive Chef: Perry Bateman

FINALISTS
Dining Room - Lodge at the Koele
1 Keomoku Highway, Lāna‘i City, Lāna‘i
(808) 565-4000

Longhi’s
888 Front Street, Lahaina, Maui
(808) 667-2288

 

BEST BIG ISLAND RESTAURANT

GOLD
Merriman’s Waimea
65-1227 Opelo Road, Kamuela, Hawai‘i
(808) 885-6822
Executive Chef/Owner: Peter Merriman

SILVER
Roy’s Waikoloa Bar & Grill
250 Waikoloa Beach Drive, Suite E1, Waikoloa, Hawai‘i
(808) 886-4321
Sous Chefs on Duty: Eluene Rapozo, Melanie Nowles, Lou Mellaci

BRONZE
Café Pesto
308 Kamehameha Ave Ste 101, Hilo, Hawai‘i
(808) 969-6640
Executive Chef: Casey Halpern

FINALISTS
Nori’s
688 Kino‘ole Street, Suite 124, Hilo, Hawai‘i
(808) 935-9133

Seaside Restaurant & Aqua Farm
1790 Kalaniana‘ole Avenue, Hilo, Hawai‘i
(808) 935-8825

BEST KAUAI RESTAURANT

GOLD
The Beach House Restaurant
5022 Lāwai Road, Kōloa, Kaua‘i
(808) 742-1424
Executive Chef: Todd Barrett

SILVER
Mediterranean Gourmet
5-7132 Kūhiō Highway, Hāena, Kaua‘i
(808) 826-9875
Executive Chef/Owner: Imad Beydoun

BRONZE
Red Salt
2251 Po‘ipū Road, Kōloa, Kaua‘i
(808) 828-8888
Executive Chef: Ronnie Sanchez

FINALISTS
Roy’s Poipu Bar & Grill
2360 Kīahuna Plantation Drive, Kōloa, Kaua‘i
(808) 742-5000

Hamura’s Saimin Stand
2956 Kress Street, Līhu‘e, Kaua‘i
(808) 245-3271

BEST NEW RESTAURANT

GOLD
Azure
2259 Kalākaua Avenue
923-7311
Chef de Cuisine: Jon Matsubara

SILVER
Twist at Hanohano
2255 Kalākaua Avenue
921-4600
Executive Chef: Ryan Loo

BRONZE
The Counter
4211 Wai‘alae Avenue, Suite E1
739-5100
Head Chef: Ramon Pegues

FINALISTS
Himalayan Kitchen
1137 11th Avenue
735-1122

Wolfgang’s Steakhouse
2301 Kalākaua Avenue, Third Floor
922-3600

 

LITTLE RESTAURANT YOU LOVE

GOLD
Town
3435 Wai‘alae Avenue
735-5900
Chef de Cuisine: Dave Caldiero

SILVER
Tangö Contemporary Café
1288 Ala Moana Blvd., Suite 120
593-7288
Executive Chef/Owner: Göran Streng

BRONZE
Mala Ocean Tavern
1307 Front Street, Lahaina, Maui
(808) 667-9394
Executive Chef: Ben Klein

FINALISTS
Duc’s Bistro
1188 Maunakea Street
531-6325

Le Bistro
5730 Kalanianaole Highway
373-7990

 

BEST SERVICE

GOLD
Lahaina Grill
127 Lahainaluna Road, Lahaina, Maui
(808) 667-5117
Executive Chef: Arnulfo Gonzalez

SILVER
Alan Wong’s Restaurant
1857 South King Street, Third Floor
949-2526
Chef de Cuisine: Wade Ueoka

BRONZE
Chef Mavro
1969 South King Street
944-4714
Chef de Cuisine: Kevin Chong

FINALISTS
Roy’s Restaurant
6600 Kalaniana‘ole Highway
396-7697

La Mer
2199 Kālia Road
923-2311

 

BEST BUSINESS LUNCH

GOLD
Mariposa
1450 Ala Moana Blvd.
951-3420
Chef de Cuisine: Marc Anthony Freiberg

SILVER
Downtown @ the HiSAM
250 South Hotel Street
536-5900
Chef de Cuisine: Susanna Ok

BRONZE
Chai’s Island Bistro
1 Aloha Tower Market Place
585-0011
Executive Chef: Chai Chaowasaree

FINALISTS
The Pineapple Room by Alan Wong
1450 Ala Moana Blvd., Macy’s, Third floor
945-6573

Kincaids
1050 Ala Moana Blvd., Suite 2100
591-2005

 

Related Links:
Read the 2010 Hale Aina Awards Feature for more coverage on select 2010 winners.

Read Hale Aina Chefs: Master Class for tips, tricks and recipes from Hawaii's best chefs.

 

HONOLULU Magazine invites you to comment on our articles and the issues they raise. Comments are moderated for offensive language, commercial messages and off-topic posts. Some comments may be chosen for inclusion in the magazine on the Feedback page, if name and city are included. Comments are moderated as time allows.

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Dec 13, 2009 07:20 pm
 Posted by  Anon

A Best Service award for Alan Wong's??? Alas our last three visits all started the same way -- with a 15 or 20 minute wait in the bar despite reservations made well in advance. The service is certainly friendly but more along the lines of "Hi, I'm Fred and I'm your server tonight" than the level of professional care a restaurant of this price level should provide. And any request for any special dishes not listed was met with, "We're sure you can find something on the menu." Chummy servers and a rigid kitchen do not add up to quality service.

Jan 4, 2010 12:59 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Thats too bad -- Have never had any problem at Alan Wongs.

I was also surprised not to see 12th Ave, Grill -- It is one of the best!

Jan 28, 2010 08:28 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Why was there no "Best Breakfast" category. I like Egg's N' Things and Wailana Coffee House myself.

Jan 28, 2010 08:44 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Too Bad RumFire at Sheraton Waikiki didn't make the cut! Chef Matthew Naula did a fantastic job with the Bahawaiian menu. The food is to die for and and the rum drinks are great! I go there all the time and it is my favorite spot to hang out with my friends!

Jan 29, 2010 02:05 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Hmmm...Not so sure of Roy's Restaurant taking the top award....Not too much of a fan there!

Feb 28, 2010 05:05 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

What about blue dragon on the big island? By far the best restaurant on the big island

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