Hale Aina Awards Celebration

Since 1984, HONOLULU Magazine has honored the best restaurants in the islands with a gala reception and celebration.  Hundreds of Hawaii's best chefs and restaurateurs come together to learn what award they have won as they are announced at the annual Hale Aina Awards gala celebration. 

The event is a celebration in every sense of the word. The award-winning restaurants are treated to some of the finest fare from their award-winning peers. It invites all guests to EAT, DRINK, MINGLE and REPEAT, which is our recipe for a good time.

Event Details:

Sunday, November 7, 2010
Royal Hawaiian Monarch Ballroom & Ocean Lawn
2259 Kalakaua Ave in Waikiki

The event is divided into two main sections. First, a V.I.P. Reception and Awards Presentation in the Monarch Ballroom for winning restaurants, invited guests and corporate sponsors only.

Second, after the awards presentation, the evening becomes a grazing event on the Ocean Lawn as the winning restaurants celebrate their acknowledgement.

We will be streaming the announcement of the awards here on our website LIVE, beginning at 6 p.m. HST.


 See pictures from last year's event!


Silent Auction and Opportunity Prizes

The event continues to benefit the Hale Aina Ohana, a culinary non-profit whose mission is to support culinary education in Hawaii.  100% of the amount raised from the events silent auction and opportunity prizes goes to supporting this mission.

The auction features a number of luxurious travel and culinary packages. Here is a sneak preview of some of the items:

  • Montage Laguna Beach Resort, 2 nights with Continental Airlines travel
  • The Pierre New York Suite, 2 nights and Dinner at Le Caprice at The Pierre a Taj Hotel with Continental Airlines travel
  • The Taj India - 9 night GRAND TOUR
  • The Leading Hotels of the World certificates for global hotels
  • 2 nights at The Halekulani Hotel in an ocean view suite with breakfast
  • Degustation Menu with wine at La Mer at The Halekulani,
  • Salvatore Ferragamo Ladies Leather Handbag
  • A 5 night stay at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, Boca Raton, Florida
  • A 2 night stay at the new The Edition Waikiki
  • 1 night at JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa with a round of golf at Ko Olina
  • 2 nights at The Kahala Hotel & Resort
  • 2 nights at the Four Seasons Maui Wailea

See more Silent Auction items and details.




V.I. P. RECEPTION ~ 5 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. (invitation only)

The event begins with a VIP Reception for the winning chefs and event sponsors in the Monarch Ballroom. They will be treated to selections from the host restaurant, Azure, with menu items from chef Jon Matsubara.

1st Selection: Kona lobster with anchovy & marrow butter citrus corn, Thai basil and d’espelette.
2nd Selection: Smoked Hawaiian moon fish purple potato butter, lomi opae

They will also enjoy a selection of V.I.P. beverages from our event sponsors: Better Brands and Steinlager Pure. Featured beverages include:

VIP Champagne station: Piper-Heidsieck
VIP Wine station: Fetzer, Bonterra and Korbel
VIP Spirits: Stoli White Pomergranik
VIP Beer: Steinlager Pure


AWARDS PRESENTATION ~ 6 to 7 p.m. (invitation only)

Winning restaurants will find out for the first time in what category and which level of award they have won. Guests will also be treated to dishes from the 2010 Restaurant of the Year, Roy's Hawaii Kai, and paired wines from Bonterra Vineyards, courtesy of Better Brands.

First course: Big Island abalone and hearts of palm gazpacho,
WOW Farms tomato dashi & garlic crostini. Paired with Bonterra Viognier.


Second course: 48-hour sous vide of beef short rib, Roy's Princeville Farm kale, Hawaiian pumpkin and Big Island Dairy goat cheese pierogi, Hamakua mushroom velvet sauce. Paired with Bonterra Zinfandel



The time to celebrate! Enjoy sampling delicious selection from eight of the featured winning restaurants along with wine, beer and spirits from Hawaii's top distributors.  Congratulate and mingle with all of the award winners.


Alan Wong's Honolulu
Pork Belly with Taro, Spicy Orange Miso

Chai's Island Bistro
Pan Seared Fresh Local Fish with Thai Red Curry sauce
Wakana Soba & Stir-fried Sugar Snap Peas
Chef Mavro
Island Snapper Baked in Hawaii Salt Crust, Tomato-Ogo-Fine Herb Sauce

Hoku's at the Kahala Hotel & Resort
Kabocha Gnocchi's & Brussel Sprouts, Fresh Herb Garlic Ginger Oil; Farro Stuffed Sugarland Farm's Cabbage, Melted Tomato Sauce; Cranberry Citrus Water; and Basil "Kanten", Ruby Grapefruit Granite & Coconut Foam

(featuring Sugarland Farm's cabbage, Ho Farms tomatoes and 1st Look Exteriors organic basil)

JJ Bistro & French Pastry
Sweet potato haupia cake served with chocolate haupia sauce
Orchids at the Halekulani
Sea Scallops "Five Spice" Scallops, Celeriac Puree and Lilikoi Gastrique

Ruth's Chris Steak House
Ruth's Seared Tenderloin served with potatoes au gratin

Side Street Inn
"Side Street Slidahs" - Slow Braised Island Pork with a grilled pineapple slice and a Hawaiian Bar-B-Q Sauce Drizzle served in a Chinese Bun.

(featuring Haliimaile Pineapple Co. Ltd. Maui Brand pineapples)


This event would not be possible without the support of our sponsors:

V.I.P Reception Sponsor:

Venue Host:
Awards Sponsors:
Table Sponsors:
Hagadone Printing Company, Alsco, Y. Hata & Co. Ltd.
Event Partners:
Beverage Sponsors:



For questions regarding tickets, sponsorships or table purchases for next year's event, call 808-534-7568 or e-mail haleainaawards@honolulumagazine.com.