3 Bon Appé-chic Outfit Ideas for This Year’s Hale ‘Aina Awards

The hottest culinary event of the year, HONOLULU Magazine’s Hale ‘Aina Awards, is this Sunday. Here’s the dish on how to arrive in ultimate style to Destination Delicious.
Hale Aina Awards
Photos: Aaron K. Yoshino


Half the battle of attending an upscale event is figuring out what to wear—even fashion editors get wardrobe block. For this year’s Hale ‘Aina Awards we put together glamorous jetsetter looks to go along with the event theme, Destination Delicious.


To assist us, three fabulous HONOLULU Magazine boss babes volunteered to be our models. We dressed them in their favorite local designers; each one of them bought at least one thing she was modeling. And make some noise for our art director Louis Scheer: He elevated the looks with gorgeous, glowing makeup that matched every outfit and style personality perfectly.


I have to say, when our glam squad left the office for their photo shoot they looked smokin’ hot. Which is spot on for a spectacular culinary affair. Cheers!


Robbie Dingeman, editor in chief

Robbie Dingeman

Everyday recipe: Safe tailored pieces for workday meetings

Five-star designers: Allison Izu, Ten Tomorrow, Matt Bruening, Manaola

Hale ‘Aina wardrobe inspiration: Bold, exotic hues in unexpected, artful shapes transport you to the spicy southwest.

Style ingredients: Celine Cayenne dress, $148, mattbruening.com. Allison Izu Coral Street double-knit skinny pants, $125, 1114 11th Ave., (808) 591-6219. Katrina Cordova Designs Lena tassel earrings, $21, Fighting Eel, 1133 Bethel St., (808) 738-9300. Bauble crystal necklace, $54.99, J.Crew, Ala Moana Center, (808) 949-5252.


Katrina Valcourt, managing editor

Katrina Valcourt

Everyday recipe: Separates in black or jewel tones, with a long necklace or fun, graphic pin accessory

Five-star designers: Ten Tomorrow, Kini Zamora, Ginger13

Hale ‘Aina wardrobe inspiration: Flattering silhouettes that can easily travel from the car (or plane) to a fancy fête. Bonus: Kaftans are sexy, yet loose fitting, and can hide full tummies.

Style ingredients: Ten Tomorrow Mahina kaftan maxi, $178, 1114 11th Ave., (808) 591-6219. Fun tassel earrings, $29.99, Geometric bib necklace, $44.99, J.Crew, Ala Moana Center, (808) 949-5252. 


Christy Davis, marketing director

Christy Davis

Everyday recipe: Boho tops, jeans, occasionally a dress with heels

Five-star designers: Jana Lam, Fighting Eel, Sandy Feet, Yireh

Hale ‘Aina wardrobe inspiration: Asian-inspired kimonos and high-collar tops are everywhere right now.  

Style ingredients: Tokina top, $31, Veletta pant, $110, Lovestitch kaftan, $78, Katrina Cordova Designs Gigi tassel necklace, $132, Fighting Eel, 1133 Bethel St., (808) 738-9300.


Join us for an evening of fantastic food, creative cocktails and exhilarating entertainment as we celebrate Hawai‘i’s very best restaurants at the 2018 Hale ‘Aina Awards: Destination Delicious on Sept. 17 at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. Take a culinary trip around the world in one evening while you dine on artfully crafted dishes from Hawai‘i’s best chefs. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.