Hale Aina Award Winners 2009

Congratulations to the 2009 Hale Aina Award winners. 

Look for our January 2009 issue for more on this event.
 

 

 

RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR

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

BEST OAHU RESTAURANT

GOLD
Roy’s Restaurant
6600 Kalanianaole Highway
396-7697
Executive Chef: Ronald Nasuti

SILVER
Le Bistro   
5730 Kalanianaole Highway., Hawaii Kai
373-7990
Executive Chef: Alan Takasaki

BRONZE
Hoku’s
The Kahala Hotel and Resort
5000 Kahala Ave.
739-8780
Executive Chef: Wayne Hirabayashi
   
FINALISTS
Chef Mavro 944-4714   
Nobu Waikiki 237-6999

BEST MAUI RESTAURANT 

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

SILVER
Mama’s Fish House
799 Poho Place, Kuau
(808) 579-8488
Executive Chef: Perry Bateman
   
BRONZE
Haliimaile General Store
900 Haliimaile Road
(808) 572-2666
Executive Chef: Bev Gannon
   
FINALISTS
Roy’s Kihei (808) 891-1120
Sansei Seafood Restaurant and Sushi Bar, multiple locations, (808) 669-6286

BEST BIG ISLAND RESTAURANT

GOLD
Merriman’s
65-1227 Opelo Road, Kamuela
(808) 885-6822
Executive Chef/Owner: Peter Merriman
   
SILVER
Cafe Pesto
South Kohala Coast, Kawaihae Shopping Center, Kawaihae
(808) 882-1071
Executive Chef: Moses “Moki” Tavares
   
BRONZE
Roy’s Waikoloa Bar & Grill
250 Waikoloa Beach Drive, Waikoloa
(808) 886-4321
Executive Chef: Jason Verdun
   
FINALISTS
Canoe House (808) 885-6622
Kilauea Lodge     (808) 967-7366

BEST KAUAI RESTAURANT  

GOLD
The Beach House Restaurant
5022 Lawai Road, Koloa
(808) 742-1424
Executive Chef: Todd Barrett

SILVER
Hamura’s Saimin Stand
2956 Kress St., Lihue,
(808) 245-3271
Executive Chef/owner: Nick Barcial

BRONZE
Roy’s Poipu Bar & Grill
2360 Kiahuna Plantation Drive, Koloa
(808) 742-5000
Executive Chef: Natt Dela Cruz

FINALISTS
Blossoming Lotus Kauai (Now Closed)
Mediterranean Gourmet Restaurant and Bar (808) 826-9875

BEST NEW OAHU RESTAURANT

GOLD
Tango Contemporary Cafe
1288 Ala Moana Blvd., Suite 120
593-7288
Executive Chef/Owner: Goran Streng

SILVER
P.F. Chang’s China Bistro Waikiki
2201 Kalakaua Ave.
628-6760
Executive Chef/ Culinary Partner: Larkspur Sanchez

BRONZE
Beachhouse
Westin Moana Surfrider Resort, 2365 Kalakaua Ave.
923-2861
Executive Chef: Rodney Uyehara

FINALISTS
Banana Leaf Italian Bistro 735-8833
Formaggio Grill, Kailua 263-2633

BEST NEW NEIGHBOR ISLAND RESTAURANT

GOLD
Merriman’s Kapalua
Address: 1 Bay Club Place, Kapalua, Maui
Phone: (808) 669-6400
Executive Chef: Philip Wang

SILVER
Sansei Waikoloa
69-201 Waikoloa Beach Drive #H, Waikoloa, Big Island
(808) 886-6286
Executive Chef: Eric Rouelle

BRONZE
Mala Wailea
3700 Wailea Alanui Drive, Kihei, Maui
(808) 875-9394
Executive Chef: Corey Waite

FINALISTS
Lanai City Grille (808) 565-7211
The Melting Pot of Lahaina (808) 661-6181

BEST WINE PROGRAM

GOLD
Formaggio Wine Bar
2919 Kapiolani  Blvd.
739-7719
Master Sommelier: Roberto Viernes

SILVER
Vino
500 Ala Moana Blvd., Suite 6D-1
524-8466
Master Sommelier: Chuck Furuya

BRONZE
Chef Mavro 944-4714
1969 S. King St.
944-4714
Chef de Cuisine: Kevin Chong

FINALISTS
Amuse    237-5428
Lahaina Grill 667-5117

BEST BAR

GOLD
Mai Tai Bar
Ala Moana Center, 1450 Ala Moana Blvd., Third Level
947-2900
General Manager: Francine Cekada

SILVER
Ryan’s Grill
1200 Ala Moana Blvd.
591-9132
General Manager: Charlotte Alvarez

BRONZE
Duke’s Waikiki
2335 Kalakaua Ave. #116
922-2268
Executive Chef: Keith Kong

FINALISTS
Side Street Inn 591-0253
RumFire 922-4422

BEST PLACE TO TAKE VISITORS

GOLD
Duke’s Waikiki
2335 Kalakaua Ave. #116
922-2268
Executive Chef: Keith Kong

SILVER
Hau Tree Lanai
Address: 2863 Kalakaua Ave.
Phone: 921-7066
Executive Chef: Rene Caba

BRONZE
Roy’s Restaurant
6600 Kalanianaole Highway.
396-7697
Executive Chef: Ronald Nasuti

FINALISTS    
Alan Wong’s 949-2526
Chai’s Island Bistro 585-0011

 

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BEST ROMANTIC DINING

GOLD
Michel’s
2895 Kalakaua Ave.
923-6552
Executive Chef: Eberhard “Hardy” Kintscher

SILVER
La Mer
Halekulani  Hotel
2199 Kalia Road
923-2311 
Chef de Cuisine: Yves Garnier

BRONZE
Hoku’s 
The Kahala Hotel and Resort
5000 Kahala Ave.
739-8780 
Executive Chef: Wayne Hirabayashi

FINALISTS
Aaron’s 955-4466
Hy’s Steakhouse 922-5555

BEST BISTRO/NEW
AMERICAN CUISINE

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

SILVER
Town
3435 Waialae Ave.
735-5900
Chef de Cuisine: Dave Caldiero

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

FINALISTS
Lahaina Grill (808) 667-5117
12th Ave. Grill 732-9469

BEST CHINESE RESTAURANT

GOLD
Little Village Noodle House
1113 Smith St.
545-3008
Executive Chef: Kenneth Chan

SILVER
Fook Yuen Chinese Seafood Restaurant
1960 Kapiolani Blvd., Suite 200
973-0168
Executive Chef: Bill Leung

BRONZE
PF Chang’s China Bistro
1288 Ala Moana Blvd.
596-4710
Executive Chef: Stefan Arai

FINALISTS
Pah Ke’s 235-4505
Legend Seafood Restaurant Beretania 532-1868 or Waikiki Trade Center 926-8999

BEST HAWAIIAN RESTAURANT

GOLD
Ono Hawaiian Foods
726 Kapahulu Ave.
737-2275
Executive Chef: Vivian Lee

SILVER
Highway Inn
94-226 Leoku St., Waipahu
677-4345
Executive Chef: Gary Toguchi

BRONZE
Helena’s Hawaiian Food
1240 N. School St.
845-8044
Executive Chef: Craig Katsuyoshi

FINALISTS
The Willows 952-9200
Young’s Fish Market 841-4885

BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT

GOLD
Assaggio’s
1450 Ala Moana Blvd., #1259
942-3446
Executive Chefs: Thomas Ky and Simon Cheung

SILVER
Romano’s Macaroni Grill
1450 Ala Moana Blvd. #4240
Ala Moana Center, Hookipa Terrace
356-8300
Executive Chef: Michael Longworth

BRONZE
Paesano
2752 Woodlawn Drive
988-5923
Executive Chef: Gerry Quach

FINALISTS
Auntie Pasto’s 523-8855
Café Sistina 596-0061

BEST JAPANESE RESTAURANT

GOLD
Tanaka of Tokyo
1450 Ala Moana Blvd.
Ala Moana Center, Hookipa Terrace
945-3443
Executive Chef: Brandt Nishimura

SILVER
Gyotaku Japanese Restaurant
1824 S. King St.
949-4584
Executive Chef: Willie Okimoto

BRONZE
Nobu Waikiki
2233 Helumoa Road
237-6999
Executive Chefs: Lindsey Ozawa and Yoshio Ono

FINALISTS
Yanagi Sushi 597-1525
Hakone 944-4494

BEST THAI RESTAURANT

GOLD
Phuket Thai Restaurant
1960 Kapiolani Blvd., Suite 109
942-8194
Executive Chef: Khankeo Phanphongsa

SILVER
Keo’s in Waikiki
2028 Kuhio Ave.
951-9355
Executive Chef/Owner: Keo Sananikone

BRONZE
Mekong II
1726 S. King St.
941-6184
Executive Chef: Jean Hu

FINALISTS
Champa Thai 488-2881, multiple locations
Chiang Mai 941-1151

BEST SPICY

GOLD
Sorabol
805 Keeaumoku St.
947-3113
Executive Chef: Chongrak Suh

SILVER
Phuket Thai Restaurant
1960 Kapiolani Blvd., Suite 109
942-8194
Executive Chef: Khankeo Phanphongsa

BRONZE
Spices
2671 S. King St., Suite D
949-2679
Executive Chef: Sam Li

FINALISTS
Cafe Maharani Indian Restaurant 951-7447
Green Door Café 533-0606

BEST DESSERTS

GOLD
Cheesecake Factory
2301 Kalakaua Ave.
924-5001
Executive Chef: Steve Hessenflow

SILVER
JJ’s Bistro & French Pastry
3447 Waialae Ave.
739-0993
Executive Chef/Owner: JJ Luangkhot

BRONZE
Roy’s Restaurant
6600 Kalanianaole Highway
396-7697
Executive Chef: Ronald Nasuti

FINALISTS
Alan Wong’s Restaurant 949-2526
Cafe Laufer 735-7717

BEST RESTAURANT FOR
A BIG GROUP

GOLD
Buca di Beppo
Ward Centre,
1030 Auahi St.
591-0880
Executive Chef: Amy Johnson

SILVER
The Willows
901 Hausten St.
952-9200
Executive Chef: Jay Matsukawa

BRONZE
Prince Court
Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki
100 Holomoana St.
944-4494
Executive Chef: Khamtan Tanhchaleun

FINALISTS
Sam Choy’s 545-7979   
Mediterranean Gourmet (808) 826-9875

 

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2009 Hale Aina Awards photo gallery

 

 

BEST RESTAURANT FOR
BUSINESS LUNCH

GOLD
Mariposa
1450 Ala Moana Blvd., #2101
951-3420
Chef de Cuisine: Marc Anthony Freiberg

SILVER
Pineapple Room
1450 Ala Moana Blvd.
Macy’s, third floor
945-6573
Executive Chef: Lance Kosaka

BRONZE
Downtown @ HiSAM
Hawaii State Art Museum
250 S. Hotel St.
536-5900
Chef de Cuisine: Steve Brown

FINALISTS
Kincaid’s 591-2005
Indigo Eurasian Restaurant & Bar 521-2900

BEST BRUNCH

GOLD
Orchids
Halekulani Hotel
2199 Kalia Road
923-2311
Executive Chef: Daryl Fujita

SILVER
Prince Court
Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki
100 Holomoana St.
944-4494
Executive Chef: Khamtan Tanhchaleun

BRONZE
Hoku’s
The Kahala Hotel and Resort
5000 Kahala Ave.
739-8780
Executive Chef: Wayne Hirabayashi

FINALISTS
Plumeria Beach House 739-8780
Mariposa 951-3420

BEST AMBIENCE

GOLD
Michel’s
2895 Kalakaua Ave.
923-6552
Executive Chef: Eberhard “Hardy” Kintscher

SILVER
Orchids
Halekulani Hotel
2199 Kalia Road
923-2311
Executive Chef: Daryl Fujita

BRONZE
Hy’s Steakhouse
2440 Kuhio Ave.
922-5555
Executive Chef: Zack Inouye

FINALISTS
La Mer 923-2311
Chef Mavro 944-4714

BEST SERVICE

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

SILVER
La Mer   
Halekulani Hotel
2199 Kalia Road
923-2311 
Chef de Cuisine: Yves Garnier

BRONZE
Chef Mavro
1969 S. King St.
944-4714
Chef de Cuisine: Kevin Chong

FINALISTS
Hoku’s 739-8780
Ruth’s Chris Steak House 599-3860

BEST LITTLE RESTAURANT YOU LOVE

GOLD
Le Bistro
5730 Kalanianaole Highway, Hawaii Kai
373-7990
Executive Chef: Alan Takasaki

SILVER
Little Village Noodle House
1113 Smith St.
545-3008
Chef de Cuisine: Kenneth Chan

BRONZE
Town  
3435 Waialae Ave.
735-5900
Executive Chef: Dave Caldiero

FINALISTS
Olive Tree Café 737-0303
Baci Bistro  262-7555

BEST HOTEL RESTAURANT

GOLD
Hoku’s 
The Kahala Hotel and Resort
5000 Kahala Ave.
739-8780 
Executive Chef: Wayne Hirabayashi

SILVER
La Mer
Halekulani  Hotel
2199 Kalia  Road
923-2311 
Chef de Cuisine: Yves Garnier
 
BRONZE
Orchids
Halekulani  Hotel
2199 Kalia  Rd.
923-2311 
Executive Chef: Daryl Fujita

FINALISTS
Mac 24/7 921-5564
Nobu Waikiki 237-6999
 

 

Related articles:

2009 Hale Aina Awards
25 Years of Hale Aina
2009 Hale Aina Awards photo gallery