Here’s What We’re Eating at the 2022 Hale ‘Aina Awards

A sneak peek of all the award-winning bites you’ll dine on this Friday.


Welcome To Havana



What do vintage cars, Cuban cigars, bottomless drinks and award-winning Island eats have in common? You’ll find them all at our 2022 Hale ‘Aina Celebration presented by First Hawaiian Bank Priority Destinations World Elite MasterCard, taking place this Friday, Sept. 16, at the Ritz Carlton Waikīkī’s Lau‘ula Park. This year, we’re taking you to the streets and into the clubs of Havana, Cuba, with an evening filled with bright neon lights, lively salsa dancing, photo ops and much more.


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But let’s not forget the main event: food! We’ve rounded up some of the best Hale ‘Aina-winning restaurants to serve all-you-can-eat dishes to pair with your bottomless drinks. Here’s a sneak peek of what’s on the menu. Want to join us for a sultry night in Havana? Purchase your tickets to the 2022 Hale ‘Aina Celebration presented by First Hawaiian Bank Priority Destinations World Elite MasterCard.




Hy’s Steak House

Hys Steak House Ropa Vieja Web

Photo: Courtesy of Hy’s Steak House


Ropa Vieja – Flank steak, soffritto, bell pepper, Manzanilla olives, capers, jasmine rice, cilantro


Queensbreak Waikiki

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Seared Island Fish, Kobocha puree, Long beans, Daikon, Shiso, Ume yuzu Beurre Blanc


Mad Bene

Mad Bene Caprese Web

Photo: Courtesy of Mad Bene


Fresh Mozzarella – Ho Farms tomato, basil, Tonda Iblea olive oil


Nature Waikīkī



Beet poke with sunchoke purée and sunchoke chips


O’Kims Korean Kitchen

Spicy Pork Taco – Spicy pulled pork with kimchi salsa, sesame oil powder, guacamole


Olay’s Thai-Lao Cuisine

Olays Thai Lao Cuisine Sausage

Photo: Courtesy of Olay’s Thai-Lao Cuisine


Mama Olay’s Sai Oua (Lao Sausage) – Homemade pork sausages, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, Thai herbs and spices


Taqueria El Gallo Rosa

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Photo: Courtesy of Taqueria El Gallo Rosa


Octopus Tostada – Salsa morita macha, chicharrón, nopal escabeche (pickled cactus), guacamole cream




Kalele Eats

Kalele Eats Malassada

Photo: Courtesy of Kalele Eats



Minasa Hawai‘i


Minasa Hawaii

Ube Churro


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