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.
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.
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.
Ropa Vieja – Flank steak, soffritto, bell pepper, Manzanilla olives, capers, jasmine rice, cilantro
Seared Island Fish, Kobocha puree, Long beans, Daikon, Shiso, Ume yuzu Beurre Blanc
Fresh Mozzarella – Ho Farms tomato, basil, Tonda Iblea olive oil
Beet poke with sunchoke purée and sunchoke chips
Spicy Pork Taco – Spicy pulled pork with kimchi salsa, sesame oil powder, guacamole
Mama Olay’s Sai Oua (Lao Sausage) – Homemade pork sausages, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, Thai herbs and spices
Octopus Tostada – Salsa morita macha, chicharrón, nopal escabeche (pickled cactus), guacamole cream