Sponsored Edition: Shining and Dining

Lei Chic She’s Chanel. You’re Betsey Johnson.
She dies for the clean lines of Kate Spade. You go bananas for blinged-out Alexander McQueen.

So when you both accidentally regifted each other with last year’s Christmas presents (again), it wasn’t a big surprise.

Pick up a present that will satisfy everyone’s cravings – tickets to the Hale Aina Awards .

Hawaii’s tastiest restaurant award ceremony is held at the Coconut Grove at The Royal Hawaiian. Once you’re done eating up the gorgeous scenery, dive into dishes by nine of Hawaii’s top chefs and Hale Aina Award Winners.

Alan Wong’s is always quite a catch, especially when he serves up seared onaga with mung bean pancakes. Meat your vegetarian match with lush homemade kabocha ravioli with sage brown-butter, toasted pumpkin seed and pecorino from Kalapawai Café, then pig out on 12th Ave. Grill’s melt-in-your-mouth slow-roasted Shinsato pork belly stuffed with Makaha mango or luxuriously rich risotto al Gorgonzola e funghi from Café Sistina.

Every bite comes with a side of live entertainment from Iona Dance Company as well as sake, wine, or cocktails from a dozen bars set up across the space. Then finish it off by bidding on a sweet deal in the silent auction, such as a three-night stay at the Halekulani or a private wine tasting at Chef Mavro.

So you don’t have to plate it safe to prove that both of you have impeccable taste.

The Hale Aina Awards are Sunday, November 6 from 7 – 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $75 through the Hale Aina Awards Website. Receive a $10 discount when you use your First Hawaiian Bank Priority Rewards MasterCard.