Vote for Your Favorite Restaurants


Vote for your favorite restaurants in HONOLULU Magazine’s annual Hale Aina Awards, Hawaii’s longest-running and most prestigious dining awards. Voting for the 2010 Hale Aina Awards is taking place now through August 31st.

In 1984, HONOLULU Magazine established its Hale Aina Awards as the Islands’ first local restaurant awards. Before then, culinary awards in the Islands had been given by Mainland travel interests. The Hale Aina Awards were the first to recognize local tastes. 

Over the past 25 years, the Hale Aina Awards have been much imitated, but they still stand out, as the most prized dining awards in the Islands.

Hale Aina means “eating place.” It is the closest Hawaiian equivalent to the word restaurant. But Hale Aina has come to mean the most prestigious dining awards in the Islands. They act as a guide to readers about where to eat, they bolster a restaurant’s reputation and they have been publicized all over the Mainland and Japan.

The Hale Aina Ballot is your chance to tell us which restaurants you’ve enjoyed the most over the past year and would like to recommend to your fellow readers.  There are 25 categories on the ballot ranging from the best overall restaurants by Island to the best restaurant for delicious desserts.

Only one vote per person (hard copy or online). Duplicate ballots will be deleted. Everyone who votes will have a chance to win dinner for two at the 2010 Hale Aina Awards Restaurant of the Year.

A hard copy of the ballot will appear in the August 2009 issue.

The 2010 Hale Aina Awards Celebration will take place on Sunday, November 8, 2009 at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel’s beautiful Monarch Ballroom and Ocean Lawn. The event is an opportunity for the restaurants owners and chefs to be recognized and celebrated and enjoy a delicious party from their peers and dining industry supporters.

For information on how to attend the event or questions about the ballot itself, please call 808-534-7568 or e-mail