What You’ll Be Eating at This Year’s Hale ‘Aina Awards Celebration

A Kojito cocktail, frozen s’mores, crispy popcorn chicken plus 12 other bites and sips we’ll be serving up Sunday, Sept. 30.

Sure, there’s the glam atmosphere, live music and a chance to hang out under the stars in Waikīkī. But the real reason hundreds head to our Hale ‘Aina Awards event celebrating the best restaurants in Hawai‘i is the food. So, here are the buzzworthy photos of the dishes we’re dying to try at next Sunday’s event. (Tip: Tickets are still available.)


Crab orzo pasta salad

Artizen by MW

Hale Aina Artizen by MW
Photo: David Croxford


Vegetarian dish: Gaji-jjim

Steamed eggplant with Budnamujip’s special sauce

Hale Aina Budnamujip
Photo: courtesy of budnamujip


Crispy fried popcorn chicken

Koko Head Café


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Pipi kaula poke salad

With gohan crouton and chili-pepper-water foam by Orchids at Halekūlani

Hale Aina Orchids Poke Salad
Photo: Courtesy of orchids at the halekūlani


Foie gras and XO beef torchon

with broccoli rabe sauce and kettle chips by Pai Honolulu

PAI Honolulu
Photo: Aaron K. Yoshino


Vegetarian dish: Whiskey flambéed mushroom crostini 

Topped with Parmesan cream cheese by Pint + Jigger

Hale Aina Pint and Jigger
Photo: david croxford


Norwegian FJORDS Atlantic salmon

Plumeria Beach House

Hale Aina Plumeria Beach House
Photo: Courtesy of Plumeria Beach House



Brown butter apple bar 

With maple pecan streusel, spiced kabocha pumpkin crème and hibiscus berry coulis by Stage

Hale Aina Stage
Photo: David Croxford


Frozen S’mores

Chocolate graham cracker crumble, chocolate sorbet and toasted marshmallow fluff from The Pig & The Lady

Hale Aina Frozen S'mores
Photo: Courtesy of the pig & the lady




Kō Hana Rum, mint, lime juice, simple syrup, Angostura bitters and soda water


The Gateway

Kai Young Coconut Shochu, lime juice, simple syrup, passion fruit, coconut water and fresh strawberries


The 35th Annual Hale ‘Aina Awards best restaurants event is Sunday, Sept. 30 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at The Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort, 2259 Kalākaua Ave. Tickets begin at $150 on hnltix.com.