June 17, 2024


Simply The Best Food

The 2020 Hale ‘Aina Award Winners: Hawai‘i’s Very best Dining establishments

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A unfold from Rigo, Hale ‘Aina Best New Cafe winner. Clockwise from prime still left: patatas bravas, daikon tacos with pork belly, crostini with prosciutto and papaya, porchetta, fried shishito peppers, yellowtail ceviche. Picture: Olivier Koning.



It’s been a tough yr for Hawai‘i eating places—making it additional essential than at any time that our audience confirmed their assist by nominating their favorites. In our 37th annual Hale ‘Aina Awards—the state’s longest-running eating awards—we highlight how our Restaurateurs of the 12 months have been encouraging fellow food companies, inquire gurus to select libations for every mood and check in with a chef who gave cooking classes on YouTube. Discover their stories down below, moreover a full list of 121 winners right here.



Restaurateurs of the Yr

Local community Circle

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Wade Ueoka and Michelle Karr-Ueoka. Photo: Olivier Koning.



This pair lends a assisting hand not just simply because moments are challenging, but due to the fact it is what they’ve constantly performed.


By Mari Taketa  •  Pictures by Olivier Koning


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How to Gogikui

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Photograph: Aaron K. Yoshino



Switching matters up, Korean type, can make your subsequent convert at the grill so a lot much better. Learn how to gogikui at the best yakiniku and Korean barbecue restaurants in Hawai‘i.


By Mari Taketa  •  Pictures by Aaron K. Yoshino


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Very best New Cafe: Gold

We Go, Rigo

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Rigo, opened by Japanese cafe group Large, delivers luxury and maximalism to the masses in the sort of a Spanish Italian cafe.


By Martha Cheng  •  Images by Olivier Koning


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Whether we’re dining out at a most loved restaurant or calming more than a meal we consider house, savoring excellent food stuff and an adult beverage can support remodel your day or week, specially now when our feeling of time looks altered. Listed here is our Hale ‘Aina professionals tutorial for a drink to pair with practically each individual temper.


By Robbie Dingeman • Illustrations by Janelle Kalawe-Ching


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Ideal Tasting Menu: Bronze

Just Chill

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Pictures & Plating by Aaron K. Yoshino.



Pai Honolulu’s takeout menu has a couple of meals that are not so very hot. And which is a pretty amazing point.


By Christi Younger • Photography & Plating by Aaron K. Yoshino


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