Hoku’s crowned top taste in town

Hoku’s, the signature restaurant at the Kahala Mandarin Oriental hotel, reclaimed top honors this year in the Hale `Aina Awards, recognizing Hawaii’s best restaurants. The popular top-tier eatery was previously named Restaurant of the Year in 1998. Over nearly two decades, the awards — based on an annual survey of subscribers to Honolulu Magazine — have established themselves as a benchmark for local cuisine. The full list of this year’s winners recognizes nearly 40 eateries across the state.


The Best Bar designation went to Diamond Head Grill in Waikiki and Murphy’s Bar & Grill downtown. Italian-inspired eateries Le Bistro and Sergio’s Restaurant received the Best New Restaurant award. For affordable fare, magazine readers recommended Compadres and the Olive Tree Cafe.

In addition to Hale `Aina Award accolades, Hoku’s has been named Best Hotel Restaurant in the Honolulu Advertiser’s Ilima Awards, and has made top lists of Gourmet Magazine, Condé Nast Traveler, Zagat Survey and Food & Wine Magazine. Head chef Wayne Hirabayashi was born and raised in Hawaii, and is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America.

The awards and profiles of several of the top-rated restaurants are featured in the magazine’s January 2003 issue, on newstands now.


 

19th Hale `Aina Awards
Copyright © 2003 Honolulu Magazine/PacificBasin Communications



Restaurant of the Year

  • Hoku’s, Kahala Mandarin Oriental — 739-8780

Oahu Award Winners

  • Alan Wong’s Restaurant — 949-2526
  • Bali by the Sea, Hilton Hawaiian Village — 941-2254
  • Chai’s Island Bistro — 585-0011
  • Chef Mavro — 944-4714
  • Diamond Head Grill, W Honolulu Hotel — 922-3734
  • Donato’s — 988-2000
  • L’Uraku — 955-0552
  • Mariposa — 951-3420
  • Orchids — 923-2311
  • Palomino — 528-2400
  • Roy’s Restaurant — 396-7697
  • Ruth’s Chris Steak House — 599-3860
  • Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar — 536-6286
  • 3660 On the Rise — 737-1177

Best New Restaurant

  • Sergio’s Restaurant — 951-6900
  • Le Bistro — 373-7990

Best Restaurant Under $20

  • Compadres — 591-8307
  • Olive Tree Cafe — 737-0303

Best Restaurant Wine List

  • Padovani’s Restaurant & Wine Bar — 946-3456
  • Diamond Head Grill, W Honolulu Hotel — 922-3734

Best Bar

  • Diamond Head Grill, W Honolulu Hotel — 922-3734
  • Murphy’s Bar & Grill — 531-0422

Maui Award Winners

  • David Paul’s Lahaina Grill — 667-5117
  • Hali’imaile General Store — 572-2666
  • Nick’s Fishmarket Maui — 879-7224
  • Pacific’O — 667-4341
  • Roy’s Kahana Bar & Grill — 669-6999
  • Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar (Kapalua and Kihei) — 669-6286 and 879-0004

Big Island Award Winners

  • Brown’s Reach House, The Orchid at Mauna Lani — 885-2000
  • Cafe Pesto (Kawaihae and Hilo) — 882-1071 and 969-6640
  • CanoeHouse, Mauna Lani Bay Hotel — 885-6622
  • Merriman’s Restaurant — 885-6822
  • Roy’s Waikoloa Bar & Grill — 886-4321

Kauai Award Winners

  • The Beach House Restaurant — 742-1424
  • Roy’s Po’ipu Bar & Grill — 742-5000
  • A Pacific Cafe Kauai — 822-0013
  • Bull Shed — 822-3791
  • Duke’s Kaua’i — 246-9599

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