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HAWAIIAN
(see also Other Oahu Restaurants)

The restaurants listed under this category have received prestigious annual awards and critical recognition from various sources, among them:
  • 'Ilima Award: Presented by the Honolulu Advertiser Newspaper based on a People's Choice ballot.
  • Hale 'Aina Award: Presented by the Honolulu Magazine based on subscriber balloting.


HAWAII REGIONALCUISINE

(Local food beautifully presented by professional chefs
using the freshest Hawaiian ingredients.)

ALAN WONG'S RESTAURANT
1857 South King Street, 3rd Floor
Honolulu, HI 96826
(Honolulu / McCully Area)
Tel. (808) 949-2526
Famous local chef - one of the originators of Hawaii Regional cuisine. National multi-award winning restaurant. Local awards include: 1997, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2006 & 2007 Hale Aina Award for "Restaurant of the Year"; 2003, 2004, 2005 & 2006 Ilima Award. (D $$$)

CHEF MAVRO
1969 South King Street
Honolulu, HI 96826
(Honolulu / McCully Area)
Tel. (808) 944-4714
A founding member of Hawaiian Regional Cuisine, Chef George Mavrothalassitis employs a master's technique in melding fresh, regional ingredients with the flavors of his native Provence. A dining experience comparable to a 3-Star restaurant in France. 2003 winner of the prestigious James Beard Foundation Award as the best chef in Hawaii and the Pacific Northwest. Multiple Ilima and Hale Aina award winner. (D $$$)

DIAMOND HEAD GRILL
W Honolulu Hotel
2885 Kalakaua Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815
(Honolulu / Waikiki Area)
Tel. (808) 922-3734
Offering the flavors of Hawaii - Hawaiian Regional Cuisine - at the base of Diamond Head Crater. 2002 Hale Aina Award. (D $$$)

PINEAPPLE ROOM
Macy's at Ala Moana Shopping Center
1450 Ala Moana Boulevard
Honolulu, HI 96814
(Honolulu / Ala Moana Area)
Tel. (808) 945-8881
Owned by Alan Wong, one of the originators of Hawaii Regional Cuisine. Soul warming comfort food with a local twist using the freshest island ingredients. (BLD $$$)

PRINCE COURT
Hawaii Prince Hotel
100 Holomoana Street
Honolulu, HI 96815
(Honolulu / Waikiki Area)
Tel. (808) 944-4494
Famed for Hawaii Regional Seafood Cuisine - a subtle blend of the classic culinary techniques of East and West, prepared with fresh island produce from land and sea. 2002 Hale Aina Award. (BLD $$$)

SAM CHOY'S BREAKFAST, LUNCH & CRAB & BIG ALOHA BREWERY
580 North Nimitz Highway
Honolulu, HI 96817
(Honolulu / Kalihi Area)
Tel. (808) 545-7979
The Choy of Cooking! Generous portions of local favorites by one of the originators of Hawaiian Regional Cuisine, served in a warehouse-like atmosphere at Honolulu Harbor. (BLD $$$)

SAM CHOY'S DIAMOND HEAD RESTAURANT
449 Kapahulu Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815
(Honolulu / Kapahulu Area)
Tel. (808) 732-8645
Sumptuous award-winning local-style dishes in Sam's signature generous portions. One of the twelve chefs who originated Hawaii Regional cuisine. (D $$$)

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LOCAL KINE GRINDS
(An ethnic mix of local-style comfort food.)


HELENA'S HAWAIIAN FOOD
1240 North School Street
Honolulu, HI 96817
(Honolulu / Kalihi Area)
Tel. (808) 845-8044
This almost 60 year-old institution has received the James Beard Foundation's Regional Classic Restaurant Award - often referred to as the Oscar of the food world. Serving quality food that reflects the history and character of Hawaii - everything from laulau to lomilomi salmon. (BLD $)

KAKAAKO KITCHEN
Ward Center
1200 Ala Moana Boulevard
Honolulu, HI 96814
(Honolulu / Ala Moana Area)
Tel. (808) 596-7488
Plate lunch (breakfast, dinner) with a difference: more flavorful and sophisticated, more variation in entrees, more healthful options, realistic portion sizes. 2002 Ilima Award. 2004 Hale Aina Award. (BLD $)

L & L DRIVE-INN
2320 South King Street
Honolulu, HI 96826
(Honolulu / McCully Area)
Tel. (808) 951-8333 (30 locations)
Great plate lunches. 2004 & 2005 Ilima Award. (LD $)

ONO HAWAIIAN FOODS
726 Kapahulu Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96816
(Honolulu / Kaimuki Area)
Tel. (808) 737-2275
One of Oahu's best! Onolicious local grinds - laulau, kalua pig, lomilomi salmon. 2002 & 2003 Ilima Award; 2007 Hale Aina Award. (LD $)

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