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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

31ST ANNUAL HONOLULU MAGAZINE HALE 'AINA AWARDS DINNER

31ST ANNUAL HONOLULU MAGAZINE
HALE 'AINA AWARDS DINNER
ROYAL HAWAIIAN HOTEL - HONOLULU, HAWAII

The Hale 'Aina Awards Dinner held on Sunday, November 9, 2014 was a great event.  We had a nice VIP Table just a few feet from the main stage.  While this is a great food event it was very overcrowded and it became impossible to get a drink or food because of the long lines.  Lucky we arrived early and were able to hit maybe half of the food tables and get a few glasses of wine.  Our table was sold as having "wine service".  That amounted to one bottle of red and white wine (Barefoot Brand).  We asked for more several times but were not given any.  This might have been a blessing because it made us get up and walk around the Great Lawn of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel.  Lots of people to see and mingle with.  I ran into Chef Alan Wong twice and both times he was smiling, gracious and friendly.  Really thought he was a great guy.  My recommendations for next year would be limit the number of people or do something to reduce the lines and have more wine and food available so they don't run out.  Terrible to pay this much money for an event and then not be able to enjoy it.  

HONOLULU MAGAZINE 31ST ANNUAL HALE 'AINA AWARDS DINNER
HALE 'AINA AWARDS EVENT PROGRAM
HISTORY OF THE EVENT
SOME OF HAWAII'S FINEST RESTAURANTS
FOOD AND BEVERAGE STATIONS
ENTRANCE TO THE PARTY
THIS POOR GAL STOOD LIKE THIS ALL NIGHT
THE WELCOMING COMMITTEE
THE CALM BEFORE THE STORM.  GETTING HERE EARLY IS A MUST!
WE HAD A TABLE FOR SIX DIRECTLY IN FRONT OF THE ENTERTAINMENT STAGE
NICE WELCOME TO OUR SEATS
I WENT STRAIGHT FOR THE BUBBLY
GLASSES WERE READY TO GO
MY TOAST TO THE HALE 'AINA AWARDS 
GETTING HERE EARLY ALLOWED US TO HAVE A FEW DRINKS WITHOUT WAITING IN LONG LINES
MARIPOSA FOOD STATION
EACH FOOD STATION FEATURED ONE DISH
ROASTED LEG OF LAMB, QUINOA GREEK SALAD, GRILLED NAN BREAD, HERB YOGURT
DRESSING AND POMEGRANATE MOLASSES
WOULD HAVE BEEN NICE IF IT STAYED LIKE THIS.  EVENT WAS TOO CROWDED WITH
LONG LINES AND WAITING FOR FOOD AND BEVERAGES
THE WINE RAN OUT EARLY IN THE EVENING
WE NEVER GOT TO TRY THE FOOD AT PIG AND THE LADY.  LINE WAS TOO LONG AND
THEN THEY RAN OUT OF FOOD
ROY'S WAIKIKI FOOD STATION
KAMPACHI CRUDO.  GARLIC AIOLI, YUZU KOSHO, WHITE SOY, JALAPENO
CAVIAR, KAHUKU SEA ASPARAGUS
ALAN WONG'S FOOD STATION
THE KING OF HAWAII FINE DINING AND HAWAII REGIONAL CUISINE WAS HERE
BRAISED SHORT RIB WITH SPICY MUSHROOM AND PEANUT RELISH
AZURE FOOD STATION
SMOKED PIER 38 FISH CHOWDER.  SWEET CORN, FINGERLING POTATO,
LUP CHEONG, OYSTER CRACKER
TIKI'S FOOD STATION
BIG ISLE GRASS FED BEEF TENDERLOIN, UNI SHISO BEARNAISE, KULA ONION SOUBISE,
REGGIANO YUKON FRITTE
RAN INTO MY FRIEND MAILE WHO OWNS MAILE'S THAI BISTRO
MET CHEF ALAN WONG AND HE WAS AWESOME!
THE CHAMPAGNE GAL PULLED ME IN WITH THE LARGE BOTTLE
ENDED THE EVENING THE WAY IT STARTED WITH A GLASS OF BUBBLY
EVENT WAS BIG TIME CROWDED.  THEY RAN OUT OF WINE AND FOOD 

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