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Business Trends , Tourism – January 8, 2018

Finalists announced for aio Media and Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association’s Inaugural Awards Program

The aio Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Awards awards will recognize outstanding achievements of tourism operators across the state of Hawaii.

The Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association (HLTA) has partnered with aio Media (HONOLULU, Hawaii Business, and HAWAII Magazines) to launch an awards program that honors some of the top achievers in the industry. The awards are a nomination program covering 14 categories across the areas of accommodations, restaurants, events, music, culture and heritage, and agritourism to recognize the outstanding achievements of tourism operators across the state of Hawaii.

The aio Media Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Awards aim to publicly recognize and reward excellence within the industry; reinforce the value of the tourism industry; reinforce consumer confidence in the tourism industry; and promote an annual platform of celebration for the industry and offer networking opportunities for operators, supporters and sponsors.

Nominations were submitted by the public last fall, and three (3) to five (5) finalists in each category were carefully chosen by a blue-ribbon selection committee to be represented at an awards dinner taking place at the Hawaii Convention Center on the evening of Thursday, March 8, 2018. Finalists are listed below in alphabetical order:

 

  1. Category: Agritourism / Agriculture Tourism Destination
  • Aloun Farms Annual Pumpkin Festival
  • Greenwell Farms
  • Harvest Festival/Hawaii Crop Improvement Association
  1. Category: Agritourism / Farmers Market
  • Blaisdell Farmers Market
  • Ka Makana Alii Farmers Market
  • Kailua Farmers Market
  • Kapiolani Community College Farmers Market
  • Keauhou Hawaii island Farmers Market
  1. Category: Excellence in Food and Beverage / Fine Dining
  • Hau Tree Lanai at The New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel
  • Orchids at Halekulani
  • Noe at Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina
  • Roy’s Waikoloa Bar & Grill
  • Ruth’s Chris Waikiki
  1. Category: Excellence in Food and Beverage / Casual Dining
  • Crackin’ Kitchen
  • Duke’s Waikiki
  • Lava Lava Beach Club
  • Waikiki Yokocho Gourmet Alley
  • Yauatcha Waikiki
  1. Category: Excellence in Food and Beverage / Local/Sustainable Dining
  • Alii Luau at the Polynesian Cultural Center
  • Azure at the Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort
  • Japengo Steak and Seafood at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa
  • Merriman’s Hawaii Restaurant’s
  • Ravish at The MODERN Honolulu
  1. Category: Best Hotels/Accommodations -Luxury Accommodations
  • Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa
  • Halekulani
  • Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows
  • The Kahala Hotel & Resort
  • The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
  1. Category: Best Hotels/Accommodations – Large Hotel
  • Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
  • Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa
  • Kaanapali Beach Hotel
  • The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui
  • The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort
  1. Category: Best Hotels/Accommodations – Small Hotel
  • Andaz Maui at Wailea
  • Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina
  • The MODERN Honolulu
  • The New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel
  • The Surfjack Hotel and Swim Club
  1. Category: Leadership in the Industry – Young Achiever
  • Anisah Ahakuelo, The MODERN Honolulu
  • Elizabeth Guthrie, Mean Mango Integrated Marketing
  • Jenny Kim, PacRim Marketing Group
  • Trevor Ozawa, Honolulu City Council
  • Will Song, Lights on Digital
  1. Category: Leadership in the Industry – Cultural Advisor
  • Blaine Kamalani Kia
  • Clifford Naeole, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
  • Luana Maitland, Outrigger Hotels & Resorts
  • Thelma Keahulani Kam, Starwood Hotels & Resorts
  • Trisha Kehaulani Watson-Sproat, Honua Consulting
  1. Category: Leadership in the Industry – Outstanding Individual in Music & Entertainment
  • Henry Kapono
  • Jerry Santos
  • Makana
  1. Category: Leadership in the Industry – Contribution to Tourism by an Individual
  • Denise Wardlow, The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas
  • Kamea Hadar, POW! WOW! Hawaii
  • Teri Orton, Hawaii Convention Center/AEG Facilities
  1. Category: Best Tourism Events – Heritage and Cultural Event
  • Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival
  • Dukes OceanFest
  • Honolulu Festival
  • Polynesian Cultural Center’s World Fireknife Championship
  • Polynesian Voyaging Society’s Welcome Home Event
  1. Category: Best Tourism Events – Agriculture Event Using Locally Grown Products
  • Hawaii Chocolate Festival
  • Hawaii Food & Wine Festival
  • Kapalua Wine and Food Festival
  • Made in Hawaii Festival
  • Taste of the Hawaiian Range

 

Ticket sales will begin on January 8, 2018 and can be purchased at www.HawaiiMagazine.com/tourismawards18

The evening will promise top-notch entertainment and dining, along with a pre-function networking & cocktail hour.

 

 

West Oahu Magazine 2018

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