Since 2017, aio Media Group and the Hawai‘i Lodging & Tourism Association have partnered together to recognize tourism industry professionals, as well as the events, businesses and organizations that keep Hawai‘i a premier global destination.



This year, the nomination period runs from Dec. 2 – Feb. 7, 2020. Awards are given in 18 categories. Nominations are open to the public.

After the nomination period closes, the nominations are sorted by category and reviewed by a panel of five judges made of up representatives from aio Media Group and the Hawaiʻi Lodging & Tourism Association and distinguished citizens with ties to the Hospitality & Tourism sector.

Judges rank nominations based on quality of the nominations, including the breadth and depth of the information submitted, and the overall impact the individual or business has made in their field.

Winners in each category are announced at the Gala Event, to be held June 26, 2020 on the Great Lawn at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.



Leadership in the Industry

Cultural Advisor
Young Professional Achiever
Outstanding Contribution in Entertainment
Contribution to Tourism by an Individual

Nominate Leadership in the Industry




Agriculture Event Using Locally Grown Products
Achievement in Sustainability

Nominate EcoTourism



Best Heritage & Cultural


Nominate Best Heritage & Cultural

Best Attractions & Activities

Attraction or Adventure Company
Sports Tourism Event
Tourism Transportation Operator

Nominate Best Attractions & Activities




Excellence in Food & Beverage

Casual Dining
Fine Dining
Pau Hana

Nominate Excellence in Food & Beverage



Best Hotels & Accommodations

Small Hotel

Large Hotel
Luxury Accommodations

Nominate Best Hotels & Accommodations




2019 Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Awards Gala at the Hilton Hawaiian Village (Short) from Have Aloha Will Travel on Vimeo.


Nominations Open: December 2
Nominations Close: February 7, 2020