2014 Honolulu Pulse Awards

Sep. 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Got a favorite spot for pizza, or know where to go when it’s late at night and you have the munchies?

Where is the best bar for beer in Honolulu? How about the best bar for day drinking, or the best bar for people who don’t like bars?

We asked readers of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s entertainment website, Honolulu Pulse, to nominate their favorites in nearly 50 categories for the first-ever Honolulu Pulse Awards.

A public online vote was held in July to determine the winners listed below. They’ll be celebrated during a VIP party on Sept. 24 at The Safehouse inside The Republik, followed by the official Honolulu Pulse Awards Afterparty that’s open to the general public starting at 9 p.m. Admission is free; the parties are sponsored by Bacardi and will feature performances by some of the winners.

Since its launch in 2010, the Pulse has served as a vital source of locally produced coverage of Honolulu’s arts, entertainment, food and nightlife scenes. More than 200,000 unique visitors access the site every month for the latest news and photo event coverage, plus more than a dozen regular weekly features produced by a team of veteran reporters and bloggers.

Jason Genegabus, Entertainment Editor/Online


2014 HONOLULU PULSE AWARDS

Click here for category index

BEST BAR

Best Bar

First Place:

Pint & Jigger
1936 S. King St.
(808) 744-9593

Finalists:

» REAL a Gastropub
» Manifest
» Bevy
» The Safehouse

BEST BAR FOOD

Best Bar Food

First Place:

Side Street Inn
Ala Moana, Kapahulu
www.sidestreetinn.com

Finalists:

» Home Bar & Grill
» Dash Gastropub
» REAL a gastropub
» Chez Kenzo

BEST BAR FOR BEER

Best Bar for Beer

First Place:

Yard House Waikiki
226 Lewers St.
(808) 923-9273

Finalists:

» BREW’d Craft Pub
» Kona Brewing Company Hawaii Kai
» Honolulu Beerworks
» Tropics Tap House

BEST BAR FOR DAY DRINKING

Best Bar for Day Drinking

First Place:

Mai Tai Bar
Ala Moana Center
(808) 947-2900 www.maitaibar.com

Finalists:

» BREW’d Craft Pub
» Kona Brewing Company Hawaii Kai
» Honolulu Beerworks
» Tropics Tap House

BEST BAR FOR PEOPLE WHO DON’T LIKE BARS

Best Bar for People Who Dont Like Bars

First Place:

Dave & Buster’s
1030 Auahi St.
(808) 589-2215

Finalists:

» The Pig and the Lady
» The Study at the Modern Honolulu
» Nocturna Lounge
» The Corner Kitchen

BEST BARTENDER

Best Bartender

First Place:

Dave Thor Newman, Pint + Jigger
1936 S. King St.
(808) 744-9593

Finalists:

» Brian Zablan, M Nightclub
» Justin K. Park, The Manifest
» Jon Schwalbenitz, Murphy’s Bar & Grill
» Christian Self, Bevy

BEST BURGER

Best Burger

First Place:

Teddy’s Bigger Burgers
11 locations in Hawaii
teddysbiggerburgers.com

Finalists:

» The Counter
» Kua‘Aina Sandwich
» W&M BBQ Burgers
» Pint + Jigger

BEST CHEAP DATE

Best Cheap Date

First Place:

The Beach

Finalists:

» Friday Night Picnic and Fireworks at Magic Island
» Bubbies Homemade Ice Cream & Desserts
» Honolulu Night Market
» Diamond Head Crater Hike

BEST CLOTHING BOUTIQUE

Best Clothing Boutique

First Place:

Bamboo Sky
401 Kamakee St. #104
(808) 591-8003 www.bamboosky.com

Finalists:

» Manuheali’i
» Fighting Eel
» Barrio Vintage
» Valerie Joseph Boutique

BEST COCKTAIL LOUNGE

Best Cocktail Lounge

First Place:

RumFire Waikiki
2255 Kalakaua Ave.
(808) 922-4422 www.rumfirewaikiki.com

Finalists:

» Lewers Lounge
» Nocturna Lounge
» The Safehouse
» The Study at the Modern Honolulu

BEST DATE NIGHT

Best Date Night

First Place:

Alan Wong’s Honolulu
1857 S. King St. #208
(808) 949-2526 www.alanwongs.com

Finalists:

» Hy’s Steak House
» Nobu Waikiki
» Morton’s the Steakhouse
» Vintage Cave Honolulu

BEST DESSERT

Best Dessert

First Place:

JJ Bistro & French Pastry
3347 Waialae Ave.
(808) 739-0993

Finalists:

» Via Gelato
» Frostcity
» Otto Cake
» MW Restaurant

BEST DJ

Best DJ

First Place:

DJ Jimmy Taco
www.jimmytaco.com

Finalists:

» DJ Anit
» DJ Delve
» Ross Jackson
» Willis Haltom

BEST FOOD TRUCK

Best Food Truck

First Place:

Giovanni’s Aloha Shrimp Truck
55-505 Kamehameha Hwy.
www.giovannisshrimptruck.com

Finalists:

» Elena’s
» Kau Kau Grill
» Koi Lunchwagon
» Sweet Revenge

BEST GAY-FRIENDLY BAR

Best Gay Friendly Bar

First Place:

Hula’s Bar & Lei Stand
134 Kapahulu Ave.
(808) 923-0669 www.hulas.com

Finalists:

» Chiko’s Tavern
» Fusion Waikiki
» Imua Lounge
» Wang Chung’s

BEST GO-GO DANCER

Best Go Go Dancer

First Place:

Cherry Lei
www.facebook.com/gogocherrylei

Finalists:

» Nikki Sotelo
» Kawailehua Makalii
» Ashley Cee
» Tori Ninetails

BEST GYM

Best Gym

First Place:

24 Hour Fitness
Eight locations in Hawaii
(808) 951-7677 www.24hourfitness.com

Finalists:

» UFC Gym BJ Penn
» Honolulu Club
» Egan’s Fit Body Bootcamp
» Volcanic Rock Gym

BEST INSTAGRAM

Best Instagram

First Place:

Dallas Nagata White
@dallasnagata
www.dnwphoto.com

Finalists:

» San Lorenzo Bikinis (@sanlorenzobikinis)
» Ryan A. (@ryagra)
» Landon Tom (@landonjumpoff)
» Zak Noyle (@zaknoyle)

BEST JUICE BAR

Best Juice Bar

First Place:

Lanikai Juice
600 Kailua Rd. #101
www.lanikaijuice.com

Finalists:

» HiBlend Health Bar & Cafe
» Jewel or Juice
» Impressed Juice
» Salted Lemon

BEST KARAOKE

Best Karaoke

First Place:

Krazy Karaoke
1308 Young St. and Pearl Kai Shopping Center
(808) 591-8843 (808) 484-0269

Finalists:

» Karaoke Hut
» Air Park
» Nocturna Lounge
» Wang Chung’s

BEST LATE-NIGHT FOOD

Best Late Night Food

First Place:

Liliha Bakery
515 Kuakini St.
www.facebook.com/lilihabakeryhi

Finalists:

» Zippy’s
» Anna Miller’s
» Sorabol
» Miki’s

BEST LIVE MUSIC VENUE

Best Live Music Venue

First Place:

The Republik
1349 Kapiolani Blvd. #30
(808) 941-7469 www.jointherepublik.com

Finalists:

» Mai Tai Bar
» Crossroads at Hawaiian Brian’s
» Duke’s Waikiki
» Station Bar and Lounge

BEST LOCAL ARTIST

Best Local Artist

First Place:

Clark Little
www.clarklittle.com

Finalists:

» Solomon Enos
» Kimi Werner
» Nicole Naone
» Lucky Olelo

BEST LOCAL BAND – ROCK

Best Local Band Rock

First Place:

Kings of Spade
@kingsofspadeofficial
www.kingsofspade.com

Finalists:

» 82Fifty
» Pimpbot
» Streetlight Cadence
» Busekrus

BEST LOCAL BAND – REGGAE

Best Local Band Reggae

First Place:

The Green
@thegreen808
www.thegreen808.com

Finalists:

» Rebel SoulJahz
» The Jimmy Weeks Project
» Hot Rain
» The Steppas

BEST LOCAL BAND – HAWAIIAN

Best Local Band Hawaiian

First Place:

The Makaha Sons
www.makahasons.com

Finalists:

» The Brothers Cazimero
» Holunape
» Waipuna
» Pa‘ahana

BEST LOCAL HIP-HOP ARTIST/GROUP

Best Local Hip Hop

First Place:

Jazi
@jazihi
www.jazimusic.com

Finalists:

» Krystilez
» Broke Mokes
» IllisIt
» Prie

BEST LOCAL SOLO ARTIST

Best Local Solo Artist

First Place:

Anuhea
@anuheajams
www.anuheajams.com

Finalists:

» Jack Johnson
» Mike Love
» Mark Yamanaka
» Makua Rothman

BEST NEW THING

Best New Thing

First Place:

H&M Waikiki
2270 Kalakaua Ave. #1800
(808) 922-2555

Finalists:

» Same-Sex Marriage
» Ramen Burger
» Kendama
» Mars Comedy Club

BEST NIGHTCLUB

Best Nightclub

First Place:

M Nightclub
500 Ala Moana Blvd.
@mnlhnl
www.mnlhnl.com

Finalists:

» Addiction Nightclub
» Nextdoor
» Ginza
» Vice Nightclub

BEST PAU HANA

Best Pau Hana

First Place:

Mai Tai Bar
Ala Moana Center, 4th Floor
(808) 947-2900 www.maitaibar.com

Finalists:

» Doraku Sushi
» Home Bar & Grill
» REAL a gastropub
» The Row Bar

BEST PIZZA

Best Pizza

First Place:

J.J. Dolan’s
1147 Bethel St.
(808) 537-4992 www.jjdolans.com

Finalists:

» Brick Oven Pizza
» Valenti Pizza at Bar 35
» Zpizza

BEST PLACE FOR COFFEE

Best Place for Coffee

First Place:

Coffee or Tea?
Pearl Kai and McCully locations
(808) 942-4357

Finalists:

» Kissaten
» Morning Glass Coffee + Cafe
» The Manifest
» Sure Shot Cafe

BEST PLACE TO GO DANCING

Best Place to Go Dancing

First Place:

Addiction Nightclub
1775 Ala Moana Blvd.
(808) 943-5800

Finalists:

» M Nightclub
» Rumours Nightclub
» The Republik
» Asylum Afterhours

BEST PLACE TO HOST A PRIVATE PARTY

Best Place for Private Party

First Place:

Halekulani
2199 Kalia Rd.
(808) 923-2311 www.halekulani.com

Finalists:

» The Bayer Estate
» The Republik
» Ko‘olau Ballrooms
» Hawaiian Brian’s

BEST PLACE TO PLAY POOL

Best Place for Pool

First Place:

Hawaiian Brian’s
1680 Kapiolani Blvd.
www.hawaiianbrians.com

Finalists:

» Dave & Buster’s
» 8 Fat Fat 8 Bar & Grille
» The Hideaway Bar Waikiki
» Velvet Touch Billiards

BEST PLACE TO STUDY

Best Place to Study

First Place:

Starbucks
71 locations on Oahu
www.starbucks.com

Finalists:

» Coffee Talk
» Fresh Cafe
» Kissaten
» Smokey’s Pipe and Coffee

BEST PLACE TO TAKE VISITORS

Best Place for Visitors

First Place:

Ala Moana Center
1450 Ala Moana Blvd.
www.alamoanacenter.com

Finalists:

» Lanikai
» Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve
» Kapiolani Community College Farmers Market
» Bishop Museum

BEST PLATE LUNCH

Best Plate Lunch

First Place:

Rainbow Drive-In
3308 Kanaina Ave.
(808) 737-0177 www.rainbowdrivein.com

Finalists:

» Alicia’s Market
» L&L Hawaiian Barbecue
» Pioneer Saloon
» Miki’s

BEST RAMEN

Best Ramen

First Place:

Goma Tei Ramen
Three locations on Oahu
www.gomatei.com

Finalists:

» Agu Ramen
» Lucky Belly
» Hokkaido Ramen Santouka
» Daiichi Ramen

BEST RESTAURANT

Best Restaurant

First Place:

Alan Wong’s Honolulu
1857 S. King St. #208
(808) 949-2526 www.alanwongs.com

Finalists:

» Ruth’s Chris Steak House
» Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ
» The Pig and the Lady
» MW Restaurant

BEST RESTAURANT BAR

Best Restaurant Bar

First Place:

Side Street Inn
Ala Moana and Kapahulu locations
www.sidestreetinn.com

Finalists:

» 12th Ave Grill
» Nico’s at Pier 38
» Monkeypod Kitchen Ko Olina
» Kona Brewing Company Hawaii Kai

BEST SPORTS BAR

Best Sports Bar

First Place:

Buffalo Wild Wings
Waikiki and Pearl City locations
www.buffalowildwings.com

Finalists:

» Armbar Sports Bar & Grill
» Giovanni Pastrami
» TJ’s Sports Bar
» Tropics Tap House

BEST STREETWEAR SHOP

Best Streetwear Shop

First Place:

Farmers Market Hawaii
1430 Kona St.
@farmersmarkethawaii
www.farmersmarkethawaii.com

Finalists:

» In4mation
» Fitted Hawaii
» Hawaii’s Finest
» KICKS/HI

BEST SURF SHOP

Best Surf Shop

First Place:

Hawaiian Island Creations
13 locations in Hawaii
www.hicsurf.com

Finalists:

» Town & Country Surf
» Local Motion
» Sera’s Surf ‘N’ Shore
» Surf Garage

BEST SUSHI

Best Sushi

First Place:

Doraku Sushi
Kapiolani and Waikiki locations
(808) 591-0101 www.dorakusushi.com

Finalists:

» Genki Sushi
» Yanagi Sushi
» Nobu Waikiki
» Morio’s Sushi Bistro

BEST TATTOO PARLOR

Best Tattoo Parlor

First Place:

808 Tattoo
46-018 Kamehameha Hwy. #211
@808tattoo
(808) 234-1501 www.808tattoo.com

Finalists:

» Black Cat Tattoo
» Soul Signature Tattoo
» Odyssey Tattoo
» Rock Solid Tattoo

BEST TWITTER

Best Twitter

First Place:

Bethany Hamilton
@bethanyhamilton
www.bethanyhamilton.com

Finalists:

» Christa Wittmier (@supercw)
» Daniel Dae Kim (@danieldaekim)
» Nikki Sotelo (@nikkixsotelo)
» Michelle Wie (@themichellewie)

CATEGORY INDEX:

» Best Bar
» Best Bar Food
» Best Bar for Beer
» Best Bar for Day Drinking
» Best Bar for People Who Don’t Like Bars
» Best Bartender
» Best Burger
» Best Cheap Date
» Best Clothing Boutique
» Best Cocktail Lounge
» Best Date Night
» Best Dessert
» Best DJ
» Best Food Truck
» Best Gay-Friendly Bar
» Best Go-Go Dancer
» Best Gym
» Best Instagram
» Best Juice Bar
» Best Karaoke
» Best Late-Night Food
» Best Live Music Venue
» Best Local Artist
» Best Local Band – Rock
» Best Local Band – Reggae
» Best Local Band – Hawaiian
» Best Local Hip-Hop Artist/Group
» Best Local Solo Artist
» Best New Thing
» Best Nightclub
» Best Pau Hana
» Best Pizza
» Best Place for Coffee
» Best Place to Go Dancing
» Best Place to Host a Private Party
» Best Place to Play Pool
» Best Place to Study
» Best Place to Take Visitors
» Best Plate Lunch
» Best Ramen
» Best Restaurant
» Best Restaurant Bar
» Best Sports Bar
» Best Streetwear Shop
» Best Surf Shop
» Best Sushi
» Best Tattoo Parlor
» Best Twitter

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