You voted, here are the winners!

Thank you for participating in the second ever Best of hiChinatown Awards! Voting ran from February 1–15, 2018.

2017 & 2018 Top 8 Best Restaurant: Livestock Tavern

2017 & 2018 Top 8 Best Restaurant, Best Pau Hana Venue: JJ Dolan's

Best Pau Hana Venue
JJ Dolan’s

Runner Up: Murphy's Bar & Grill


Best Dim Sum
Mei Sum

Runner Up: Legend Seafood Restaurant

Best Coffee
Brue Bar

Runner Up: Local Joe

2018 Best Coffee:  Brue Bar

2018 Best Coffee: Brue Bar

2017 & 2018 Best Art Gallery: The ARTS At Marks Garage

Best Art Gallery
The ARTS at Marks Garage

Runner Up: Pegge Hopper Gallery


Best Way To Get To Chinatown
Runner Up: Car Pool

2017 & 2018 Best Lei Stand:  Lin's Lei Shop

2017 & 2018 Best Lei Stand: Lin's Lei Shop

2017 & 2018 Best Store/Boutique: Fighting Eel

Best Boutique/Store
Fighting Eel

Runner Up: Owens & Co.

Best First Friday Venue
Bar 35

Runner Up: The ARTS at Marks Garage

2017 & 2018 Best First Friday Venue:  Bar 35

2017 & 2018 Best First Friday Venue: Bar 35

2017 & 2018 Best Music Venue:  Manifest

2017 & 2018 Best Music Venue: Manifest

Best Music Venue

Runner Up: The Dragon Upstairs

2017 & 2018 Best Historic Building: Hawaii Theatre Center

Best Chinatown Block Party
Chinese New Year

Runner Up: St. Patrick's Day


Best Historic Building
Hawaii Theatre Center

Runner Up: Club Hubba Hubba Building


Winning businesses were contacted on Wednesday, February 28, 2018, and will receive an award decal, as well as a courtesy sponsored Instagram post to promote their business.

As an added bonus, the winners of the following categories will receive an on-air interview, courtesy of their respective category sponsors:

Best Boutique/Storesponsored by Krater 96.3
Best First Friday Venuesponsored by KCCN FM 100
Best Lei Standsponsored by Hawaiian 105 KINE
Best Music Venuesponsored by Power 104.3
Best Coffeesponsored by Sunrise on Hawaii News Now


Mahalo again, to all of our sponsors, partners, and our generous Presenting Sponsor, who helped make 2018's Best of hiChinatown Awards possible.



$500 Chinatown
Shopping Spree

Congratulations to kristina.noelani, our lucky winner of $500 in gift cards from Chinatown shops, eateries & activities. Every vote in the 2018 Best of hiChinatown that included an email address was counted as an entry. Winner was chosen at random and has been contacted via email.



Contest Winners

Check your Instagram messages! Our five lucky contest winners were contacted on 2/16/18, each winning a $50 gift card to one of the top voted restaurants of their choice! To enter, all they had to do was to tell us what they look forward to most on Chinese New Year in Chinatown and tag 3 friends. 



2019 Best of hiChinatown

What can we do to make the Best of hiChinatown 2019 better? Do you have an idea for a new category? Let us know! Feel free to send us an email with any ideas on how we can make this an even greater experience in the future.