2023 ‘Ilima Awards

The 25th Anniversary of the Honolulu Star Advertiser’s ‘Ilima Awards on October 9, 2023 was a night to remember with laughter, celebration and the best restaurants in Hawaii honored. Watch our video and savor some of our most delicious moments.

Diamond Head Theatre supporters mixed and mingled with the stars of The Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s ‘Ilima Awards, a signature fundraising event for Diamond Head Theatre. Proceeds supported the theatre’s productions and performing arts programs. The event was the first since the 2020 pandemic and celebrated Oahu’s best restaurants and their resilience. The evening featured a champagne Reception and Awards Presentation that delighted audiences with song and dance parody extravaganza starring Loretta Ables Sayre, Jody Bill, Emily North, Andrew Sakaguchi and Aiko Schick. Guests enjoyed a sumptuous celebration of award-winning cuisine from the best restaurants in town.

View the event photo gallery here

Mahalo to Event Chairs Todd Iacovelli and Jennifer Tanabe, Sponsorship Chair Mark Wong and their cast of committee members: Meredith Bechirian; Leslene Collado; Ronnie Collado; Brando Cutts; Kristi Delos Santos; Uson Ewart; Emily Lane; Cynthia Hytry; Jodi Leong; Carol Lockwood; Belinda Lucas; Dana Matlin; Krysta Matsuno; Erin McFadden; Trudi Melohn; Michelle Nagamine; John Rampage; Richard Rand; Charlene Takeno; Trevor Tamashiro; Travis Tanaka; Randy Tandal; and Jacque Vaughn.

Crystal Sponsors
Allied Builders System
Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Platinum Table Sponsors
Albert Chong Associates, Inc.
Cades Schutte, LLP
C. S. Wo & Sons
First Hawaiian Bank
John R. Halligan Charitable Fund
Bob & Kay Hampton
Hawaii Pacific Health
Mariko & Joseph Lyons
Guy Merola & Mark Wong
David & Anna Young
Jeff Banks & Larry Paxton
Candes Meijide Gentry
Joyce & Bob Torrey
The Cutlery

Diamond Table Sponsors
Aikane Investments
American Savings Bank
Better Homes and Gardens
Real Estate Advantage Realty
Bergeman Group
Sid Char & Friends
City Mill Company, Ltd.
Uson & Lani Ewart
Highgate Hotels
Todd Iacovelli
Island Insurance
Kyo-ya Hotels & Resorts
L&L Hawaiian Barbecue
Nigel & Alicia Pentland
Servco Pacific Inc.
Richard M. Rand
Ginny Tiu