Hawaii Restaurants Receive AAA Four, Five Diamond Awards

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red salt restaurant
The newest Four Diamond restaurant in Hawaii is red salt at K'oa Kea Hotel & Resort at Poipu Beach. Photo courtesy of K'oa Kea Hotel & Resort

Just in time for Valentine’s Day celebrations, nine  Hawaii restaurants have received the 2016 AAA Four or AAA Five Diamond Award®, the travel authority’s highest rating, according to AAA Hawaii.  The restaurant red salt in Poipu appears on the list for the first time.


The AAA Five Diamond rating has been awarded to the following restaurants with the year rated:


Restaurant                                                                                Year Rated

Chef Mavro, Honolulu                                                                      2008

La Mer, (Halekulani Hotel, Honolulu)                                                 1990


The AAA Four Diamond rating has been awarded to the following restaurants with the year rated:



Year Rated

Honolulu (Oahu)


Bali Steak & Seafood












Kohala Coast (Hawaii)


Brown’s Beach House




Manta & Pavilion Wine Bar




Poipu (Kauai)







red salt (Koa Kea Hotel & Resort)





















AAA’s professional inspectors evaluate and rate thousands of and restaurants and hotels each week, more than any other rating entity.  The AAA Diamond hotel ratings were announced in January.


“The AAA Four and Five Diamond Rating for restaurants are earned through daily dedication to maintaining exceptional standards,” said the AAA Hawaii’s General Manager Liane Sumida.  “AAA Hawaii congratulates our nine outstanding 2016 AAA Four and Five Diamond restaurants, their management and employees for their hard work attending to guests’ needs and delivering memorable dining experiences.”


Travelers can find Diamond Rated establishments and inspector insight in AAA trip planning products: the eTourBook® guides and AAA Mobile® app for tablets and smartphones, the TripTik® Travel Planner and Travel Guides on AAA.com and AAA TourBook® guides available at AAA/CAA offices.


The AAA Diamond rating system provides consumers with the broadest coverage of any U.S. rating system, geographically and by number of properties rated, including the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. 


To be considered for AAA approval and rating, restaurants must undergo a thorough unannounced evaluation. AAA’s full-time inspection staff reviews restaurants nationwide, including Hawaii. AAA Five Diamond restaurants go through the most extensive reviews of the Diamond rating programs with multiple unannounced evaluations.  Inspectors bring significant prior industry experience to the association and apply that experience to give members effective, consistent evaluations that can be used to select the restaurant that meets their travel desires.