SAVE THE DATE: Sunday, April 23, 2017

The next ʻAipono Awards will be held at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort.

Maui Restaurant Awards

The ʻAipono Awards are the first high-profile restaurant awards devoted entirely to Maui.

They are awards of honor and distinction determined by our readers, and the residents and visitors of Maui. The prestigious Chef of the Year title is decided by peer review, voted on exclusively by Maui chefs and industry insiders.

Annual ʻAipono Awards Gala

Each spring, we host the ʻAipono Awards Gala to benefit the Maui Culinary Academy. Guests are regaled with wines and spirits by Chambers & Chambers Wine Merchants, sumptuous pupu (appetizers) prepared and served by Academy students, and a fabulous multi-course dinner. Students enjoy the invaluable experience of working alongside sponsor restaurant chefs on the day of the event, in preparing the gala’s dinner. Ticket sales generate valuable unencumbered funds for the school, as well as scholarship money for deserving students.

2016 Winners

Restaurant of the Year
Monkeypod Kitchen

Chef of the Year
Chef Mike Lofaro | Humuhumunukunukuāpuaʻa

Maui County Farm Bureau’s Friend of Agriculture
Chef Perry Bateman | Mama’s Fish House

Excellence in Sustainability
The Westin Maui Resort & Spa

Lifetime Achievement Award
Aaron Placourakis, president & CEO, Tri-Star Restaurant Group

History of ʻAipono Winners

2017 ʻAipono Maui Restaurant Awards

SAVE THE DATE: Sunday, April 23, 2017 - The ʻAipono Awards Gala will be held at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort. Theme: OUT OF THIS WORLD!
delicious maui sandwich

What Makes a Winner?

These four ‘Aipono awardees prove that there’s more than one path to success.
Maui Chef Mike Lofaro

2016 Chef of the Year: Mike Lofaro

Discover why Humuhumunukunukuāpua‘a's chef Mike Lofaro was voted as Maui's 2016 Chef of the Year by his peers.

ʻAipono Wine Dinners on Maui

Throughout the year, we partner with top winemakers and ʻAipono-winning restaurants to host the Aipono Winemaker’s Dinner Series. Dinners are intimate and educational, with the direction of Advanced Sommelier Charles Fredy of Chambers & Chambers Wine Merchants, and personal appearances by winery owners and representatives. Partial proceeds benefit the Maui Culinary Academy.

Aipono Affiliate

Come join us on a virtual wine tour of Italy’s Piedmont, Veneto, Emilia-Romagna, Tuscany, and the Marche. Participating wineries Marchesi di Gresy, Inama, Vignalta, Cleto Chiarli, Casanova di Neri, Selvapiana and Garofoli will help us fashion this rare opportunity to explore fine wines from across Italy.