2018 Winners List: click here

Gala Photos: click here

2018 ‘Aipono Videos

This year we honor C. Pardee Erdman, ʻAipono Icon; Andaz Maui for Excellence in Sustainability (award sponsored by Pacific Biodiesel); and Jennifer Nguyen of A Saigon Cafe, Friend of Agriculture (award sponsored by Maui County Farm Bureau).

Get more info on the 2018 ʻAipono Awards Gala

MAHALO TO OUR 2018 SPONSORS:sponsors

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 UH Maui College’s Culinary Arts Program. Guests are regaled with wines and spirits by Chambers & Chambers Wine Merchants, sumptuous pupu (appetizers) prepared and served by Culinary 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.

2018 Winners 

RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR
Lahaina Grill

CHEF OF THE YEAR
Alvin Savella, Chef de Cuisine
The Banyan Tree at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

MAUI COUNTY FARM BUREAU’S FRIEND OF AGRICULTURE
Jennifer Nguyen
A Saigon Café

EXCELLENCE IN SUSTAINABILITY
Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort

ICON AWARD
N C. Pardee Erdman
Ulupalakua Ranch & MauiWine

View List of All 2018 Winners

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 UH Maui College’s Culinary Arts Program.

More About ʻAipono Winners

Jennifer Nguyen

Friend of Agriculture 2018

Vietnamese culture emphasizes vegetables; Jennifer’s menu prepares them in delicious and enticing ways, helping people to see vegetables as proper dishes, not as an afterthought.
Pardee Erdman

ʻAipono Icon 2018

In 1974, Erdman established, of all things, a winery. Read more about this patron of Maui's agriculture and culinary scene.
excellence in sustainability

Excellence in Sustainability 2018

Andaz lends bicycles to guests free of charge, and has placed EV stations on the property, with free charging for employees.
Maui chef of the year 2018

2018 Maui Chef of the Year

Alvin sets a high standard, developing rich, flavor-infused dishes that have became his trademark.
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