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.
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.
Restaurant of the Year
Chef of the Year
Jojo Vasquez, Executive Chef
The Plantation House
Maui County Farm Bureau’s Friend of Agriculture
Three’s Bar & Grill and Fork & Salad
Excellence in Sustainability
Maui Tropical Plantation
Nā Hoaloha ʻEkolu
2017 ʻAipono Videos
Introduction | Friend of Agriculture | Excellence in Sustainability | Icon Award
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.