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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.

2017 GALA
Sunday, April 23, 2017

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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.

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

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2017 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 UH Maui College’s Culinary Arts Program.

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Compare and contrast the deliciously different wines of Grgich Hills Estate, Liquid Farm, Talley Vineyards, Failla Wines, ZD Wines, Lail Vineyards and Dolce. Advanced Sommelier Charles Fredy promises a selection that will make this a night to remember!