2018 Winners List

It would be simply mad to miss the 16th annual ‘Aipono Restaurant Awards! The Queen of Hearts bids you join us in honoring Maui’s culinary royalty as voted by you, our readers. No need to step through the looking glass or fall down a rabbit hole. Join us at the Fairmont Kea Lani and support the students of the University of Hawai‘i-Maui College’s Culinary Arts Program. Indulge in our lively reception, multicourse dinner, and fine wines poured by Chambers & Chambers Wine Merchants. The reception will feature tasty pūpū by UH Maui College’s Culinary Arts Program, beer & cocktails, a photo booth, and other interactive entertainment.

Please join us in honoring 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).



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.

2017 Winners 

Restaurant of the Year
Monkeypod Kitchen
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
Icon Award
Nā Hoaloha ʻEkolu


View List of All 2017 Winners

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.

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