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.

….and the winners are….

ʻAipono Winners
Maui Restaurant Awards 2017

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

RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR
Gold Monkeypod Kitchen
Silver The Mill House
Honorable Mentions: Banyan Tree • Lahaina Grill • Mama’s Fish House

BEST NEW RESTAURANT
Gold Taverna
Silver Tin Roof Maui
Honorable Mentions: Fork and Salad • The Mill House

MOST “MAUI-EST”
Gold Mama’s Fish House
Silver Da Kitchen
Honorable Mentions: Aloha Mixed Plate • Monkeypod Kitchen

BEST MEDITERRANEAN
Gold (tie)
 Pita Paradise • Pizza Paradiso Mediterranean Grill
Silver Café Des Amis
Honorable Mentions: Mala • Mediterranean Grill Food Truck

BEST SERVICE
Gold Nick’s Fishmarket
Silver Mama’s Fish House
Honorable Mentions: Banyan Tree • Lahaina Grill • Monkeypod Kitchen 

BEST OCEANFRONT DINING
Gold Mama’s Fish House
Silver Honu Seafood & Pizza
Honorable Mentions: 5 Palms Restaurant • Mala

MOST ROMANTIC SETTING
Gold Merriman’s Kapalua
Silver The Banyan Tree
Honorable Mentions: Japengo • The Mill House • The Restaurant at Hotel Wailea

BEST SHORTS & SLIPPERS DINING
Gold Hula Grill
Silver Tin Roof Maui
Honorable Mentions: Aloha Mixed Plate • Coconut’s Fish Café • Monkeypod Kitchen

BEST HEALTHY FARE
Gold Choice Health Bar
Silver Fork and Salad
Honorable Mentions: Down to Earth Organic and Natural • The Farmacy Health Bar

MOST INNOVATIVE MENU
Gold The Mill House
Silver Kaʻana Kitchen
Honorable Mentions: Humuhumunukunukuapua’a • Star Noodle • Tin Roof Maui

BEST BREAKFAST
Gold The Gazebo
Silver (tie) Kihei Caffe • Nalu’s South Shore Grill
Honorable Mentions: The Plantation House • The Sea House Restaurant

BEST BUSINESS LUNCH
Gold Café O’Lei at the Dunes
Silver Matteo’s Osteria
Honorable Mentions: Bistro Casanova • The Mill House

BEST HAPPY HOUR
Gold Monkeypod Kitchen
Silver Sangrita Grill + Cantina
Honorable Mentions: Fleetwood’s on Front St. • Sea House Restaurant

BEST ASIAN
Gold Japengo
Silver Star Noodle
Honorable Mentions: Morimoto’s Maui • Nuka • Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar

BEST SOUTHEAST ASIAN
Gold A Saigon Cafe
Silver Nutcharee’s Authentic Thai Food
Honorable Mentions: Maui Thai Bistro • Tiki Tiki Thai Cuisine

BEST BURGER
Gold Teddy’s Bigger Burgers
Silver Cow Pig Bun
Honorable Mentions: Cool Cat Café • Fatt Chicks Burgers

BEST HAWAI‘I REGIONAL CUISINE
Gold Kō Restaurant
Silver Humuhumunukunukuapua’a
Honorable Mentions: Banyan Tree • The Plantation House

BEST PACIFIC RIM CUISINE
Gold Japengo
Silver Pacific’O
Honorable Mentions: Roy’s • Spago Maui

BEST LŪ‘AU
Gold Old Lāhaina Lū‘au
Silver Drums of the Pacific
Honorable Mentions: Feast at Lele • The Grand Luau at Honua‘ula • Royal Lahaina

BEST MEXICAN
Gold Sangrita Grill + Cantina
Silver Roasted Chiles
Honorable Mentions: Amigo’s • Fernando’s Mexican Grill • Las Piñatas Maui

BEST ITALIAN
Gold Sale Pepe
Silver Taverna
Honorable Mentions: Casanova Italian Restaurant and Deli • Marco’s Grill & Deli • Pūlehu, an Italian Grill

BEST PLATE LUNCH
Gold Da Kitchen
Silver Aloha Mixed Plate
Honorable Mentions: Honokowai Okazuya & Deli • L&L Hawaiian Barbecue • Tin Roof Maui

BEST PIZZA
Gold Flatbread Company
Silver (tie) Pizza Paradiso Mediterranean Grill • Prison Street Pizza
Honorable Mentions: Monkeypod Kitchen • Pizza Madness Maui • Sale Pepe

BEST NOODLES
Gold Star Noodle
Silver Sam Sato’s
Honorable Mentions: Maui Thai Bistro • Thai Chef Restaurant

BEST FISH & SEAFOOD
Gold Mama’s Fish House
Silver The Banyan Tree
Honorable Mentions: Fleetwood’s on Front St. • Lahaina Grill • Paia Fishmarket Restaurant

BEST STEAK
Gold Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Silver Duo
Honorable Mentions: Lahaina Grill • Makawao Steak House

BEST SUSHI
Gold Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar
Silver (tie) Japengo • Miso Phat Sushi
Honorable Mentions: Kai Sushi • Nuka

BEST FISH TACO
Gold Coconuts Fish Café
Silver Sangrita Grill + Cantina
Honorable Mentions: Maui Tacos • Paia Fishmarket Restaurant

BEST FOOD TRUCK
Gold Maui Fresh Streatery
Silver Thai Mee Up
Honorable Mentions: Kinaole Grill Food Truck • Mediterranean Grill Food Truck • Ono Tacos

BEST POKE
Gold Tamura’s Fine Wine & Liquors
Silver Foodland
Honorable Mentions: Eskimo Candy Seafood Market & Café • Like Poke?           

BEST SHAVE ICE
Gold Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice
Silver Local Boys Shave Ice
Honorable Mentions: Breakwall Shave Ice Co.           

BEST DESSERT
Gold Pūlehu, an Italian Grill
Silver Lahaina Grill
Honorable Mentions: Kimo’s Restaurant Maui • Leoda’s Kitchen & Pie Shop • Monkeypod Kitchen

BEST BAR
Gold Taverna
Silver Monkeypod Kitchen
Honorable Mentions: Down the Hatch • Fleetwood’s on Front St. • Pint and Cork

BEST COCKTAILS
Gold Monkeypod Kitchen
Silver Fleetwood’s on Front St.
Honorable Mentions: Banyan Tree • The Mill House • Taverna

BEST LOBBY LOUNGE
Gold Lobby Lounge, Four Seasons
Silver Botero Lounge
Honorable Mentions: Fairmont’s Luana Lounge • The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua

BEST WINE LIST
Gold Lahaina Grill
Silver Nick’s Fishmarket
Honorable Mentions: Merriman’s Kapalua • Monkeypod Kitchen

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