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Maui No Ka 'Oi Magazine January-February 2016 - January-February 2016
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Maui ʻAipono Restaurant Awards

Aipono Gala 2016

Don a mask and festival finery, and join us when the 2016 ʻAipono Awards transform the Grand Wailea into a Venetian carnival. Indulge in innovative pūpū by Maui Culinary Academy, a multicourse banquet, and fine wines poured by Chambers & Chambers Wine Merchants—perfect for toasting Maui’s culinary stars. Dancing? Entertainment? Prizes? Sì, certo!

Reception 5:30 p.m. | Dinner 7 p.m.
Venetian carnival costumes encouraged.

Reserve tickets now! Call 808.242.8331

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About the ʻAipono 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, 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.

The annual ‘Aipono Awards Gala is a benefit for the Maui Culinary Academy. Guests are regaled with wines and spirits by Chambers & Chambers Wine Merchants, sumptuous pupu (appetizers) prepared and served by Academy students, and a fabulous gourmet dinner hosted by three ‘Aipono-winning restaurants. 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. At this event—everyone’s a winner!

Throughout the year, the ‘Aipono Winemaker’s Dinner Series brings the industry’s top winemakers to ‘Aipono Award-winning restaurants. Dinners are designed to be intimate and educational, with the direction of Advanced Sommelier Charles Fredy of Chambers & Chambers Wine Merchants and personal appearances by winery owners and/or representatives. Proceeds benefit the Maui Culinary Academy.

2015 ‘Aipono Winners

Restaurant of the Year
Mama's Fish House

Chef of the Year
Jeff Scheer
​Maui Executive Catering

Maui County Farm Bureau’s Friend of Agriculture
Executive Chef Francois Milliet
​Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort Villas

Excellence in Sustainability
Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa

Lifetime Achievement Award
Chef Paris Nabavi
​Pizza Paradiso & Sangrita Grill & Cantina

Icon Award
Clyde Sakamoto
UH-Maui College

Watch our 2015 ʻAipono Video Series:


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Join Our ‘Ohana

Join our ‘Aipono ‘ohana (family). Help us support the champions of our dynamic food and hospitality industries. Become a sponsor of the Awards Gala. Host a winemaker’s dinner at your restaurant. Donate auction items or money to fatten the student scholarship fund. Contact us today: (808) 242-8331: info@mauimagazine.net


Maui Wine Dinners

ʻAipono Wine Dinners are unique, intimate, educational evenings where guests enjoy a fabulous meal while learning about wine from an Advanced Sommelier.

Our next wine dinner is hosted by:
Fairmont Kea Lani
4100 Wailea Alanui Drive, Wailea


Date: Friday, February 12
Reception: 6 p.m.
Reservations: 875-2210 - SOLD OUT
$25 from each dinner supports Maui Culinary Academy.

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