Maui Restaurant Awards

The 2019 ‘Aipono Awards Gala will be Thursday, April 18, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa. 

Tickets & Pricing
$250  Individual Ticket
$2,400  Table for 10
$3,800  Sponsor Table*

 *Sponsors receive VIP Swag Bag, Logo on Table, “Front Row” placement, Mahalo in program and on screens, and special wine selections

Proceeds benefit UH Maui College’s Culinary Arts Program.


Calling all foxy ladies and macho men! Watch your favorites hustle on up to get their award or just come for the dynamite party when we honor Maui’s culinary stars—as voted by our readers. Celebrating 17 years of culinary excellence on Maui.

Stay at the Hyatt on Gala night and enjoy 30% off the regular room rate.
Call 808-661-1234 and request the kama‘āina rate for ‘Aipono attendees.
Free self-parking • $10 valet parking

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.

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2018 Winners List: click here

ʻAipono Wine Dinners

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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