ʻAipono Awards


In Hawai‘i, we take care of one another. That’s one reason Hawai’i is a safe place to live and work.

We want to keep it that way. And so, in response to the gravity of COVID-19, we reluctantly decided to postpone the 2020 ‘Aipono Restaurant Awards Gala, originally scheduled for April 3 at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua. While we’re disappointed, keeping everyone healthy is our priority.

To all of you who have purchased tickets to this benefit for UH-Maui’s Culinary Arts Program, mahalo nui. Rest assured that the gala will take place once the challenge of the coronavirus is over. Your table and ticket reservations will simply move forward to the new date. Your understanding and kōkua are greatly appreciated. Together, we will get through this trying time.

Although the Gala is postponed, the presses will not stop. The ʻAipono Awards will be announced in our May/June issue as planned.  Congratulations go out to each and every one of our winners.

We look forward to celebrating with you in style at the ‘Aipono Restaurant Awards Gala soon. The new date will be announced in cooperation with our partners, UH-Maui Culinary Arts Program, Chambers & Chambers Wine Merchants, and The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua.

Until then, let’s all stay safe and take care of one another.

See you at “The Hunger Games.”
Diane Woodburn

Aipono 2020

ʻAipono Awards Gala
April 3, 2020
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

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See the list of 2020 winners
(minus categories and placements, which will be announced on April 4, 2020)

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.

Click here for 2019 Aipono Winners!

The 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.

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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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