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.

VOTE NOW FOR 2019 AIPONO AWARDS!

POLLS OPEN THROUGH JANUARY 31, 2019

Vote in at least 10 categories and be entered to win. First Prize—$200 gift certificate to an ‘Aipono Award-winning restaurant. Second Prize—$100 gift certificate an ‘Aipono Award-winning restaurant.

2018 chef of the year
2018 Maui Chef of the Year Alvin Savella.The prestigious Chef of the Year title is decided by peer review, voted on exclusively by local 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

RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR
Lahaina Grill

CHEF OF THE YEAR
Alvin Savella, Chef de Cuisine
The Banyan Tree at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

MAUI COUNTY FARM BUREAU’S FRIEND OF AGRICULTURE
Jennifer Nguyen
A Saigon Café

EXCELLENCE IN SUSTAINABILITY
Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort

ICON AWARD
N C. Pardee Erdman
Ulupalakua Ranch & MauiWine

Gala Photos: 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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