2017 Maui Restaurant Awards


Click here to see the full list of gold, silver and honorable mentions for the 15th Annual Maui Restaurant Awards—the ʻAipono Awards!

ʻAipono 2017 Special Awards Videos

Celebrate Maui’s culinary stars with us at a party from another world!

On Sunday, April 23, the ʻAipono Awards Gala will transform the Hyatt Regency Maui into a realm from beyond. Join us and indulge in our lively reception, multicourse dinner, and fine wines poured by Chambers & Chambers Wine Merchants. The reception will feature tasty pupu by UH Maui College’s Culinary Arts Program, beer & cocktails, an interactive photo booth, cosmic face painting and fortune readers from beyond.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Reception 5:30 p.m. — Halona Kai Lawn
Dinner 7 p.m. — Monarchy Ballroom

Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa
200 Nohea Kai Drive, Kaʻanapali

$235  Individual Ticket
$2,300  Table for 10
$3,500  Sponsor Table
Proceeds benefit UH Maui College’s Culinary Arts Program


by UH Maui Culinary College’s Culinary Program chefs

Chef Kane Carbonneau

Chilled Corn Soup with Pickled Kauai Shrimp and Crème Fraîche
Panzanella Salad with Focaccia, Cherry Tomatoes, Shaved Courgettes, and Tomato Vinaigrette

Chef Craig Omori

Charred Ginger-cured Kampachi with Shiso Radish
Slaw and Citrus Soy Gel
Confit Yellow Fin Tuna with Kula Tomato and Olive Relish and Black Truffle Aioli

Chef Jake Belmonte

Baby Octopus with Chermoula and Puffed Couscous
Cold-pressed Turmeric Shot with Avocado Ball and Torched Coconut Meat

Chef Tom Lelli

Seared Salmon, Red Lentil Dahl and Harissa Yogurt
Yukon Gold Potato Gnocchi, Chorizo, Swiss Chard in Tomato Shrimp Brodo

Chef Noel Cleary

Sous Vide NY Strip Steak, Confit Potato, Hollandaise, and Herb Caviar
Kauai Shrimp and Pork Potsticker, Sweet Soy, Chive Oil and Sesame


Kīhāpai (Garden)
Chef Gregory Grohowski

Roasted Mango & Beet Carpaccio with Fire-roasted Duck Breast
Shaved Red & Yellow Beets, Mango, Watercress, Arugula, Fennel, Mizuna
Surfing Goat Dairy Feta, Coconut Bread Crouton, EVOO

Moana (Ocean)
Chef Jin Hosono

Kauai Sweet Shrimp with Shiso Leaf, Ikura & Kimizu
Kona Kampachi with Yuzu Kazu Jelly, Pickled Daikon
Hokkaido Scallop with Avocado, Uni, Okinawan Sea Grapes

ʻĀina (Land)
Chef Gevin Utrillo

‘Ulu, Sweet Potato Hash, Edamame, Pancetta, Moringa Look Fun, Pohole

Mea ‘Ono (Dessert)
Chef Geoffrey Bogorad

Flaming Piña Colada Crème
Seared Pineapple Rings, Roasted Pineapple Bomb, Coconut Crème, Coconut Chips

Fantastic door prizes…

  • 2 nights in the Presidential Suite at the Hyatt Regency Maui, 4 VIP tickets to Drums of the Pacific Lu‘au, Dinner at Japengo + Tour of the Stars
  • iPhone from Mobi PCS
  • Blue Hawaiian Helicopter Tour for 2
  • One night at the Fairmont Kea Lani + dinner for 2 at Ko
  • One night at the Four Seasons and breakfast for 2
  • Kai Shun Knife provided by Marmac Home & Kitchen

Outer space costumes encouraged.
Prize awarded for best attire!


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