ʻAipono Awards

ʻAipono Awards are the Maui Restaurant Awards. Read ʻAipono stories published in Maui Nō Ka ʻOi Magazine on this page.

Miso Phat Sushi Maui

Dee-lish: 5 Winning Restaurants

Our food editor Becky Speere dishes on the Maui dishes she loves.
Maui chef of the year 2018

2018 Maui Chef of the Year

Alvin sets a high standard, developing rich, flavor-infused dishes that have became his trademark.
Maui Chef Mike Lofaro

2016 Chef of the Year: Mike Lofaro

Discover why Humuhumunukunukuāpua‘a's chef Mike Lofaro was voted as Maui's 2016 Chef of the Year by his peers.

2014 Chef of the Year: Isaac Bancaco

Isaac Bancaco is the new generation Hawaiian chef, working to promote Maui as a cultural destination driven by food.
Maui Chef of the Year Jojo Vasquez

2017 Chef of the Year Jojo Vasquez

As executive chef at The Plantation House, Jojo Vasquez creates light and delectable island-style fare.

ʻAipono Winners

Congratulations to all the winners of the 2018 Maui Restaurant 'Aipono Awards.
Westin Maui Resort

Special ‘Aipono Awards

Each year, ʻAipono honors a few individuals and companies chosen by industry professionals. Here are the 2016 winners.

Broke da Mouth! Best of Maui Dining 2017

Here are a few of our readers’ favorite ‘Aipono-winning restaurants on Maui.
delicious maui sandwich

Award-Winning Food: What Makes a Winner?

These four ‘Aipono awardees prove that there’s more than one path to success.
Greg Gifford

2020 Friend of Agriculture Award

Meet the 2020 ‘Aipono Friend of Agriculture Award winner: Greg Gifford.
excellence in sustainability

Excellence in Sustainability 2018

Andaz lends bicycles to guests free of charge, and has placed EV stations on the property, with free charging for employees.
Maui burger

The World on a Plate without Leaving Home

The 2013 Aipono Award winners offer dishes from around the world without having to leave Maui. Travel to Hollywood, the American heartland, South America, Italy and Japan.
Maui Chef Roger Stettler

2012 Chef of the Year: Roger Stettler

Roger Stettler may be the most famous Maui chef the average visitor hasn’t heard of.

2019 Chef of the Year: Kyle Kawakami

Mahalo, Chef Kyle, for all the food adventures you’ve taken us on . . . and for your boundless generosity.
Taylor Ponte Maui Chef of the Year 2020

2020 Chef of the Year: Taylor Ponte

Every year Maui’s chefs vote to elect one of their own the ‘Aipono Chef of the Year, seeking the peer that most inspires them.
Spago beet salad

Winning Ways

Island flavors, a corker of a wine list, and a Haiku eatery that's pure poetry ... ʻAipono 2014 winners arrive at excellence by many an innovative path.
Ivan Pahk

2007 Chef of the Year Ivan Pahk

Maui chef of the year Ivan Pahk’s success is due, in no small part, to his generous participation in Maui’s food scene.
Excellence in Sustainability Kuia Estate Chocolate

Maui Ku‘ia Estate Chocolate: Excellence in Sustainability Award winner

Meet the 2020 ‘Aipono Excellence in Sustainability Award winner: Maui Ku‘ia Estate Chocolate.
Jennifer Nguyen

Friend of Agriculture 2018

Vietnamese culture emphasizes vegetables; Jennifer’s menu prepares them in delicious and enticing ways, helping people to see vegetables as proper dishes, not as an afterthought.
Chef Perry Bateman

2009 Chef of the Year: Perry Bateman

Unlike many of his colleagues, Chef Perry Bateman didn’t sharpen his knives in culinary school; he was raised in restaurants.
Joey Macadangdang

Friend of Agriculture Joey Macadangdang, Joey’s Kitchen

"As a restaurateur, Joey embodies the true spirit of island hospitality."
Peter Merriman Lifetime Achievement Award 2020

2020 Lifetime Achievement Award

Meet Peter Merriman, the 2020 ‘Aipono Lifetime Achievement Award winner.
Chef Sheldon Simeon

2011 Maui Chef of the Year: Sheldon Simeon

Getting not one but two James Beard nominations is every chef’s dream, but Simeon hasn’t let it spoil his humility.
aipono winners 2011

Bringing the Best Forward

Our dining editor gets the scoop on three Aipono Award winning restaurants.
Maui chef Sheldon Simeon

2013 Chef of the Year: Sheldon Simeon

For the first time in ‘Aipono’s eleven-year history, Maui’s chefs elected one of their own to a second reign as Chef of the Year.

2017 Maui Restaurant Awards

2017 Maui Restaurant Awards Gala will be Sunday, April 23, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa.
Three's Bar and Grill

Special ʻAipono Awards for 2017 (VIDEOS)

Each year, ‘Aipono honors a few individuals and companies chosen by industry professionals.