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ʻAipono Awards

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

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Winner, Winner, ‘Aipono Dinner

Maui No Ka Oi Magazine hosted the tenth annual Aipono Awards Gala last month. Join Dining Diva as she dishes all the juicy details about the festivities.
Westin Maui Resort

Special ‘Aipono Awards

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

Our dining editor gets the scoop on three Aipono Award winning restaurants.
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.
Bev Gannon Maui

Maui’s Top Restaurants Dish up Plenty of Winning Aloha!

Maui’s Top Restaurants Dish up Plenty of Winning Aloha!
Joey Macadangdang

Friend of Agriculture Joey Macadangdang, Joey’s Kitchen

"As a restaurateur, Joey embodies the true spirit of island hospitality."

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.

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.
Aloha Mixed Plate dessert

ʻAipono Awards Run-down

Gossip Gourmet dishes about the 2006 'Aipono Awards, and doles out prizes of her own.
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.
Three's Bar and Grill

Special ʻAipono Awards for 2017 (VIDEOS)

Each year, ‘Aipono honors a few individuals and companies chosen by industry professionals.
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.
Excellence in Sustainability Restaurant Moku Roots

Moku Roots: Excellence in Sustainability Restaurant Award winner

Meet the 2020 ‘Aipono Excellence in Sustainability Restaurant Award winner: Moku Roots.

Secret Ingredients

Four ‘Aipono Award winners share their recipes for success.
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2016 ʻAipono Maui Restaurant Award Winners

The ʻAipono Restaurant Awards on Maui took on Sunday April 10, when Chef Mike Lofaro was named Maui Chef of the Year for 2016 and Monkeypod Kitchen was named Restaurant of the Year.
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Excellence in Sustainability: Fairmont Kea Lani

Congratulations to Fairmont Kea Lani, winner of Pacific Biodiesel’s Excellence in Sustainability Award.
Maui Chef Ryan Luckey

Winning Streak

Four Maui restaurants have the winning stuff.
Maui Executive Catering

2015 Chef of the Year: Jeff Scheer

Chef Jeff Scheer builds strong relationships with local farmers, ranchers, and fishermen.

Aipono Winners 2022

Maui Nō Ka ‘Oi Magazine presents the 2022 ‘Aipono Restaurant Award Winners What’s in a name? In Hawaiian, ai means “to eat,” and pono means “excellence.” Put them together and you have an awards competition...
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.
Peter Merriman Lifetime Achievement Award 2020

2020 Lifetime Achievement Award

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

ʻAipono Winners

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