The ʻAipono Restaurant Awards are 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.
Each spring, we host the ʻAipono Awards Gala to benefit the University of Hawaiʻi-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 Academy students, and a fabulous gourmet dinner. Students enjoy the invaluable experience of working alongside the sponsoring restaurant’s chefs on the day of the event to prepare the gala dinner. Ticket sales generate valuable unencumbered funds for the school, as well as scholarship money for deserving students.