Wine, Cocktail & PupuReception

Awards Ceremony & Dinner


‘Aipono Information & Reservations:
Maui No Ka 'Oi Magazine


The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
1 Ritz Carlton Dr.
Lahaina, HI 96761
(808) 669-6200

The ‘Aipono Restaurant Awards:

Now in their 18th year, the ‘Aipono Restaurant Awards are the first high-profile dining awards devoted entirely to Maui. They are awards of honor and distinction determined by our readers—the residents and regular visitors of Maui. The prestigious Chef of the Year title is decided by peer review—voted on exclusively by Maui chefs.

The annual ‘Aipono Restaurant Awards Gala proudly serves Maui's restaurant and hospitality professionals with a celebratory evening they can call their own. Restaurant owners are encouraged to bring their managers, chefs, and staff to participate in the festivities. The awards presentation is a benefit for the UH Maui College’s Culinary Arts Program. Ticket sales generate vital, unencumbered funds for the school, as well as scholarship money. Students enjoy the invaluable experience of working alongside sponsor restaurant chefs in preparation for the gala’s dinner.

Throughout the year, Maui No Ka ‘Oi's ‘Aipono Wine Dinner Series generates additional funds by bringing the industry’s top winemakers to ‘Aipono Award-winning restaurants.


In Hawai‘i, we take care of one another. That’s one reason Hawai’i is a safe place to live and work.

We want to keep it that way. And so, in response to the gravity of COVID-19, we reluctantly decided to postpone the 2020 ‘Aipono Restaurant Awards Gala, originally scheduled for April 3 at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua. While we’re disappointed, keeping everyone healthy is our priority.

To all of you who have purchased tickets to this benefit for UH-Maui’s Culinary Arts Program, mahalo nui. Rest assured that the gala will take place once the challenge of the coronavirus is over. Your table and ticket reservations will simply move forward to the new date. Your understanding and kkua are greatly appreciated. Together, we will get through this trying time.

Although the Gala is postponed, the presses will not stop. The Aipono Awards will be announced in our May/June issue as planned.  Congratulations go out to each and every one of our winners.

We look forward to celebrating with you in style at the ‘Aipono Restaurant Awards Gala soon. The new date will be announced in cooperation with our partners, UH-Maui Culinary Arts Program, Chambers & Chambers Wine Merchants, and The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua.

Until then, let’s all stay safe and take care of one another.

See you at “The Hunger Games.”
Diane Woodburn

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Represent Your Culinary District at The Hunger Games 2020: ‘Aipono Restaurant Awards. The Games Will Commence on Friday, April 3, 2020 at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua. Doors Open at 5:30 p.m.

Food & Beverage throughout the Evening Sponsored by 

• The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
• Chambers & Chambers Wine Merchants
• UH Maui Culinary Chefs & Students
• Guest ‘Aipono Champions

Formal Dinner & Awards Program
• Superb multicourse menu
• Exquisite wine pairings by Chambers & Chambers Wine Merchants

Dress Code
Take Your Inspiration from the Capitol High-Fashion Society or the Tributes’ 12 Districts: Bright & Bold | Unforgettable & Irresistible | Practical & Functional
Prizes for Best Dressed
Costume Props May be Confiscated by the Capitol if Deemed Inappropriate

Tickets & Pricing

$250  Individual Ticket
Table for 10
$3,800  Sponsor Table*

 *Sponsors receive VIP Swag Bag, Logo on Table, “Front Row” placement, Mahalo in program and on screens, and special wine selections

Proceeds benefit UH Maui College's Culinary Arts Program.