'Aipono Awards 2023

EXERCISE YOUR GOOD TASTE! Vote in at least 10 categories and be entered to win. First Prize—$200 gift certificate to an ‘Aipono Award-winning restaurant. Second Prize—$100 gift certificate an ‘Aipono Award-winning restaurant. Stay tuned! ‘Aipono Award winners will be announced in our 2023 "Best of Maui Dining" issue.
VOTING ENDS DECEMBER 31, 2022

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* 1. RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR
The best of everything rolled into one: great food, service, value and ambiance.

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* 2. BEST NEW RESTAURANT
My favorite Maui spot that opened in 2022.

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* 3. MOST "MAUI-EST"
I love taking visiting family and friends here–it's the quintessential Maui place.

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* 4. BEST SERVICE
I can count on the staff to be prompt, knowledgeable and attentive to my needs.

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* 5. BEST OCEANFRONT DINING
Ocean views and a salt-scented breeze add a savory note to this well-crafted menu.

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* 6. MOST ROMANTIC SETTING
I propose this as the perfect place to pop that important question.

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* 7. BEST CHEF'S TABLE
Dining in the chef's kitchen? Here’s my fave.

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* 8. BEST LOCAL FLAVOR
Come as you are–the food is good and the setting is casual.

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* 9. BEST HEALTHY FARE
Vegan, vegetarian, or other dietary preferences–these folks do a great job.

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* 10. MOST INNOVATIVE MENU
This kitchen's culinary creativity keeps me coming back for more.

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* 11. BEST BUSINESS LUNCH
Bottom line? This is where I like to bring clients, or meet with my colleagues over lunch.

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* 12. BEST BREAKFAST
Here's my favorite place to start the day.

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* 13. BEST HAPPY HOUR
Here's to my favorite after-work spot for drinks and pupu with friends.

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* 14. BEST ASIAN
For great Chinese, Korean or Japanese cuisine, this is my first choice.

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* 15. BEST SOUTHEAST ASIAN
Vietnamese? Thai? Filipino? I'm this restaurant's biggest fan!

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* 16. BEST BURGER
Eh, like beef? This is the place I recommend.

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* 17. BEST HAWAI‘I REGIONAL CUISINE
This restaurant excels at combining the flavors of the islands.

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* 18. BEST PACIFIC RIM CUISINE
Dining here takes my taste buds on adventures across the Pacific and into the Far East.

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* 19. BEST LU‘AU
Authentic island foods and entertainment make this my favorite.

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* 20. BEST MEXICAN
When I crave something South of the Border, I come here.

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* 21. BEST ITALIAN
Here's my favorite place to do as the Romans do.

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* 22. BEST MEDITERRANEAN/MIDDLE EASTERN
For the love of pita—and hummus, gyros, falafel, couscous and baba ganoush—dine here.

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* 23. BEST PLATE LUNCH
Great local-style grinds? This one's da kine!

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* 24. BEST PIZZA
The crusts? Upper crust! The toppings? The best.

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* 25. BEST NOODLES
Chow fun? Pad Thai? This is my favorite noodle house!

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* 26. BEST FISH & SEAFOOD
For fresh fish and succulent preparation, this restaurant is the catch of the day.

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* 27. BEST STEAK
When I'm here, I know my favorite cut of beef will be prepared to a T.

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* 28. BEST SUSHI
Hooked on great sushi? Land here.

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* 29. BEST COFFEE SHOP
Great java, pastries and other light fare, and the service and setting are perks!

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* 30. BEST FOOD TRUCK
Fast service? Tasty fare? Heaven on wheels.

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* 31. BEST RESTAURANT POKE
The perfectly seasoned raw fish they serve here tops my scale from 1 to 10.

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* 32. BEST SHAVE ICE
If I had a slush fund, here’s where I’d spend it.

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* 33. BEST DESSERT
My conclusion? This restaurant makes the yummiest finish to a meal.

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* 34. BEST BAR
This is the spot where everybody knows my name.

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* 35. BEST HANDCRAFTED COCKTAILS
Three cheers for this venue's masterful mixologists!

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* 36. BEST LOBBY LOUNGE
A well-stocked bar and great atmosphere make this my favorite place to linger.

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* 37. BEST WINE LIST
Bottled perfection: this restaurant's excellent selection and knowledgeable servers.

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* 38. BEST LATE-NIGHT DINING
I’d stay up long past bedtime to feast here.

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* 39. BEST FARM-T0-TABLE
The freshest produce and locally raised meats make this place my pick.

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* 40. BEST GOURMET GRAB & GO
Just because you can’t stay doesn’t mean you have to settle.

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