Last December, the readers of Maui Nō Ka ‘Oi Magazine cast their votes for their favorite Maui restaurants in nearly three-dozen categories. Winners will be announced and celebrated at the 13th annual ‘Aipono Awards Gala on Sunday, April 26. The Awards gala celebrates Maui’s culinary industry and is a benefit for the students of UH–Maui College’s Culinary Academy.
On Sunday, April 26th, the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa’s Ocean Lawn will transport attendees to the Casbah—no magic carpet required—for a celebration with a Mediterranean/North African theme. (Costumes welcome.) The gala begins with a 5:30 p.m. reception under the stars, featuring the Chambers & Chambers Wine Experience and innovative pupu by Maui Culinary Academy chef/instructors.
At 7 p.m., the gala moves inside a festive tent for the awards ceremony and a three-course feast prepared by the chefs of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Maui: Executive Sous Chef Ikaika Manaku, Westin Maui Resort & Spa; Executive Chef Greg Gaspar, Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa; and Executive Chef Francois Milliet, Westin Kā‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas.
The Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa’s Black Rock Lounge will keep the ‘Aipono celebration going, with an After Party beginning at 9 p.m.
The ‘Aipono Awards Gala is a benefit for Maui Culinary Academy. Since its launch in 2003, ticket sales for the gala have generated more than $250,000 for the school, as well as scholarships for deserving students. In addition, students enjoy the invaluable experience of working alongside sponsor restaurant chefs on the day of the event as they help to prepare the gala’s dinner.
Tickets to this perennial sell-out event are on sale now: $205 for individuals, $2,100 for tables of ten, and $3,000 for sponsor tables of ten. Purchase online at MauiMagazine.net/Aipono, or call 808-242-8331 during business hours.
Special kama‘āina room rates available for Gala attendees April 26–29, 2015, starting at $189 plus tax, per night, at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa. Valid Hawai‘i ID required. Please call 808-921-4646 and mention AIPONO for reservations.