Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa’s acclaimed Japengo restaurant continues to be recognised as one
of Maui’s distinguished dining destinations. Drawing on Hawaii’s freshest, locally-grown products,
coupled with exotic ingredients from neighbouring Pacific Rim countries, Japengo creates a culinary
adventure showcasing modern Asian-inspired flavours with Hawaiian flair. The chic Pacific Rim
restaurant and sushi lounge has received numerous awards for outstanding cuisine and overall
restaurant ambiance, offering guests an unparalleled dining experience complete with spectacular views
of the ocean and surrounding islands.
Since its debut in December 2010, the restaurant’s acclamations include:
2012 & 2011 Kapalua Wine & Food Festival: “Best of the Fest”
The Kapalua Wine & Food Festival is one of the oldest festivals of its kind celebrating the finest in food and wine. This yearly celebration embraces all things Hawaiian, notably the culinary bounty on Maui. For two consecutive years, Japengo has been recognised as “Best of the Fest” receiving silver in 2012 and gold in 2011. This year, Japengo received “Best of the Fest” silver, for its Kapalua dish featuring misoyaki marinated Kona kampachi with bubu arare and young coconut salad. Last year, Japengo received “Best of the Fest” gold for its hamachi and watermelon cocktail with Emperor’s ponzu, abalone, tomato water and tobiko.
2012 Maui No Ka Oi Magazine Aipono Awards
In their 10th year, the Maui No Ka Oi Magazine’s Aipono Awards honour culinary excellence among Maui’s top restaurants and chefs. This year’s event brought a record-breaking 340 attendees to celebrate the honourees. Japengo’s distinguished Pacific Rim cuisine and sushi lounge garnered the restaurant two awards: “Best New Restaurant” silver and “Best Sushi” silver.
2012 Honolulu Magazine Hale Aina Awards
The 2012 Hale Aina Awards celebrate Hawaii’s best restaurants. The awards are voted on by the discerning readers of Honolulu Magazine, and include categories such as “Best New Restaurant,” “Best Service,” “Best Value,” and more. In January 2012, Japengo was a “Best New Restaurant” finalist.
Opentable.com Diner’s Choice Awards
Voted on by the vast readership of Opentable.com, Japengo received a Diner’s Choice Award for “Best Outdoor Dining” and “Best Seafood.” Diner’s reviewed the restaurant as having “incredible ambiance,” and sushi that “melted in your mouth – satisfying and fulfilling.”
“We are thrilled that Japengo has been so well-received by some of the island’s top food and wine festivals as well as the dining public,” said Michael Jokovich, general manager of Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa. “Maui is Hawaii’s most vibrant dining destination, and Japengo offers an unparalleled culinary experience to please every palate. It’s truly an honour to be recognised so highly among our peers.”
Japengo is open seven days a week, dinner from 5 pm – 9:30 pm. The bar and lounge is open until 10 pm with live entertainment nightly.
About Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa – Authentic Hawaiian Hospitality Surrounded by Tropical Luxury
Ideally situated on 40 tropically landscaped, oceanfront acres along a 5 kilometre stretch of the famed Ka’anapali Beach, Maui’s longest crescent beach, Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa offers an authentic Hawaiian experience in a setting of tropical luxury. Each of the 806 guestrooms, including 31 suites, affords Hawaiian elegance with plantation-style furnishings and a private lanai with panoramic views. Boasting endless amenities including Spa Moana, Maui’s only oceanfront, 1, 400 square-metres luxury spa and fitness centre, elaborate water playground with tropical streams and waterfalls, championship golf, six tennis courts, scuba and catamaran sails, four restaurants, shopping, and over 930 square metres of function space, as well as expert-led stargazing, luau, and wildlife, art and tropical garden tours, Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa offers everything necessary to create the quintessential Maui getaway.
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