Our invitation to the 2011 Aipono Awards arrived! South Shore Tiki Lounge won the Silver Aipono for Best Bar in 2009, so we are going for gold this year. Awards are announced at the gala event on April 17th at the Four Seasons. Thank you to the readers of Maui No Ka Oi Magazine for voting for us. It’s an honor to be included among the very best in our industry.

2011 Aipono Awards

Best of Maui

Maui Time Weekly‘s Best of 2010 issue just hit the stands and we are stoked to have received not only so many awards, but mentions throughout the issue. Congratulations must first go out to the entire staff of Maui Time Weekly for putting together such a rad 3D issue. What an impressive accomplishment.

Congrats to Chef Danny Paquette for earning BEST LOCAL PIZZA for the first time! This is the one we really wanted and we are so excited to be recognized. We also received BEST PLACE TO DANCE for the first time. Considering we are the only place on Maui with a dancing every single night, we are glad people noticed. Sarah Stern is now the 2 time reigning BEST BARTENDRESS, and we also got runner up nods for Jake Morris for Best Bartender and Charissa Hernandez for Best Server.

Other wins worth mentioning: Thursday Happy Hour Musician Erin Smith won Best Female Musician, Monday night’s DJ Blast won Best Local Club DJ, runner up Twitter king Brendan Smith @ReqB won highlighting his running commentary on Tikis nightlife, and Ron Pitts won Best Local Artist who’s art adorned our Tiki Art Show.

Mahalo MTW readers for voting and supporting local businesses!

Recent Review on Yelp

Karolina G. from review on 9/23/09
“Just got back from Maui. My bouyfriend and I went ziplining, snorkeling, golfing, playing tennis, etc, etc and when the sun set, we craved a nice happening spot with good music and drinks to unwind to let our sunburns settle. We found the place adjacent to the Foodland supermarket before 6, and it’s conveniently situated surrounding a other bars and pubs. We went in to find live music with a chill, loungy atmosphere during happy hour between 3-6. We wanted a local beer and couldn’t decide, so the bartender gave us samples of all the ones on tap. The limited edition passion fruit wheat was the best. The $4 margarita was excellent, but I didn’t like their mai tai. The second time we came here was around 10 P.M. We found a DJ, dancing, and a lot more people so we danced too. People were so nice, both staff and guests. Service was pretty good for a busy night. We had a couple of those tasty beers and will remember this place when we come back to Maui.” Click here to see the review on

4-Peat Best Bar and More…

mauitimebestIt’s official. South Shore Tiki Lounge won Best Bar for the 4th straight year in Maui Time Weekly’s “Best of” issue – available today! Much mahalos to Maui Time Weekly and the readers that vote for us year in and year out.

We are also proud to announce Tiki’s own Sarah Stern won Best Female Bartender and Jake Morris got runner-up for Best Male Bartender. We also received a nod as runner-up for Best Place to Dance.

Congratulations to the best staff on this island – particularly GM Terry “T-Bone!”, head of security Tony, chef Danny, and bar manager Renie – plus all the musicians/djs who grace our lanai.

We’d like to send out a special congratulations to recent Tiki Lounge host Maui Thing for winning Best Local Designer; Thursday happy hour musician and all around friend of the bar Erin Smith for Best Female Musician; and fellow Kalama Village neighbors: Kihei Caffe for Best Breakfast; Fat Daddy’s for Best BBQ for  & Mahina for Best Boutique.

Maui Weekly Raves

Trisha Smith writes, “Whether it’s the charismatic staff, health- and local-conscious fare, its owners’ commitment to the community or the fire-breathing humanoid along the bamboo wall, the South Shore Tiki Lounge mixes all the right ingredients in their recipe for success.” Click here for the full story.

MTW Ono Kine Grinds

South Shore Tiki Lounge in Maui Time Weekly’s Ono Kine Grinds this week. Kate Bradshaw writes, “While many of us would be happy just to sit in the shade huddled over our small vats of jungle juice, it’s good to know there is at least one place that recognizes the importance of community—and more importantly makes some tasty grub.” Click here to read the article.