Best of Maui is our annual look at everything that makes this island great. It’s a lot of work for everyone involved. Best of Maui is in every sense the year’s premier issue.

Every year we publish a ballot and ask you to sit down and tell us what you like best about Maui. Hundreds of you responded this year, as you have in the past, and your votes are reflected in these pages.

Keep that in mind as you read through the winners. If you find yourself disagreeing with the results, ask yourself this: Did you vote? How about your friends, family or colleagues? You can’t do anything about our Edit Picks (Maui Time staff decides those) but Best of Maui needs as many of you participating as possible.

Anyway, here are the winners—‘80s style! Because it was the best decade ever! Yeah… Well, maybe it was the best decade that started with an “8.” Anyway, we’ve got your big hair, Ronald Reagan, Rubik’s Cube, Pac-Man icons, cans of Tab—what symbolizes and exemplifies the go-go 1980’s better than a can of Tab? Well, I guess a lot of things, but they weren’t available.

In any case, thanks for your help. We truly couldn’t have done it without you.

-Tommy Russo, publisher

Contributors: Samantha Campos, Gena Gammie, Kellie Holliday, Heidi King, Corey Nielsen, Anthony Pignataro, Diana Rivera-Rodriguez, Jen Russo.