One of the easier categories, Sansei has for years served the freshest, best raw fish on Maui. The quality, presentation and selection are simply better than any other sushi joint around. Rolls, sashimi, straight sushi—it makes no difference. I was even there one night when a friend of mine asked the chefs for a special order of some weird roll with eel and cream cheese, and they delivered. Thursday night karaoke-and-half-price-after-10 p.m. nights just sweeten the deal. 115 Bay Dr., Kapalua, 669-6286; 1881 S. Kihei Rd., 879-0004.
runner-up (tie): jacques. 120 hana hwy, paia, 579-8844/isana. 515 s. kihei rd., 874-5700. (ap)