Ryan Luckey, Leilani’s on the Beach

Ryan Luckey

Chef Ryan Luckey began his career in the culinary industry as a line cook 20 years ago at the Red Lobster on Front Street in Lahaina Town on the island of Maui, Hawai’i. From that first experience in the kitchen, he developed and grew at the old Kapalua Grill & Bar, Plantation House at Kapalua and the Bay Club on Kapalua Bay, further refining his skill, creativity and personal style within some of Maui’s finest hotels and resorts including the Kapalua Bay Hotel, the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa and The Westin Maui.  Chef Luckey also spent 6 years as Executive Chef at Pineapple Grill in Kapalua, which he evolved in to a multi-award winning restaurant and lounge, has truly allowed him to embrace the Spirit of Aloha and sense of ‘ohana through the creation of an exemplary culinary experience unique to Maui for both local residents and visitors alike. Chef Luckey’s commitment to sustainable local agriculture and Hawai’i raised and produced livestock has placed him at the forefront of the local Farm to Table movement of Maui Nui.  Most recently, Luckey served as Executive Sous Chef at the Hula Grill on Kaanapal Beach, and now serves as Chef and leader of the culinary team at Leilanis on the Beach.


During Chef Luckey’s tenure at the Pineapple Grill, they received numerous accolades and awards, including the following:


Honolulu Magazine Hale ‘Aina Award – Best Maui Restaurant

Gold – 2011

Silver – 2010

Top 5 – 2012


Maui No Ka ‘Oi Magazine ‘Aipono Award – Best Restaurant

Gold – 2009 & 2010

Silver – 2007, 2008, 2011 & 2012


Maui No Ka ‘Oi Magazine ‘Aipono Award – Best Hawaiian Regional

Gold – 2012

Silver – 2008

2012 Maui No Ka ‘Oi Magazine ‘Aipono Award – Best Bar – Gold

2009 Maui No Ka ‘Oi Magazine ‘Aipono Award – Best Seafood – Silver

2009 Maui No Ka ‘Oi Magazine ‘Aipono Award – Best Business Lunch Silver

2009 – Hawai’i Hospitality Magazine’s Top Young Chefs to Watch

2011 Chaine des Rotisseurs Award of Merit – Wine Dinner

2006-2012 – Wine Spectator Award of Excellence