While Hawaii is still in limbo as we try to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic there is one thing we all have in common that is not in limbo: our appetites! After long stay-at-home orders, enduring travel quarantines, and on the brink of re-opening our state we long to be able to enjoy our island cuisine. But the big question everyone is asking is “What’s open?”. With our economy largely relying on tourism, unfortunately, it is still not feasible for many restaurants to be open.  This is especially true for the areas of Maui that largely rely on visitor traffic. Below are a few of our favorite restaurants that are currently open for take-out and dine-in.  While these restaurants are very different from one another, the 2 things they have in common are: their owners are really hands-on and they are some of the best on the Island of Maui.  Please, come support them and taste some of the best food you will ever find!

Mala Ocean Tavern

Mala Tavern

Voted as the best Oceanfront Dining by Maui No Ka Oi Magazine 2019, Mala Tavern is “weathering the storm” with the best attitude possible.  Read this recent article about them, published by the Star Advertiser, and you can see an amazing drive and resilience of the new owners of Mala Tavern.  Located in majestic Lahaina Town, this restaurant is only a few feet away from the ocean.  Watch Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles swim by, while making a toast and witnessing the most spectacular Sunset Maui can offer!


The Pour House

The Pour House Kapalua

This small restaurant is located in Kapalua and is often referred to as “wine-bar” by the locals.  It is for a good reason, because the set up and ambience is amazing!  It might appear as a type of place mostly catered to adults; however, it is kids friendly too!  The owner of this restaurant is so attentive and accommodating… True Italian Hospitality!  Their food is delicious, especially their scrumptious burrata! They are currently open for take-out and dine-in on their covered lanai.  Not only they are the only restaurant that is open in Kapalua at the moment, they are also definitely one of the best.


Kula Bistro

Kula Bistro

Located upcountry, Kula Bistro was rated Best Italian Restaurant by Maui News 2019 and #1 restaurant upcountry Maui by Trip Advisor.  This restaurant is a “must do” if you are taking a drive to Haleakala or find yourself upcountry Maui for any other reason.  Under new ownership, this place has recently gone thru several wonderful renovations such as: adding more bathrooms, great outdoor seating, and a wood-burning outdoor Forno Bravo pizza oven.  Before COVID-19 you would almost always have to stand in line 20-30 min to get into this restaurant.  Now you have an unprecedented opportunity to get right in and get some of the best food and service you will find on Maui.

It is mind-baffling to see so many great restaurants standing empty with no concrete re-opening dates… Some of those include: Merriman’s at Kapalua Bay, Sansei Kapalua, Monkeypod in Ka’anapali, Frida’s and Honu in Lahaina Town, Mama’s Fish House in Paia, and many more.  It is very sad to hear that many restaurant owners made a decision to shut down permanently after so many years of successful operation…  In the midst of it all we have to try to find positives where we can and support local businesses that are trying to survive this global disaster.  We recently stumbled across a website that is chock-full of great foodie information from shave ice to gourmet meals, drinks, events, and more.  There is also is a current link to what restaurants are open Maui. We are hoping that list will keep growing as we rebuild our economy once again.  Help us accomplish that by visiting and supporting our local businesses!

Hurricane Irma Florida Keys

Sea Monkey is all about fun, excitement, and luxury. Sometimes, however, life has a way of pulling all of us back away from ourselves to recognize the needs of others and serious, sometimes tragic events. In the wake of the destruction, devastation and heartache left behind by Hurricanes Harvey, and Irma, the arms of Sea Monkey are extended outward. We grieve for the insurmountable loss of many. Please join Sea Monkey in prayer and relief effort to help restore the loss. Every prayer, every gift, no matter how large or small matters to the people who desperately need it. Hurricane relief efforts can be found online, you can give monetarily or even purchase products online that will be shipped directly to the affected areas. Sea Monkey has a lot of happy memories from the time the boat was in Key West and we want to do our part to do support the communities. Come together and help rebuild – while we cannot halt the operations of fun and excitement that our guests seek on their Hawaiian vacations – we can show our kuleana (responsibility) aloha (love) and kokua (assistance).

Sea Monkey Private Charters is donating 10% of all charters booked in the month of September 2017 to the American Red Cross hurricane relief effort. Our thoughts are with all recovering from or bracing for the hurricanes. 

Aloha and blessings from Sea Monkey Private Charters Owners, Staff, & Crew.

Humpback Whales on Sea Monkey Private Charters

Humpback Whale Watching Tour in Maui, HI with Sea Monkey Maui Private Charters

Check out this photo of Sea Monkey and this beautiful humpback taken by our friends on raft boat nearby!

Hawaii’s second largest island is often described as a sun-drenched pacific paradise, so it is no wonder that many couples find it the ideal place for a romantic proposal. With fabulous scenery, idyllic weather, wonderful food, and a calmer, more relaxed atmosphere than Hawaiian destinations such as Waikiki, there are plenty of places to propose on Maui whatever time of day you choose. Most visitors head to either West Maui or South Maui for the best locations.


Sunrise Proposals on Maui

Most people would agree that if you want to pop the question as the sun comes up, there is no better place on Maui to do it than at the top of Haleakala, a dormant volcano in Haleakala National Park. The views from the top are breathtaking, but do be aware it takes two hours to drive to the top from the coast, you need to plan ahead if you want to be there for the sunrise, which is known as one of the best in the world. Legend has it that the Hawaiian god Maui waited in the volcano’s crater to capture the sun and make it move more slowly through the sky.


Daytime Proposals on Maui

One of the most romantic ways to propose in Maui is to pack a picnic and head for a secluded beach where you can enjoy snorkeling and swimming before or after the proposal. Ideal beaches in South Maui include Sugar Beach and Kamaole II Beach, while in West Maui Kaanapali Beach and Napili Bay is are wonderful choices.

Lahaina is a lovely historic town in West Maui and is ideal for a more public proposal. You can spend the day shopping Front Street and work your way to the harbor where you can take a cruise or simply walk along the seawall before you get down on one knee. Celebrate afterwards with a Mai Tai at one of the picturesque waterfront bars.


Sunset Proposals on Maui

Maui sunsets are legendary and can be enjoyed from just about anywhere along the west coast. There are plenty of places that are perfect for a sunset proposal, however, one of the best options is to take a sunset cruise out of Lahaina Harbor. If you book a sunset cruise with Sea Monkey Private Charters – make sure you let us know you are planning to propose so we can make a few special arrangements for you. Sunset on the water aboard a luxury yacht never fails for romance. If you choose an earlier excursion with us – you can eat lunch or dinner and snorkel during the day then pop the question as the moon rises and the sun sets all the while cruising along the beautiful West Coast of Maui.

Give us a call today to make your proposal unforgettable!

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