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We also love Coconuts on both Kauai and Maui. We Kai talked about going there today for when we go to Maui in a couple weeks.
 

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Aloha Mixed Plate has a great view and reasonably priced. As a plus, if you go in the evening you can enjoy the music from the Old Lahaina Luau next door.
 

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We also love Coconuts on both Kauai and Maui. We Kai talked about going there today for when we go to Maui in a couple weeks.
Our older daughter told us there is now a Coconuts in California near where she lives.
 

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Our older daughter told us there is now a Coconuts in California near where she lives.
Yes, I had heard that. I’m not surprised the food has always been excellent.
 

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Aloha Mixed Plate has a great view and reasonably priced. As a plus, if you go in the evening you can enjoy the music from the Old Lahaina Luau next door.
I don't know if Aloha Mixed Plate closed or moved, but the location next to the Old Lāhaina Luau is now Star Noodle. I prefer Star Noodle food.
 

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I don't know if Aloha Mixed Plate closed or moved, but the location next to the Old Lāhaina Luau is now Star Noodle. I prefer Star Noodle food.
Sadly Aloha Mixed Plate closed due to the pandemic, they had the same ownership as Star Noodle. They decided it made more sense to give the larger space to Star Noodle. We always enjoyed Mixed Plate, but understand the need to make adjustments to the business model.
 

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dh loves to eat out when on vacation and can eat 3 meals out. I can't eat that much food and I travel a lot for work so it doesn't hold the same appeal to me.

When DD & I travel to Hawaii we generally eat breakfast in, eat lunch out and then have a light dinner in the room....Costco has had some great large salads the last few times that make several meals for us. Great a loaf of good bread and we are good.

Often the lunch menus have smaller portions and smaller prices....it doesn't sound like that is the case with mama's. Also, like to catch the happy hour specials ...Lava Lava & Merrimans are 2 that come to mind.
 

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When we look to conserve money in Hawaii we will often make a big brunch in our timeshare, go for a late lunch happy hour, and make a light late dinner back in our timeshare. Our favourite happy hour on Maui is at the Monkeypod. If you're looking for a reasonable dinner Star Noodle is pretty great IMO.
 

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When we look to conserve money in Hawaii we will often make a big brunch in our timeshare, go for a late lunch happy hour, and make a light late dinner back in our timeshare. Our favourite happy hour on Maui is at the Monkeypod. If you're looking for a reasonable dinner Star Noodle is pretty great IMO.
Even Gannon's, which is pricey for dinner, has a very reasonable Happy Hour. Only problem is you can't reserve and it can get busy.
 

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I'm not sure how I did it, but I'm on a waitlist for Mama's Fish House. Yesterday I got notified that a reservation became available. I was away from my cellphone and by the time I looked, someone else got the reservation. Today I got another notification from OpenTable and as soon as I heard it I grabbed my cellphone, but again it was already taken. It made me think of the hedge funds that pay big bucks to get there servers in very close proximity to the stock exchange, so they can save microseconds. Maybe once we get to Hawaii I'll be able catch them earlier and get it before someone else snatches it.

For those that say Mama's is overpriced, I'd say it's not just about the food. I don't even remember how the food was last time we were there (although I do remember the dessert). What we remember was the ambiance, and we're always willing to pay extra for that. The majority of our favorite restaurants have a great view of the ocean.
 

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I'm not sure how I did it, but I'm on a waitlist for Mama's Fish House. Yesterday I got notified that a reservation became available. I was away from my cellphone and by the time I looked, someone else got the reservation. Today I got another notification from OpenTable and as soon as I heard it I grabbed my cellphone, but again it was already taken. It made me think of the hedge funds that pay big bucks to get there servers in very close proximity to the stock exchange, so they can save microseconds. Maybe once we get to Hawaii I'll be able catch them earlier and get it before someone else snatches it.

For those that say Mama's is overpriced, I'd say it's not just about the food. I don't even remember how the food was last time we were there (although I do remember the dessert). What we remember was the ambiance, and we're always willing to pay extra for that. The majority of our favorite restaurants have a great view of the ocean.
I agree Mama's is not just about the food. If you get a great table, and great service it can be worth it. As I've said in past posts we've gone quite a few times over the years. So now we're content with remembering those good times and going to places that are closer, and less expensive. :D
 

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...that sounds like an opportunity for walk-ups, or at least a last-minute call to check. Good to know!
 

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I checked on-line for Lahaina Grill (OpenTable) and couldn't find any open timeslots for the week that we'll be there. So, I called and "voila !" they had open timeslots (that didn't show for me) and they booked it for me.

So, my advice is that if you can't see any open timeslots to call the restaurant directly.
 

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Recently Gov. Ige said that restaurant occupancy would drop from 75% to 50%. I have a bunch of OpenTable reservations about 45 days out and am wondering if any of them will be cancelled.
 

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Recently Gov. Ige said that restaurant occupancy would drop from 75% to 50%. I have a bunch of OpenTable reservations about 45 days out and am wondering if any of them will be cancelled.
I think I read somewhere that a lot of restaurants never were able to go to 75% because the rules still required at least 6 feet between tables, and that was the most limiting restriction, not the capacity limit. If that is true, the impact might be less than the % change alone might indicate.

I am in the same boat as you with five nights of reservations already made for Kauai in October and four reservations made for the second week in Maui also. Just waiting on some that only book 30 days out to grab three more on Maui.
 

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I’ve been able to snag some cancellations including last night at Duke’s Kauai obtained in the same day. If you are willing to check OpenTable periodically, that can be a way to backfill.
 

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I think I read somewhere that a lot of restaurants never were able to go to 75% because the rules still required at least 6 feet between tables, and that was the most limiting restriction, not the capacity limit. If that is true, the impact might be less than the % change alone might indicate.

I am in the same boat as you with five nights of reservations already made for Kauai in October and four reservations made for the second week in Maui also. Just waiting on some that only book 30 days out to grab three more on Maui.
@JIMinNC , you may want to call the restaurants on the phone. In a number of cases, I saw on OpenTable that in some cases the calendar only went out 30 or 40 days. I found that when I called on the telephone, that they were able to book me beyond that time window.
 

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@JIMinNC , you may want to call the restaurants on the phone. In a number of cases, I saw on OpenTable that in some cases the calendar only went out 30 or 40 days. I found that when I called on the telephone, that they were able to book me beyond that time window.
Good idea. I think at least one of the places we are waiting on has the same reservation window for phone and online, but maybe not all of them. I’ll look into it. Thanks.
 
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