Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Maui With Daily Happy Hour Deals

The island's “Aloha hour” is an affordable way for families to eat and drink at top spots while watching the sunset.

Cocktails at KŌ, photo courtesy of Fairmont Kea Lani

Maui’s “Aloha hour” (happy hour) offers delicious deals on food and tropical drinks and is often paired with live music and a front-row seat to the island’s breathtaking sunsets. Here are some of the best kid-friendly restaurants for happy hour deals, from elegant five-star resorts to casual beachfront eateries.

Auntie’s Kitchen at Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas

Happy hour: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. daily

Auntie’s Kitchen serves up casual island fare in a relaxed, poolside setting. During happy hour, parents can enjoy the Kabayaki braised short rib lettuce wraps and, at just US$5 per glass, Auntie’s Mai Tai’s are one of the best deals on the island. Kids will love the strawberry lemonade and chicken nachos with cheese sauce. Bring your bathing suits and towels for a post-pupu (appetizer) swim and play on the beach. Then, stay for the sunset.


The Banyan Tree at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua Bay

Happy hour: 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily

For farm-to-fork cuisine visit The Banyan Tree, located on the northwest tip of the island. During its daily “Tiki Hour,” get half-priced salads, pupus and chilled Moet & Chandon champagne by the glass. The crispy five-spiced duck buns, seared scallops with smoked pork belly, and grilled octopus topped with kale-mac-nut-pesto and local goat chevre, are just a few menu highlights. The resort caters to families (and offers excellent kids programming) so kids are most welcome. Be sure to arrive early for a sunset view table.


Japengo at Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa, Ka’anapali

Happy hour: 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily

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Located near Whalers Village, Japengo is best known for its Asian-inspired Hawaiian cuisine. Enjoy daily happy hour deals on the ocean-view patio overlooking the Hyatt Regency’s lush grounds. There’s also live music and breathtaking sunsets. Food items range between US$5 and US$18. Try the hoisin glazed pork ribs, fried rice or curry dusted calamari. Glasses of wine and specialty cocktails are US$7. Bonus: Make time to tour the resort to see gardens, tropical birds and resident penguins.


at Fairmont Kea Lani, Wailea

Happy hour: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. daily

KŌ’s menu features recipes from Maui’s sugarcane plantation era. Most ingredients on executive chef Tylun Pang’s menu are sourced from the island. Happy hour specials get you up to just over 50 per cent off select food and drink. Try the Lumpia Filipino spring rolls (chef’s family recipe), stir fried pepper shrimp or Kalua pork flatbread. The Upcountry Buck with Plymouth gin, ginger beer and lime is a refreshing favourite. A keiki (kids) menu is also available.


The Red Bar at Gannon’s at Wailea Golf Club

Happy hour: 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily

The Red Bar at Gannon’s has one of the longest happy hours on Maui. Food starts at just US$6, draft beer at US$3 and signature cocktails at US$9. If you arrive early enough to nab a table, it’s also one of the best places to watch the sunset. Signature dishes, such as the truffle mac and cheese and Bev’s crab dip, are both hearty and delicious. Lighter fare, including salads and seafood, is also available. Save room for dessert, as the apple and berry crisp, with mac-nut streusel and toasted coconut gelato is life-changing.


Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman, Whalers Village (Ka’anapali) and Wailea

Happy hour: 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. daily

Monkeypod Kitchen is a fan favourite for happy hour in Maui, with up to 50 per cent off food and drink specials. For the kids, the hand tossed, wood fired pizzas are a hit. Other delicious choices include lobster devilled eggs, wood-roasted chicken wings and the Kauai shrimp and Hamakua mushroom potstickers. Don’t leave without ordering the legendary Monkeypod Mai Tai made with light and dark rum, lime and house-made macadamia nut orgeat, and topped with a honey-lilikoi (passion fruit) foam.


Sea House Restaurant at Napili Kai Beach Resort

Happy hour: 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily

Sea House Restaurant overlooks picturesque Napili Bay in northwest Maui and it’s also the perfect spot for après beach pupu. The extensive Whale Watcher’s Happy Hour menu includes dishes starting at US$4 and drink specials starting at US$3. Spend the day building sand castles and snorkelling in the calm turquoise water, then head to this casual restaurant for soups, salads and snacks. Favourites include the Ahi poke nachos, balsamic glazed Brussels sprouts and panko crusted blue crab cakes.


Three’s Bar & Grill, Kihei

Happy hour: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to 10 pm

Three’s is a casual bar and grill in Kalama Village close to Cove Beach Park in Kihei. The restaurant has an inventive fusion menu of Hawaiian, Southwestern and Pacific Rim cuisine. The twice-daily happy hour is hugely popular with locals and tourists alike. Chef favourites include the Peruvian pork taco (US$3.75), bacon fried Brussels sprouts (US$6) and Captain Dan’s bacon wrapped hotdog (US$7.50). You’ll also find drink specials starting at just US$3.50, US$2 oyster shucks and a full kids’ menu. Request a seat on the patio to enjoy the live music.

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