When you think about the Maui Ocean Center, their iconic aquarium and outdoor pools filled with wondrous ocean creatures come to mind. So far, they’re not synonymous with live music and dinner shows, but that’s about to change.
The Maui Ocean Center is kicking off an all-new event at their charming seaside Ma`alaea restaurant, Seascape. For the first time ever, they will host a live band and create a special three-course menu in their elegant open-air, ocean-view dining room at the affair dubbed “Unplugged by the Sea.” Even better, Gomega is headlining the first one, this Thursday, Oct. 6.
“We’ve never played there before,” says Louis Kanoa Kukaua, the band’s vocalist and frontrunner. “I don’t think anybody has really played there before. For the most part, it’s gonna be Gomega way more light. We will be looping, and doing beatbox with acoustic instruments.”
Anytime you can catch Gomega live, it’s a treat. These guys have won Best Band on Maui voted by MauiTime readers three times, most recently in 2016 and 2015. Their sound is diverse and unique, and they always keep it fresh. This session will feature bandmates Ryan Rego and Kukaua.
Seascape is also proud of their certified platinum “Ocean Friendly Restaurant” status and the fact that they follow the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch recommendations for serving seafood. As their aquarium teaches conservation and brings environmental issues to light, the restaurant follows suit. The ocean-friendly restaurant program uses several different environmentally sound practices that limit the use of styrofoam and plastics. If a restaurant fulfills all eight of them they get the platinum status. This makes their pre-fixe menu for the night guilt-free and conservationist approved.
Seascape has two entrances, one from the shop’s side and one from the aquarium. You’re welcome to visit the aquarium prior to the event, but it’s not a deal breaker if you don’t. The restaurant also has some great Pau Hana deals Thursday to Saturday from 5 to 7pm. They offer $4 glasses of wine and $2.50 drafts with a great pupu menu. The pupus change seasonally but they have nibbles like truffle fries, flatbreads, seafood cocktail, grilled steak, poke, tacos and wings for around $10.
Unplugged by the Sea takes place on the first and third Thursdays of the month, so stay tuned for more of these live music and dinner shows. Tickets are $75 for dinner and $35 for just the show (kama`aina it’s $65, and if you’re a Maui Ocean Center member you get $15 off the regular price). You can reserve your spot at Mauioceancenter.com/unplugged or by calling 808-270-7068.
Unplugged by the Sea featuring Gomega
Maui Ocean Center, Ma`alaea
5:30pm dinner/ 6:45pm concert
Salad of Hydroponic Baby Greens, Kula Tomatoes, Cucumber, Alfalfa Sprouts, Curly Beets with House Made Rolls with Butter
Entrée (Choice of One) all entrees come with a starch and sautéed vegetables of chef’s choosing. Options are: Lemon Zest Encrusted Mahi-Mahi; Chicken Stuffed with Spinach & Boursin Cheese; Fire Broiled New York Steak with Red Wine Demi-Glace; Vegetable Napoleon–Grilled Medley of Vegetables with Pomodoro Sauce.
Dessert of Cheesecake