Haui’s Life’s A Beach
How did you get a job there?
I just came in a few years ago and they hired me as a Server, then I was promoted to Bar Tender this year.
What spirit do you like to work with the most? what is the last drink you made with it?
Flavored Vodka..last drink was a “Da Maui Sunburn”
Perhaps you are a wine and beer fan and distilled beverages dont float your boat, what is the last incredible wine or beer you drank? What made it spectacular?
If you could change one thing about the drinks business on Maui what would it be?
Everyplace be like Haui’s Life’s A Beach and serve Draft beer in true 16oz pints not the short pints that most bars use.
What is your favorite happy hour on Maui? Why?
Haui’s Life’s A Beach of course. Great drink specials 3-7 every day with live music.
What is your bar’s signature drink/wine/beer?
Only Kihei bar serving draft beer in true 16 oz pints and 24 oz mugs. One Mean Mai Tai with 4 kinds of rum mixed with special blend of fruit juices.
What is YOUR signature drink? (Or go to wine or beer in your selection?)
Lava Flows, Pina Coladas
When you are making a cocktail what is the most important thing?
Use the right proportions and always smile.
who or what influences you outside of the beverage business?
music, especially dance music
Let’s say you’re pitching an investor who wants you to open your ultimate bar. What is your concept? Where is it located?
Beach Bar in Maui with good inexpensive drinks and great entertainment.
Name one new liquor/beer/wine you tasted recently. What was your impression?
Stoli Hot Jalepeno Vodka.. spicy and delicious
What are your regulars like?
friendly and diverse
What is one interesting thing about being a bartender on Maui?
meeting lots of interesting people
What makes a good bartender? Why are you one?
be friendly and attentive to customers and of course, mix great drinks.
What is the newest drink you have created? Describe whats in it.
HAUI’S LIFE’S A BEACH HAPPY HOUR – Daily. From 3-7pm get $2.50 pints Budweiser, Rolling Rock, Bud Light and Coors Light, $3.50 24oz mugs. Stella Artois and Shock Top $3.50 pints, $5.00 24oz mugs. Mai Tai’s $2. For just $6 get a whole liter of Mai-Tai! On Football Sundays head to Haui’s from 8am-7pm for $4 Bloody Marys and $3 Screwdrivers to go with your $6 breakfast. Haui’s Life’s A Beach, (1913 S. Kihei Rd. #E, Kihei); 808-891-8010
About Jen Russo
I write lifestyle and culinary columns for MauiTime. I love being a Maui girl and adore my big family. Dedicated food taster, blogger, internet fanatic, and Maui and Hawaii specialist.