The role of the bartender or server is like the emcee at a party. When people go out and have food and drinks then they’re in a festive mood, and the person serving them is coordinator of that mood. As a good server you must be able to read a person and best deliver what they want, when they want it. Sometimes people want to hear your joke and other times they want quick, thorough service. I enjoy playing both roles.
It is easy to work at the SeaWatch because everything is in place and everyone here loves what they do. The Golden Emerald Golf Club is a beautiful place. From the second the guests step out of their car there is a sense of relaxation and ease. It makes serving the guests and meeting their expectations that much easier.
My wife and I have just moved back to the island after being gone for about five years. We had lived in Honokowai before and wanted to try something new so I looked for jobs on the south side. A good friend of mine, who knows a lot about the different restaurants on Maui, suggested that I talk to the manager of SeaWatch. I haven’t been working here for very long but the place is very unique and I enjoy that.
There is a really good group of people working at the SeaWatch. There is a really strong sense of teamwork and everyone tends to pull together to make the dining experience great for the guest. Like any job, if you cannot rely on the guy next to you, you are going to fail.
We have a pretty good mix of locals and tourists who visit the SeaWatch. I would like to see more people who live on the island come in, though. We live in a tourist economy and when people who are visiting ask the locals “Where do you eat?” it would be good to have our name suggested.
It also makes the atmosphere more pleasant when people come back to treat themselves, because if you are working on the island you are working hard. I would also like to see some of the people I’ve lost touch with sitting at my bar. MTW