Walking into Charley's is like coming home. Our mission at Charley's is to provide quality food and beverages at affordable prices, presented with warm service, in a spacious and comfortable environment.
In our family-oriented restaurant and bar, we honor community, friendship, music, and good times. Create lasting memories while enjoying great food, drinks, fun, and laughter as you live and experience the spirit of Maui’s North Shore.
Charley was a Great Dane with and even greater spirit. He belonged to Jim Fuller, who opened the original Charley’s in Lahaina in 1969, as a fresh-fruit juice stand, supplying carrot juice and avocado sandwiches to surfers, hippies and locals.
Jim Fuller had arrived on Maui in 1967. The 29 year-old former Los Angeles High-School track star, had already dealt blackjack in Vegas and sold cars in Honolulu. Shortly after he arrived on Maui, he acquired a dog – a Very large dog – that grew to 160 pounds and four feet high. A Harlequin Great Date with pale blue eyes and an even disposition, he was named after the star of the movie “Goodbye Charley”.
After development encroached on his Front Street Lahaina location, Jim relocated his business to the town of Paia. Charley’s grew in popularity and Jim took over the rear of the building, opening a restaurant & saloon with a play on his dog’s name; "Charley P. Woofer Saloon”.
Any given day, Charley the dog could be found lounging around the restaurant or freely visiting his friends around Paia.
In 1978, Charley went to doggy heaven. His spirit remains strong and he was followed by AC (After Charley) and Woofer, both Harlequins. A long line of dogs and dog lovers have been associated with Charley’s ever since.
Willie Nelson dropped by Charley’s one day for breakfast. He and Jim Fuller became great friends and the first concert he played drew 800 fans. Willie remains a mainstay in the true spirit of the saloon and his family has been enjoying time at Charley’s for many years.
In August of 2011, ownership of Charley’s Restaurant & Saloon passed to Jonathan Herman, a long-time family friend of Jim’s and a dog-owner and lover. Jonathan grew up in Maui. While honoring the legacy and celebrating its history, Jonathan and his team are excited and passionate about guiding Charley’s through the next 40 years!