Charley's is my kind of place - Willie Nelson

 

Take a step back in time and find true Aloha.

Charley's Restaurant and Saloon, established in 1969, is an award-winning, Maui Landmark.

Charley’s is a reflection of the culture of Maui, the essence of its foods, and the warm spirit of entertainment and Aloha.

We welcome you to a favorite community gathering place and celebrated destination spot.

Charley’s is located in Paia, Maui, Hawaii; a former sugar-plantation town that serves as the crossroads to the North Shore of Maui.  Known for its large waves and ideal conditions for surfing, windsurfing and kite-boarding, the North Shore of Maui is a water playground. The North Shore is also known for its rainforests, waterfalls and hiking.

Paia maintains its small-town, old Hawaii charm, and is now a bustling destination with restaurants, bars, shopping, coffee and gelato.

At Charley’s you never know who might be sitting next to you. It’s long been a favorite hang-out for surfers, adventurers, writers, hippies, rock stars, artists, business leaders, celebrities, and all types, looking to get away and find the ultimate in Maui hospitality.

Willie Nelson’s Favorite Spot on Maui! See him at work at Charley’s here!

About

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. 

 

Our History:

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!