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!

Dark Water Rebellion

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Founding member Brent Gorcie began producing music under the name "Dark Waters" in 2012 with friend Charley Shellenbarger. The name came from a random page in the book 'Necronomicon' by H.P. Lovecraft tucked away on a dusty bookshelf at Charley's home. Gorcie had recorded most of the "Dark Waters" songs with various musicians between Los Angeles, New York and south Florida for over a decade with more of an industrial/electronic style. In early 2015, after meeting Danielle Romanowski at a local music venue, the two worked together on transforming the music into a Southern Goth sound with raw folk/americana live instrumentation, thus creating the original D.W.R. sound.

In 2013 Brent met Nick Smith and Fabian Abarca on the rooftop of the apartment complex they lived in overlooking the boardwalk on Venice Beach, California.  The building was sort of a community of industry professionals in music and film but they never talked much about doing music together.  After a year apart, the three were coincidentally reunited back in South Florida.  After Brent and Danielle formed the band, Nick and Fabian were contacted to join the project.  Nick Smith (also of Back Porch Blvd) tapped into his Alabama southern roots, alternating between banjo, acoustic guitar, and harmonica, to contribute to the folk element of the D.W.R. sound.  Fabian Abarca maintains the "goth" undertones in the D.W.R. spectrum with his dark, melodic bass lines.


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