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.

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John Waite

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Three decades have passed since a restless, wild-eyed teenager from northwest England first packed his bags for London to pursue his passion for music, and though he has enjoyed formidably staying power, chart-topping records and sold-out concerts around the world, John Waite¹s hunger has never diminished ­ it has simply become something much more complex.

The turn of the page to 2010 finds the ever-evolving British singer/songwriter preparing the release of In Real Time, an electrifying live album recorded with his high-octane three-piece band in Orlando, Florida in 2009.

³It¹s a lot of the hits played how we play them live,² Waite says of In Real Time. ³It¹s like late 60¹s rock in London when it was performance driven, prior to becoming commercialized ­ back in the days when everybody got in a transit van, sat on the amps and drove for hours to the next gig. When I set out to do this record, I wanted to simplify it down to what I remember rock and roll being as a kid ­ a three-piece band with a singer ­ so it¹s very raw and right on the edge.²

Classic hits like ³Change,² The Babys¹ ³Back On My Feet Again² and ³Head First,² Bad English¹s ³Best Of What I¹ve Got² and even a blistering cover of Zep¹s ³Rock and Roll² take on entirely new lives in their raw forms on the spontaneously delicious In Real Time.

As impressive as the live album is and Waite¹s live performances are, it became clear to him on a recent tour of Europe that his true focus is not on where he has been, but where he is going. He realized the need, more than anything else at the moment, to take a step forward and create something new and amazing.

³I think there was a chapter between the past and the future on that tour,² Waite says. ³As much as this live album is a defining moment and as much as I enjoyed playing those songs, I consider this is a new beginning.²

Waite is referring specifically to the sweet pocket of creativity he is currently enjoying with Matchbox 20 lead guitarist/songwriter Kyle Cook, as the two ready fresh new music for Waite¹s highly anticipated forthcoming solo album.

³It¹s pretty much extraordinary,² Waite says of the material he is creating with Cook, who he met through a mutual friend. ³It¹s not like what people would expect from me. It¹s a step to the left. There¹s a rock imprint on the music and a melodic presence, but it¹s just shifted gears. It has an identity and a philosophy of its own, which is really fresh for me.²

The collaboration has proved to be nothing short of phenomenal, if songs like ³Evil² (a thumping rocker-meets-dance-club tour de force) and ³Gone² (a hook-laced better-off-on-the-open-road anthem) are any indication of what is to come. The as-yet-untitled eclectic collection of brand new music, Waite¹s first studio album since 2007¹s DowntownŠJourney of Heart, is set for a 2010 release.

³I¹m not saying it¹s high art, but genuinely speaking, it¹s fantastic for me,² Waite says, reflecting on his new music. ³I certainly am interested in spending the rest of my life doing something creative rather than just living in the past.²


Inspired by British blues-based bands like Free, the Small Faces, and Humble Pie, it was during the desperately cold winter of 1975 that Waite and the Babys cut their rock¹n¹roll teeth, rehearsing and playing gigs on the London scene. Two years later, a combination of hard work, sheer persistence, and a great sense of adventure brought the band success in America. By Œ78, with two albums under its collective belt and a Top 40 hit with ³Isn¹t It Time?,² The Babys released their third album, which spawned the chart smash ³Every Time I Think Of You...² Flash forward six years and the title of that latter song would provide the immortal opening lines to what is undeniably one of the all-time greatest pop/rock ballads, ³Missing You.²

Waite had cut five albums with The Babys before moving to New York to go solo during the early 1980s. His first solo album, Ignition, boasted the MTV/rock radio staple ³Change.² A year later, back with a new record on a new label, Waite was smiling again. On September 22, 1984, he found himself at number one on the hit parade with ³Missing You.² The song topped the international charts. Twenty years on, this classic remains a radio staple around the globe. ³It was an unbelievable experience at the time ­and still something I¹m very proud of,² he says.

In the late 1980s, Waite released more solo albums before returning to the top of the charts during a two-album tenure as front man for the pop/rock super group Bad English, which featured Waite¹s former Babys bandmates Jonathan Cain and Ricky Phillips along with Neal Schon from Journey and drummer Deen Castronovo. The band¹s number one single, ³When I See You Smile,² sparked sold-out concert tours and a succession of Billboard Hot 100 Hits. But when the group¹s spark was gone, Waite packed his bags and returned to life as a solo songsmith.

Waite now prefers to balance his life between singing on stage and composing and recording honest, heartfelt solo albums. He has written and recorded several songs for feature films. For kicks (and perhaps honor, as a diehard Beatles fan), he even enjoyed a brief stint a few years ago on a Ringo Starr concert tour. Not one to be deterred by the changing face of the music industry, John Waite is content in simply being true to himself and his art.


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