If American music icon Willie Nelson gets
a hankering to perform when hes on Maui, hell often give the folks
at Charleys Restaurant, run by his good friend, Jim Fuller, a
couple of days notice and then pop by to play a set with his local
band, the Planetary Bandits.
enough to catch a Nelson gig at Charleys usually have benefitted
from blind chance or word of mouth in the days just prior,
according to Fuller.
We can hold 150
people, he said. If we started advertising, there would be
performances at Charleys are available at the bar the day before
each event. The restaurant features entertainment four to six
nights a week.
Fuller said he
founded Charleys, which has been offering up eats and entertainment
in the rustic town of Paia for nearly 37 years, when he had grown
tired of working for other people. He also decided he wanted to
serve customers healthier fare.
breakfast, served until midnight, is popular and was recently voted
best breakfast on Maui by readers of a local newspaper. Charleys is
known for its Frisbee-size pancakes but also offers healthier
options such as freshly squeezed orange juice and
another Willie performs weekly at Hapas Night Club in Kihei. Willie
K. is a guitarist, singer and recording artist who, along with his
rock band, plays traditional Hawaiian music, heavy metal and
everything in between.
Monday-night shows usually feature danceable rock n roll, but if
the mood strikes him, hell convincingly launch into a classical
Hapas owner, Gus
Hoeft, strives to offer entertainment every night, with bands on
Saturdays, a disc jockey for Sunday teen nights and a gay night
twice a week, usually featuring a disc jockey and other live music
by special engagement. All nights except teen nights are for the
hankering for a bite to eat between sets, Mexican restaurant
Hirohitos, next door to Hapas, serves food -- including steak,
wraps and burgers, which Hoeft terms gringo food -- until 1
Over in Lahaina,
Hoeft has opened a new watering hole, Waveriders Bar and
Grill. Billed as the largest nightclub
on Maui, Waveriders has a spacious, smoke-free dance floor, ample
bar seating and booths, a VIP room which seats 15 and open-air
seating fronting the restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The clubs musical offerings include regular stints by Los
Angeles-based Living Legends, DJ Mark Farina, ska-rock group Go
Jimmy Go and an assortment of Jamaican bands.
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