Photo by Sean Michael Hower.
Charley’s Restaurant and Saloon, Paia, Maui, HI
How did you get a job there?
I got a phone call on a Sunday asking if I could come in and train that night. Not sure if I wanted to take the job, I called my mom and asked her… She said “Well hell ya Jade” so I went in! I’ve been at Charley’s for over a year and that’s the longest I’ve ever been at a job continuously!
Perhaps you are a wine and beer fan and distilled beverages don’t float your boat, what is the last incredible wine or beer you drank? What made it spectacular?
VOOOODDDDKAAAA! I love it because there are endless options for cocktails when mixing it. Plus there are like a thousand different flavors: marshmallow, whipped cream, blueberry! The last drink I made with it was a Dirty Goose. I have a funny saying about martini’s, come ask me sometime!
If you could change one thing about the drinks business on Maui what would it be?
…. No answer
What is your favorite happy hour on Maui? Why?
Charley’s, of course.
What is your bar’s signature drink/wine/beer?
We recently created a new drink menu and it’s got the tastiest cocktails including an Organic Agave Margarita and a White Gummytini with fruity gummy bears at the bottom!
What is YOUR signature drink? (Or go to wine or beer in your selection?)
A long time ago when I was first learning to bartend a lady came in and ordered a specific drink: “something fruity and sweet, but strong” If you’re a bartender I know you’re laughing right now! I mixed a few things together and she wrote on the receipt “Thanks for the absolutely delicious Martini” That was 4 years ago and I still have the note. I think the drink tastes like sunshine! Either way, it’s delicious and it’s also made it to our drink list at Charley’s. It’s called the Maui Martini
When you are making a cocktail what is the most important thing?
To not forget the LIQUOR!
Smiling is usually a good idea also!
who or what influences you outside of the beverage business?
Name one new liquor/beer/wine you tasted recently. What was your impression?
I picked up some original Pumpkin Ale from Buffalo Bill’s Brewery and I wasn’t terribly impressed. I thought it’d taste more like pumpkin pie. I’m definitely looking forward to tasting the other seasonal brews this year. And when it comes to wine, nothing makes me happier than a bottle of Kim Crawford!
What are your regulars like?
I love love love all of the regulars at Charley’s. They make Charley’s what it is. It’s great knowing what to pour before people even sit down.
What is one interesting thing about being a bartender on Maui?
I love bartending on Maui because so many people on this island work in the service industry so they completely understand when it’s really busy and it takes a few minutes to get a drink on a busy night!
What makes a good bartender? Why are you one?
A good bartender is someone that can smile when sh*t hits the fan… which is a lot harder than it sounds! I’m a good bartender….most of the time!
What is the newest drink you have created? Describe what’s in it.
CHARLEY’S HAPPY HOUR – Daily. From 3-6pm Enjoy $3 Wells, $3 Draft, $3 Domestic bottles, & $4 Organic house red and white wines. $3-$6 pupu menu available during happy hour. $5 Bloody Marys starting at 8am on Football Sundays. Charley’s Restaurant & Saloon, (142 Hana Hwy., Paia); 808-579-9453;http://charleyspaia.com