Musician/Stage Policies & Info

Email us to inquire about booking


Thank you for providing music & entertainment for our café!  We are stoked you’re here to read about how we do things. Please contact Liam or the events manager for any questions.

Liam Grist (808) 298-2725, (Cafe owner/partner with Danny)

Please choose some dates from our calendar on Facebook that may work for you and email us at or message us through our Facebook page. The booking is only confirmed when the Facebook event is created for the booked event. Our website is then automatically updated with the event listing on the calendar page, and local news channels are emailed.

We provide 2x Bose S1 stage monitor, 12 channel mixer with various inputs including xlr, ¼’’ inputs. We have three microphones and mic stands available for use. Your sound is broadcast through the stage monitors (Bose S1) and our house sound system.  Sometimes a sound tech or one of our staff members will help you setup, and monitor your levels. Please try to keep the stage area uncluttered. Do not block tables or access to tables with your equipment or baggage. If you have excess equipment, you can put it next to the stage or in the music closet. 

We have a 5ft wide (height adjustable) table that we can put on stage for you. You can plug in to our mixer via 1/4”, RCA, or XLR. No explicit profanity is allowed (per Maui liquor law). No dancing is allowed (per Maui liquor law) if the dance floor is not opened and staffed by an employee/security. The volume level, especially with bass, is of great concern and of great importance to keep low so that we don’t get complaints from our neighbors or the hotel guests. We want to continue expanding our DJ nights and need to be careful about it. Thanks for your help!

Volumes & Decibel Reader:
There is a sound level decibel reader on top of the gazebo that you can see as you are sitting on stage here. It is accurate at reading the noise level. All entertainers are required to aim for an average of 75-85db, never to touch the 90db reading. 75-80db is a good average when you are starting, then increasing the average volume to 85db. Thanks for understanding!  

$50 cash before you start performing or during your break. Please collect it from the cash register staff member, as you arrive to the cafe, or during your performance or break. If you don’t ask for it before the staff “closes the cash drawer”, it is challenging to properly account for. We are working hard to cut our costs and increase sales to be able to offer performers a more fair and standard fee. Until then we hope you can play for the experience and pleasure of it. Mahalo for your support!

Discounts Food/Drink:
$25 tab for 1 performer. $35 tab for two performers. $45 tab for three performers. Musician’s tab may be split using a $25 discount on the main tab, and $10 musician’s discount on the second tab. Order your food before the kitchen closes (sometimes by 7:30pm). Sorry, we do not offer food/drink credits for later due to logistics.

We have a tip jar you can use, but you may bring your own as well. It is best to place the tip jar on stage, where everyone can see it and it is not in the walkway.

Table & Merch:
You may use the table next to the bar, to sell merchandise.


Don’t be too loud. We have a strict noise ordinance with the hotel next door. Please don’t bring percussive instruments or amplified bass.  Obey the decibel reader.
Be respectful to the staff. If we ask you to turn the volume down, or we adjust the settings, keep the volume there.
No alcoholic drinks on stage.
No swearing on recorded music or over the mic. We are a family friendly cafe.
No screaming or shouting.
Do not call out or talk poorly of any customers or staff out loud at the cafe.
No more than two people on stage at any time.
There is no dancing allowed (yet) at our cafe due to Maui County Liquor law. You are required to soften the volume or stop playing if there are people dancing. Weird yes, but important!

We book entertainment on our calendars from 5pm to 8pm or 9pm. Here is the general timeline…
5pm Begin setting up with the sound tech. They should be there at 5pm. Please ask the staff for the sound tech (who is sometimes the cook).
5:30pm Begin playing/performing
7pm Break (if desired)
8pm Music off (weekdays)
8:30pm Music off (Friday & Saturday)

Please notify your sound tech or the staff when you plan to take a break. That way we can make sure there is house music is ready to go between your sets. We trust you’ll be back to play quickly. 

You are not allowed to smoke in the Nalu Kai carport, in the parking spots, or in front of Paia Bay Coffee. Please do not block the alleyway. Dispose of your waste properly.

Social Media:
We will create a FB event upon confirmation of your performance/entertainment. The event is confirmed when the FB event is created. When we create the event, it automatically gets uploaded to our website and Mauitime is notified. Please “like” our Paia Bay Coffee and Bar Facebook page and friend request Liam Grist on facebook so that we can add you as a “co-host” to the event. Please edit the header photo, edit the info about the event, add any photos or media for promo, and invite your friends to the event. We will do our best to promo the event but appreciate your efforts promoting greatly!

We offer monthly regular bookings to some musicians.  We do not currently offer regular weekly bookings as we are trying to grow the happy hour scene by inviting different and diverse musicians/entertainment each week. Please tell your friends who may be interested in performing here. 

View Our Live Events Calendar