A living legend on the island of Maui, Hawaii, Arsene "Blackie" Gadarian is an 91 year-old machinist, former bar owner, jazz buff and irascible writer of pithy letters to local Maui publications.
Since 1979, Maui Blackie Gadarian and wife Sara have owned and operated Blackie´s Boat Yard and Blackie´s Machine Shop Lahaina, specializing in metal fabrication and custom railings.
From 1981 to 1995, Blackie´s Bar in Lahaina was known for its hot jazz, cold beer, unique dècor and antics of host Maui Blackie. Blackie said: "Aloha is a two-way street: you treat my staff well, you will get good service; if you are nasty, you will be thrown out."
From 1964 to 1979, Blackie and Sara Gadarian ran Blackie´s Boat Yard, Newport Beach. Blackie became known for battling City Hall and being a colorful character in many ways. Everything at Blackie´s Boat Yard was painted orange, which Blackie contends is the only neutral color he knows. The machinery, tugboat, crane, truck and Blackie´s shirts were bright orange.
The orange color has continued on Maui on Blackie´s building, machinery, boats, golf cart and truck, and always on Blackie´s shirts.
A jazz music aficionado and impresario with large repertoire of recorded jazz music, Maui Blackie broadcasts selections on a local Maui radio station.
Maui Blackie Gadarian wears his trademark orange shirt all over the United States and Europe, from the bars in Lahaina to the jazz clubs of Paris, verandas of yacht clubs and posh restaurants and hotels.