Pete, Derrick, and Bruce, owners of Pau Hana, formed their long friendship while living in Oahu. Derrick and Bruce grew up in Hawaii, while Pete, a Seattle native, grew up traveling to Hawaii every chance he got.
Pete moved to Hawaii in 1993 where he lived for 10 years, his love of the place deeply rooted in his family heritage. Pete's mom was raised on Oahu, daughter to migrant farm workers. While in Hawaii, Pete spent a great deal of time in the food and beverage industry before opening his own place (Mango's) in 1998, which he then followed up with a management stint at Kapono's Nightclub. In late 2003 Pete moved back to Seattle to be closer to family, and threw himself back into the food and beverage industry.
Derrick was raised on the windward side of Oahu in a town called Waiahole. He grew up in a traditional "Hawaiian Country" style home (complete with corregated tin roof), which he and his family hand built. Professionally, Derrick worked in the Oahu nightclub scene for years, waiting tables and getting his first bartending gig at a place called Mango's. Derrick moved away from the Islands in 2000 to pursue opportunities in Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay. Pete was convinced Derrick would move back to the islands in a year, but now 10 years later he is still with Mandalay Bay, and has partnered with Pete and Bruce to open Pau Hana.
Bruce was raised in West Oahu. He Bartended in Waikiki nightclubs for several years before landing at Kapono's Nightclub, where he managed with his current co-owner Peter Duane for several years. After Peter moved away to mainland, Bruce stayed on at Kapono's for a couple more years before also making the move to Seattle. Bruce has worked at various Seattle nightclubs for 5+ years and is now living the dream of owning and operating his own venue.
Derrick, Pete and Bruce all currently live on the Mainland and are excited to bring a bit of Hawaii to Seattle. Their philosophy: Ono food, good times and great service with an atmosphere that's reminiscent of the Islands.