Farm Fresh, Island Style Dining
The world is focusing more than ever on using local fresh-picked produce, maintainable fishing practices, and earth friendly/chemical free food production. This “new approach” is known as sustainable food sourcing. But to Hawaii, this is nothing new. It is as ancient as our land itself, and we call it ahupuaˋa – a system that recognizes that our food sources and our bodies should be nurtured, respected and cherished. Pounders Restaurant honors this tradition with pasture-raised meats, beautiful fish from our local ocean waters, local produce raised in the hot island sun and an emphasis on natural ingredients, served with aloha. This is our gift to Papa and Wakea, our Mother Earth and Father Sky and to you, our Ohana.Make a Reservation
President Galeai, Executive Chef
President Tafilisaunoa Galea’i, rang in 2020 with a big announcement. He is the new Pounders Restaurant Executive Chef! He is excited to bring his 20+ years’ experience in the food industry to this popular Hukilau Marketplace eating spot. Chef Prez Galea’i savory palate comes from a culinary foundation of the wonderful island flavors, the genuine Polynesian traditions and the diverse melting pot of our beautiful Hawaii. His first job at the Polynesian Cultural Center was while he was attending Kahuku High School. He started as a dishwasher and has worked diligently and thoughtfully up the ranks. His experience within each section of food service provides him with a deep understanding of what makes, or breaks a restaurant. He and his wife, Kaonoulu lives in Laie and have two sons and one daughter.
Dede Alo, General Manager
Dede Alo was born and raised in California before she came to Laie to attend college. She and her husband are parents to 5 and grandparents to 15, and live in Hauula. Her career has taken her throughout the Continental United States and the Pacific Rim organizing various social and political events which have included senators, congressman, governors and even a US President. Following the announcement of her promotion to the position of General Manager at Pounders, Dede wanted to share how excited she is for this opportunity. “There were many of my ancestors that took a part in building the Polynesian Cultural Center vision. For me, it’s carrying on the traditions, the legends and the legacies of my ancestors.” “So that’s my dream stepping into the shoes of a general manager”, she continued. “There is so much to learn to keep the business running. I’m willing to learn it all, because of the accountability to my ancestors.”