How to Transform from Professional to Pau Hana

Going from the boardroom to the bar can be tricky business. Here are simple tips to make your 9-to-5 dress code work after hours.

Name: Maya Rogers, CEO, Blue Planet Software Inc.
Suck ‘em down spots: At the office or The Pig and the Lady for cocktails.

Power Suit

Even CEOs got the memo that jumpsuits are the investment of the season. Dress them up with a stylish blouse or play them down with a fun tee.

  1. Swap out classic earrings for fun earrings that stand out
  2. Swap out dress shirt for fun tee
  3. Swap out work shoes for fun flats


Hair + Makeup Tips:
  • For short hair, go for the sleek look and gel everything back with a sculpting gel.
  • Add cat eyes to already existing makeup with easy-to-maneuver liquid eyeliners.

Pleats Please Issey Miyake jumpsuit, $610, Sundry Bon Jour T-shirt, $78, Rag & Bone Christie silk shirt, $395, Rebecca Minkoff leopard calf-hair slide, $158, Rebecca Minkoff Andree sandal, $165, Saks Fifth Avenue, International Marketplace, 600-2500. Bauble statement earrings, $68, Banana Republic, Kahala Mall, 737-4747. Auden Rainbow crystal earrings, $278, Neiman Marcus, Ala Moana Center, 951-8887.


Name: Kaipo Kaawaloa, Equity Specialist, Civil Rights Compliance Office
Suck ‘em down spots: Shirokiya and Moku Kitchen

Legally Fun

The jury’s in and the verdict is a win for swapping out that fall coat for a denim jacket when heading to happy hour.

  1. Remove trenchcoat and add denim jacket
  2. Swap out work bag for fun clutch


Hair + Makeup Tips:
  • For thick hair, add some oil after towel drying washed hair and let it dry. During the day, put it up in a bun so you get natural waves when you take it down for pau hana.
  • To add a quick pop of color to eyelids, crayon pencils are the new “it” makeup trend.

Akris shirt dress, $795, Lafayette 148 New York Laurel Rayna trenchcoat, $798, Neiman Marcus, Ala Moana Center, 951-8887. Frame vintage denim jacket, $330, Loewe Flamenco knot tote, $1,890, Nancy Gonzalez crocodile clutch, $2,150, Saks Fifth Avenue, International Marketplace, 600-2500.


Name: Jason Oliver, Attorney
Suck ‘em down spots: “Oceans? Is that still around? I do want to try Bar Leather Apron.”

Raising the Bar

Take a walk on the wild side with an aloha shirt that is suitable for court and puts the “pow” in pau hana.

  1. Remove blazer
  2. Untuck aloha shirt
  3. Cuff pants
  4. Swap dress shoes for loafers.


Hair + Makeup Tips:
  • Use a hair wax to refresh eight-hour hair. Start from the sides and run product through your hair. Don’t place directly on top; it’ll weigh
    hair down. 
  • Invest in a cleansing stick that can travel to work with you. It takes the place of facial bar soap, is spill proof and easy to throw in a bag.

Linen blazer, $324, Saks Fifth Avenue, International Market Place, 600-2500. Wela woven shirt, $108, Salvage Public, South Shore Market, 591-8411. Stretch chino, $68, J. Crew, Ala Moana Center, 949-5252.


Name: Momi Akimseu, President, Bank of Hawaii Foundation
Suck ‘em down spots: The Tchin Tchin Bar, Pitaya Thai Restaurant (“Love their rice salad!”) and Ichiriki Kaimuki.

Presidential Chic
  1. You can bank on the versatility of a white button-down shirt. It can travel from office to off duty with a little knotty help.
  2. Remove blazer
  3. Swap out simple necklace for multihued, trendy necklace
  4. Tie a knot on button-down shirt
  5. Swap out pants for jeans


Hair + Makeup Tips:
  • Toss your hair upside down and spray on a texturizing glossing spray to add volume and get that fresh-from-the-salon look. 
  • Throw on an unexpected pop of lip color. Most people go for a classic red but why not try a burnt orange for the fall.

Blazer, $158, Parker super stretch tunic, $68, Devon pants, $88, Skinny Zero Gravity jeans, $98, Pearl pave necklace, $68, Banana Republic, Kahala Mall, 737-4747. Sequin gemstone necklace, $325, Neiman Marcus, Ala Moana Center, 951-8887.

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