The Oahu-based grandson of the founders of the Big Island’s Holy’s Bakery, along with his own family, plans to open a pie shop called Hawaiian Pie Co. in Honolulu’s Kalihi neighborhood.
Joel and Jan Hori and their children are opening the pie shop in a 2,500-square-foot space at 508 Waiakamilo Road, between Saveco and Underdogs Sports Bar and Grill.
Joel Hori is the grandson of Yoshio and Miyako Hori, who founded Holy’s Bakery in Kapaau in the 1930s. In 1979, Joel Hori and his parents opened Holy’s Bakery – Manoa.
The Manoa bakery closed in the 1990s when Joel Hori took a job with the Federal Aviation Administration. He has now retired, and he, his wife and three children, Matthew, Lindsey and Andrew Chun-Hori, are opening the new venture. Jan Hori is also an event specialist and founder of Isle Concierge.
The Horis had been searching for a suitable space for more than two years, Jan Hori said.
“Our three kids have grown into adults who want to carry on this family legacy in Honolulu,” Jan Hori said. “We’re coming into the marketplace at a good time, as we’ve seen more retailers looking to carry products made from scratch.”
The pies, which will come in a variety of fruit and other flavors, will be frozen and ready to bake. Jan Hori said that in the 1980s, Holy’s Bakery – Manoa sold up to 4,000 pies a week.
“We’re looking at similar numbers with the interest we’ve received for our new line of pies,” she said.