Gallivant (article link)
“What do you get when you blend a serious dedication to crafting cocktails with a Tiki theme? Something along the lines of Hale Pele.”

Willamette Week, April 2013, 1st Runner Up Bar of the Year 2013
“Many of the drinks are layered with a dozen ingredients, preciously sourced and carefully measured, including exotic aged rums from around the world and carefully chosen fresh fruits. Each has a story behind it”

Serious Eats, March 2013 (article link)
“the almost maniacally tiki Hale Pele is owned by Blair Reynolds, a local tiki enthusiast and maker of small batch tropical drink syrups. From blowfish lanterns and flaming volcano bowls to hourly “tropical rainstorms”, this is the real deal.”

Eater, November 2012 (article link)
Named one of the best rum-centric bars in America.

Oregonian, October 2012 article link
” As the door to Hale Pele closes behind you, the fantasy of a bygone era is brought to life. Cross a lagoon into a bamboo-swathed world illuminated from above by pufferfish, with South Seas foliage and tiki figures menacingly standing sentry. Take a seat — all you need for the illusion to be complete is a Leilani Volcano set in front of you.”

Willamette Week, October 2012 article link
“Some of the most dedicated mixologists may also be wearing garish hibiscus shirts and garnishing their masterpieces with tiny paper umbrellas.”

Portland Tribune, October 2012 (article link)
“Hale Pele is a study in kitsch, a cluttered den of colored lights and South Seas nostalgia.”

Thrillist, September 2012 (video link)
– “A tiki masterpiece for drinking like you’re on vacation all year”

Eater, August 2012 (photo link)
– “a space packed with tiki details”

Sunset Magazine, June 2012 (online)
– “Keep an eye out for the fall 2012 opening of Hale Pele, a new bar from serious tiki geek Blair Reynolds.”