The Dog and Duck Maui Origin Story
In their formative years, Mick Ryan and Chris Turquet were inseparable companions, attending the prestigious St. Helier Boys School on the serene island of Jersey in the English Channel. Their young minds, filled with dreams and ambitions, were as eager as they were at eleven years old.
The globe became their playground as they set out on myriad adventures, chasing the sun across continents, each new location offering an exciting canvas for work and life. Their journey eventually led them to the shimmering city of Los Angeles, where their paths momentarily diverged. Mick was lured by the tropical allure of Hawaii, while Chris was anchored in California by the bonds of matrimony.
In Maui, Mick showcased his architectural prowess by erecting the Kihei Movie Theaters in 1993, a feat that etched his name in the annals of the island’s history. As fate would have it, Mick and Chris found their paths intertwining again in the lush greenery of Kauai, Hawaii. There, they collaborated on a project of substantial magnitude, constructing the luxurious condominiums at Whalers Cove. Their professional synergy was undeniable and led to another joint venture – the construction of the movie theater at Queen Kaahumanu.
Their partnership was not merely restricted to their professional lives; they shared a deep, personal bond that only strengthened over the years. Gratitude was a constant in their relationship; they cherished the rare gift of not just being business partners, but amazing friends whose bond had stood the test of time.
It was during this era that Mick purchased a property at 106 Keala Pl. A humorous anecdote from the final walk-through of the house has Mick expressing concern over potential lawsuits from falling coconuts. He then noticed a duck, whom he was surprised to learn was now part of the property deal. The tenants affectionately named the duck ‘Pato’, a name that would eventually hold legendary significance.
The dynamic between Pato and a pitbull, brought by a friend to Mick’s property, was a spectacle to behold. Pato, the mischievous thief, would often steal the pit bull’s food, leading to playful scuffles in the yard. This unusual camaraderie caught the attention of Tony, a Liverpool native nursing a heartbreak under Mick’s roof. Tony’s daily repetition of “Mick, Mick, how’s the dog and duck,” ended up inspiring the name of Mick and Chris’ future venture.
In 2007, Mick proceeded to make plans to open the bar. He asked Chris to be his business partner on the bar, to which Chris initially replied, “f*$% off”. However, he soon came to his senses, and Chris and Mick embarked on this new adventure. A testament to their enduring friendship and professional relationship, they named it “The Dog and Duck.”
To this day, the patrons of the bar are greeted by a picture of the legendary Pato, forever immortalized on the wall.