Bruno Mars was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. His parents are of Puerto Rican and Filipino descent. He was given the nickname 'Bruno' as a child, after the wrestler Bruno Sammartino. Mars was one of six children and his family was a musical one. As a result, he grew up with a variety of music, such as Elvis Presley, The Isley Brothers and Michael Jackson.
At the age of four, Mars began performing five days a week with his family's band, The Love Notes and became known in Hawaii for his impersonation of Elvis Presley. In 1990, Mars was featured in the Hawaiian tabloid shopper MidWeek as "Little Elvis", and later appeared in a cameo role in the film Honeymoon in Vegas (1992), and performed in the halftime show of the 1990 Aloha Bowl. When Mars was 12 years old, his parents divorced, thus ending The Love Notes act and consequently a steady source of income. He moved out of their parent's house along with his brother and father. They lived in the back of a car, on rooftops, and in an abandoned bird zoo, Paradise Park, where Mars' father worked before it closed.