You’re on island time here, so kick back, relax, and enjoy all that Hawaii has to offer — cool ocean waters, lush jungles, friendly people and fresh tropical fruit. The locally grown fruits and vegetables are amazing on their own but blend them in the right combination and you may even consider an all-liquid diet. To help you out on your island fruit quest, we’ve compiled some of the best joints to get tasty smoothies and acai bowls.
But wait, there’s more. We’re here to help demystify some of the unusual words you might see on menus like furikake, laulau and lilikoi — and explain which meat is being served and why. And possibly most importantly of all, provide the fun facts on the origins of local dishes.
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Feature Photo: Wailua Shave Ice
Anakes Juice Bar
Fresh squeezed juices, smoothies and acai bowls are what they do here, and they do it quite well. Pineapple, mango, papaya and dragon fruit are some of the local fruits that may garnish your beautiful and tasty smoothie bowl. After a long day in the hot sun, a little afternoon pick me up is always a good idea, and their menu is full of all the refreshingly cold and fruity things you need. Anakes Juice Bar is open daily 8am to 2pm.
Hanalei Bread Company
Located in the heart of Hanalei, this locally owned and operated restaurant is an organic bakery and coffee house. There’s a delicious selection of breakfast bowls and smoothies on the menu. With inventive names like Monkey Juice and Super Dragon how can you not give them a taste? Here, breakfast is served all day for you to enjoy in their open air lanai. Hanalei Bread Company is open daily 7am to 12:30pm.
Kauai Juice Co
Kauai Juice Company is focused on serving the local community by using local farmers to source their ingredients in order to nourish their customers. There’s a grab and go deli with healthy grinds. They have a menu of special daily juices, so check ahead if you’re looking for something specific, but if you’re up for anything, stop by at one of their three locations. It’s all yummy; you really can’t go wrong at the Kauai Juice Co. Open daily 8am to 5:30pm.
Little Fish Coffee
If you’re looking for flavor first thing in the morning, these guys are serving up breakfast to keep you swimming all day. The Little Fish Coffee menu is a delightful spread of acai bowls, bagels, sandwiches, smoothies and coffee. The fruits and veggies are locally grown and the coffee is organic and fair-trade. What else does one really need before 11am? Open daily 7:30am to 1pm.
Wailua Shave Ice
Wailua Shave Ice is a laid-back food truck doesn’t have just shave ice — they also offer a long list of acai bowls and smoothies. There’s a nice outdoor seating area with picnic tables shaded by umbrellas. Aloha Friday is celebrated here with $7 açai bowls all day. Open daily 12pm to 8:30pm.
Wishing Well Shave Ice
You can’t miss this colorful food truck with the wooden roof. Wishing Well Shave Ice is scooping up locally sourced shave ice with sustainable business practices. They also offer a selection of refreshing açai bowls and toppings. If you have a serious craving for açai, order The Works! Open daily 9:30am to 5pm.