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After spending an abundant amount of time in Kailua-Kona this year, I’ve compiled quite the list of irresistible places to nourish the body, mind, and soul. This is my second post with 8 awesome finds for your time in Kailua-Kona. You can read my first post on Mind & Body Nourishment in Kailua-Kona for 10 more great recommendations on the beautiful island of Hawaii.
One of the things I learned while spending time in Hawaii was the deeper meaning of “aloha”. Aloha, while often used as a greeting, is also a way of expressing love and for the Hawaiian’s, it describes a way of living. An early teaching of the meaning of “aloha” says:
“Aloha is being a part of all, and all being a part of me. When there is pain – it is my pain. When there is joy – it is also mine. I respect all that is as part of the Creator and part of me. I will not willfully harm anyone or anything. When food is needed I will take only my need and explain why it is being taken. The earth, the sky, the sea are mine to care for, to cherish and to protect. This is Hawaiian – this is Aloha!”
I LOVE THIS!
Whether it is your first time or you are a Big Island local, consider this meaning of aloha while you are spending time in Kailua-Kona. Take the time to nourish those around you, including Mother Earth, just as you nourish yourself in “aloha”!
San Francisco Bay Coffee Co.
75-5744 Ali’i Dr. #102, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
I spent a number of hours in this café, working and enjoying fantastic coffee! Their space here is large and comfortable, with plenty of seating space to cozy up and get work done or chill out with friends. In addition to the large selection of coffee, they have a long list of teas, juices, smoothies, and acai bowls. Aside from not having a view of the ocean, the atmosphere was really unbeatable in my opinion. A few bonuses: they have macadamia nut milk for your coffee and they are willing to basically customize your acai bowl to your preference (as long as what you want is on their menu, of course).
Evolution Bakery & Cafe
75-5813 Ali’i Dr, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
This little spot quickly became another favorite of mine for pretty much one reason: Green Flash smoothie! It’s not a large space but there is plenty of outdoor seating and I was able to get loads of work done here. They have a good-sized selection of baked goods that are gluten-free and dairy-free. I highly recommend the date bar! They also have a few games for those who don’t go to cafés to work, ha! They are a 100% plant-based cafe and strive to use as much local and organic produce as possible. Their menu includes a number of breakfast items, in addition to their fresh-pressed juices, smoothies, pastries and of course, Kona coffee.
Laulima Food Patch
75-1027 Henry St #102B, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
I came across Laulima Food Patch thanks to a friend bringing me here for lunch and I was so pleasantly surprised! Laulima’s dedicated to sourcing local ingredients from the Big Island and they make everything from scratch in-house. They are onboard with the philosophy that what we eat greatly impacts our health. It is truly so exciting to find places like this when I travel! I was inspired by their ingredient combinations and preparations, too. Have you ever had pickled raisins? Well thanks to Laulima, I can now say that I have and they are delicious! Their menu consists of bowls with either brown rice, rice noodles, or greens as a base. You can build your own or pick one of their creative concoctions! They also have a few sandwiches, tea, coffee, and Big Island Booch kombucha.
Kona Town Market
75-5909 Walua Road, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
I was super excited to find this “corner store” right on the edge of downtown! Don’t be fooled by the exterior or the size, this place is loaded with all those great real food finds! They’ve got everything from coconut oil to kombucha to freshly-prepared food items. I met the owner, Nathan, while I was shopping and he was so kind and helpful as I perused the store. They stock a number of local brands so it’s a great place to purchase those last-minute food souvenirs from the Big Island or stock up on snacks for traveling.
Daylight Mind Coffee Co.
75-5770 Ali’i Dr, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
When it comes to location, Daylight Mind Coffee Co. on the Waterfront Row is pretty much impossible to beat! Right on the water, this café and restaurant have two levels and plenty of space. Whether you are just looking for a cup of coffee and a place to work or a full-service restaurant, you’ll find what you need here. And again, you cannot beat the view! I loved hanging out upstairs (where there is also a full-service bar), sipping my coffee, and working. It was a challenge not be too distracted by the picturesque views laid out before me. I didn’t actually eat at the restaurant, but their menu looked very appealing.
Barefoot Zone in Kona
75-5729 Ali’i Dr, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
This was a funky little find that I stumbled upon thanks to Yelp. I highly recommend using Yelp when traveling and plugging in key phrases like “gluten-free”, “paleo”, or what suits your specific needs. It’s a great way to find places that might not be as popular or well-advertised. Barefoot Zone specializes in 100% gluten-free crêpes and açai bowls. They are a very small shop and everything’s made to order, so expect to wait, especially during peak hours. But their bowls and crêpes are fantastic! They do serve dairy here, so be sure to specify if you don’t want dairy in your item.
79-7300 Mamalahoa Hwy, Kawanui, HI 96750
Kaya’s is a fantastic café right along the highway making it a perfect place to stop as you are coming or going south of Kona. Like on your way to Captain Cook! It’s a super cozy place offering your basic café items that are elevated with healthier food swaps. They offer free wi-fi and have lots of fun little things for sale throughout the space. They serve organic food with lots of gluten-free options, vegan options, 100% Kona coffee, teas, and smoothies. It was such a great find and I wished I could have made it back to visit again!
Kahalu’u Bay Surf & Sea
78-6685 Ali’i Dr., Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
If surf lessons are on your bucket list then I highly recommend checking out Kahalu’u Bay Surf & Sea. I came here for a group surf lesson and can’t believe how much fun I had! The staff and teachers were very friendly and helpful. They provide you with all of the gear that you need, minus your swimsuit and sunscreen (don’t forget the backs of your calves!). They take you out in the bay and start you off in a beginner-friendly area. The teachers help each person one at a time, which is nice because you can ask questions and get some actual feedback on how to improve. As you feel comfortable they move you out to some larger waves.
I can’t tell you how empowering it feels to learn something new and conquer a physical feat like this! It’s the best kind of exhaustion there is! They also offer plenty of different rental options: SUP, surf, kayaks, and snorkeling gear. If you aren’t totally depleted after your lesson, the Kahalu’u Bay is known for its awesome snorkeling and reef life!
Stay tuned… there just might be a third post for Kailua-Kona in the future!
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