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Thought you couldn’t get a good flat white in Hawaii? You can, and here’s where
Hawaii is blessed with mineral-rich volcanic soil and a perfect climate for growing coffee plants. It’s the only US state to grow coffee commercially and is world-famous for Kona coffee, made from coffee beans cultivated in the Kona region of the island of Hawaii (also known as the Big Island).
It’s no secret that Australians love good coffee, especially espressobased beverages. Americans on the other hand typically enjoy drip brewed coffee. This can pose a challenge for Aussie visitors to Hawaii who seek out their familiar flat whites, cappuccinos and lattes.
Don’t be fooled; incredible coffee exists in Hawaii but you need to know where to find it. Resort areas such as Waikiki offer specialty coffee shops and many will make a flat white.
OLIVE & OLIVER 412 LEWERS ST, HONOLULU
Olive & Oliver is a welcoming boutique and espresso bar at The Surfjack Hotel + Swim Club. It’s the perfect place to get a caffeine hit in a stylish art-infused coffee cup. Caffe Vita from Portland, Washington, supplies the coffee beans and while there’s no flat white on the menu, they do make a mean cappuccino, latte and cold brew.
Visitors can peruse the on-site apparel shop while they sip. It’s filled with local designer brands and trendy clothing and accessories reflective of Hawaii’s beach culture. OLIVEANDOLIVERHAWAII.COM
ARS CAFE GALLERY 3116 MONSARRAT AVE, HONOLULU
ARS Cafe Gallery is an artisan coffee experience in Diamond Head, a short walk from Waikiki en route to Diamond Head crater. It’s small and sophisticated, a space that celebrates ars (meaning art, skill and craft) through an ever-changing in-house art show featuring artists and their creative works. They serve highquality espressos and drip brew coffee using local and world roasts. Australians will appreciate the menu featuring loaded toasts, banana bread and homemade gelato. ARS-CAFE.COM
GORILLA IN THE CAFE HONOLULU 2155 KALAKAUA AVE, HONOLULU
Gorilla in the Cafe Honolulu is a gourmet coffeehouse with outdoor seating at the west end of Waikiki’s main thoroughfare, Kalakaua Ave. It was opened by the South Korean actor and restaurateur Bae Yong Joon after being inspired by his visit to the Kona coffee farms of Hawaii Island. This cafe uses 100 per cent Hawaiian coffee beans sourced from Hawaii’s award-winning coffee producers and offers a range of brewed, specialty and espresso drinks. The Gorilla Frappe is a favourite among patrons; it’s a frozen mocha with a whole fresh banana blended in it.
KAI COFFEE HAWAII 2424 KALAKAUA AVE, HONOLULU
Kai Coffee Hawaii is tucked away in the atrium of the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa. It’s a locally owned and operated family business that serves artisan roasted Hawaiian coffee using beans grown in Kona’s volcanic soil, on hills that slope towards the kai (meaning sea). Macadamia nut milk is available. Sample it in an iced or hot Kai Latte. KAICOFFEEHAWAII.COM
ISLAND VINTAGE COFFEE 2301 KALAKAUA AVE #C215, HONOLULU
Island Vintage Coffee is a well-known Hawaiian coffee chain with a store in the heart of Waikiki, on the second floor of the Royal Hawaiian Center. Their satisfying brew is grown on the upper slopes of the Kona district on the island of Hawaii. Early risers can sample their famed acai bowls, a breakfast item consisting of acai puree, granola, fresh fruit and honey. ISLANDVINTAGECOFFEE.COM
HONOLULU COFFEE 2365 KALAKAUA AVE, HONOLULU
Honolulu Coffee is a famous Hawaiian coffee chain serving “farmcoffee to-cup” coffee. Find it in multiple locations around Oahu including the entry of the Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa. Always buzzing, this coffee shop is busy but efficient. It features coffee beans grown on their prized Kona coffee farm on the slopes of Mauna Loa volcano on Hawaii Island. Take the coffee “to-go” and drink it in a nearby rocking chair or under the beachside banyan tree. HONOLULUCOFFEE.COM
ALOHA COFFEE COMPANY 120 KAIULANI AVE, HONOLULU
Aloha Coffee Company serves highgrade Kona coffee from a small cart near the pool at the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani Hotel. It’s a quick and easy caffeine stop in central Waikiki. The is produced with fresh coffee beans; sourced from the Big Island and roasted weekly to ensure superb flavour. They also stock Instapressed raw juices. While waiting on an order, visitors can inspect other carts in the area that offer trinkets and souvenirs. ALOHACOFFEECO.COM
BILLS HAWAII 280 BEACH WALK, HONOLULU
Bills Hawaii is a modern eatery on Waikiki’s Beach Walk created by Australia’s own celeb chef Bill Granger. It’s highly regarded for great coffee, including the classic flat white, made from an organic blend by Stumptown Coffee Roasters based in Portland, Oregon. Bills coffee is best enjoyed over a dine-in breakfast of signature ricotta hotcakes with banana and honeycomb butter or the “full Aussie” served with thick Australian-style bacon. BILLSHAWAII.COM
KONA COFFEE PURVEYORS 2330 KALAKAUA AVE, SPACE 160, INTERNATIONAL MARKET PLACE, HONOLULU
Kona Coffee Purveyors, in partnership with San Francisco’s b. patisserie, recently opened a coffee and pastry hot spot at the Kuhio St entrance to the International Market Place. It’s one of 75 stores in the new and improved shopping complex and the perfect place to pause during a day of retail therapy. Wash down Parisian and Viennese-style pastries with a cup of artisan-roasted coffee made from fine high-elevation, single-estate Kona coffee beans. KONACOFFEEPURVEYORS.COM
Take a break from the Hawaiian surf to sample a top brew at a specialty coffee shop.
Take a break from the beach to sample a top brew at Gorilla in the Cafe.