Java Kai, which opened in June on the ground floor of the
UB building, 1164 Bishop St., is the newest addition. It offers
a unique twist to the regular latte with a wide variety of
specialty drinks such as the “Shark Bite”: a rich,
creamy blend of espresso, half and half, and raspberry syrup,
topped with whip cream. The “tsunami” size (large)
comes with an extra fourth shot of espresso, a sure way for
anyone to add a much needed jolt to his or her day. Also on
the menu are lattes, chai’s, mochas made from a secret
recipe, smoothies, blended coffee drinks, Hawaiian drip coffee,
and fresh baked goods delivered daily from a local bakery.
Java Kai offers a 15-percent student discount and a frequent
buyer card that allows the customer to receive a free coffee
after purchasing ten. Jeff Mills,
owner of Java Kai, referring to the card, said he was “excited for the
students. Not only because it will be good for business but also because it will
create a great atmosphere. A good coffee house has people hanging out.”
Java Kai has inside and outside seating and plans to add Internet wireless connection
for its customers.
Students pressed for time who need to grab something quick,
should try the Bon
Bon Café, located in the entrance of the Blaisdell Hotel, 1154 Fort St.
On the way to the Sea Warrior Center, the bookstore, or even Kalamalama, Bon
Bon has many items to choose from—lattes, mochas, chai’s, or a fast
cup of plain old java, as well as a variety of snacks and bottled drinks—and
they are always served with a friendly smile. And its four tables on the Mall
offer students a chance to sit down, mingle with old friends, or perhaps meet
Bon Bon café offers no student discount but prices are reasonable.
Of course, no article on coffee can omit the green goddess,
Starbucks, at 1000 Bishop St. For those not familiar with
Starbucks—where have you been living?—beverages
include lattes, chais, mochas, frapocchinos (an iced blended coffee drink), espresso,
drip coffee, juices, and teas. A variety of pastries and sweets are sold and
seating is available inside or out.
Starbucks offers no student discounts and no frequent buyer
cards, and its prices keep rising, but its consistently
good coffee keeps people going back for more.
With so many places to choose from around the HPU campus,
students have many opportunities for good company, good
food, and a good cup of Joe.