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Java Kai

Hanelei Kauai, Hanalei, Kauai, HI
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Ranked #7 of 35 restaurants in Hanalei
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Coffee Shop
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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88% Recommend
Rating summary
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  • English first
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English first
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We had coffee and breakfast here frequently -- as you can imagine, coffee was incredible, and the breakfast was reasonable and yummy. Right on the main drag in Kapaa.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014 via mobile

My husband was craving a sweet blended coffee when we were in Hanalei. I went in here to grab one for him. Inside was super crowded and hot, I could hardly breathe because there was no air circulation. I ordered a large coffee for $6.75 (ouch!). Walked out on patio to wait and cool off. The patio was packed with... More

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Upstate New York
19 reviews 19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

This is a nice little coffee shop on the east coast of Kauai. My husband thought his coffee was good (not great), but the iced coffee was delicious and they made it with coffee ice cubes so that as the cubes melted, the coffee was not diluted. Nice relaxed, friendly atmosphere. A good place to stop after a kayaking or... More

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Santa Barbara, CA
17 reviews 17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

Super cute little coffee shop in Hanalei. Great cup of a coffee.. I think they forgot about me because 20 minutes for a breakfast burrito was a little much. Fresh fruit was excellent but the burrito was just mediocre..next time I'll go for the macadamia pancakes.

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Bloomington, Indiana
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31 reviews 31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

This is definitely the best coffee on the island and their cinnamon rolls are to die for. Very friendly staff and they are quick!

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Townsville, Australia
20 reviews 20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

Best smoothies of the whole vacation! We stopped in after hiking the Kalalau Trail and eating camping food for 3 days. Our feet were tired, we were dirty, but that didn't matter! It probably made the smoothies taste even better. We were staying in Poipu, but drove back another day just to have another one a week later. (Wired Monkey... More

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Nelson, Canada
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

busy coffee/breakfast place. there was always a line up, but they keep the line moving and it doesn't take too long. The seating is out on the porch with great people watching and cool breezes. The breakfast was delicious and ready fast.

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St. Catharines, Canada
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86 reviews 86 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

Although there's a line out the door for breakfast, the line moves quickly and is worth the wait. We had the Kauai waffles, thick and delicious, topped with bananas, papaya and whipped cream. Lattes completed the picture. It was a rainy day, so sitting on the wrap around veranda with a good meal and cup of coffee was a nice... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014 via mobile

Huevos rancheros were great and liked the spicy chai latte. Breakfast sandwich and burrito just ok. Nice place to pick up food to bring to beach or sit outside on tables and enjoy.

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Carleton Place
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114 reviews 114 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

Great hot coffee...excellent baking with vegan options, smoothies, teas....the hibiscus ice tea was so good...sandwiches and friendly...lots of people to watch. But always busy and lined up do not for harried, stressed people ( but come on you are in Kauai). We go every year....mahalo!

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