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Java Kai

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4-1384 Kuhio Hwy # 105, Kapaa, Kauai, HI 96746-1675
+1 808-823-6887
6:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 7:00 pm
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25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Love this place! It's a frequent stop for us in Kapaa. I used to love the Dragon Bowl but last time it wasn't great - too icy (it used to be smooth and creamy).

Thank Maud W
Sydney, Australia
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53 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was one of the rare places in Hawaii where we found actual good coffee (by Australian standards). Aside from that, there was a really nice, fresh menu. My favourite was the acai bowl, which made a really nice breakfast. A local favourite as well, where locals aren't afraid to strike up conversation. Would definitely recommend.

1 Thank Ph0ebeBE
Seattle, Washington
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We LOVED the bagel and lox and the "feta mo betta" bagel! Fresh ingredients, quality preparation, and some really cool local art to admire and purchase. Been coming to Kauai for 20 years and just discovered Java Kai. Looking forward to coming back again.

Thank AWM85
Kapaa, Hawaii
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Java Kai has great coffee and scoobie snacks! I would rate this higher if it weren't so expensive! But if you dont mind paying a little more, then you will love their brekkies and java. As they say, you get what you pay for and that is true at Java Kai!

Thank barefootnative2
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I class this to be a 'downunder' style cafe similar to those in Australia and NZ. Good selection of espresso coffees and healthful small food options. Long queues but fairly fast service. Kept me caffeinated after a few weeks in the islands!

Thank Catherine M
Santa Rosa, California
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were staying at a hotel within walking distance of downtown Kapaa so came to Java Kai multiple times during our stay (we wanted to try out more places but couldn't choose anywhere else after going here!) The waffle especially was amazing! The coffee was good too but we absolutely loved all the food we tried.

Thank lauren579
Corbin, Kentucky
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was our favorite spot for coffee while staying in Kauai. We also shared a Pork Breakfast Burrito one morning it was very fresh and tasty! Would definitely recommend this place!

Thank whitneyfox86
South Jordan, Utah
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99 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went here for breakfast, both my wife and I had the waffle. It was ok. It was nice that it was open at 6:00 am as it was our first morning on the island and our bodies hadn't acclimated to the time change. Didn't try the coffee, but the staff was very friendly and helpful. Just wasn't a fan of... More 

1 Thank Curtis O
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4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Delicious! I loved my Blue Hawaiian smoothie and my husband loved his flashbrew! There are a lot of little shops around here too that are fun!

Thank Becca W
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25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Funky locals and bland tourists alike flock to this place for good coffee and great breakfast food. Though expensive (as all food in Kauai seems to be) it is tasty and fulfilling. We had the breakfast burrito on multiple occasions but my favorite was the surfer girl breakfast bagel. The bagels melt in your mouth and the muffins are pretty... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$5 - $10
American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
6:00 am - 7:00 pm
6:00 am - 7:00 pm
6:00 am - 7:00 pm
6:00 am - 7:00 pm
6:00 am - 7:00 pm
6:00 am - 7:00 pm
6:00 am - 7:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4-1384 Kuhio Hwy # 105, Kapaa, Kauai, HI 96746-1675
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Kauai  >  Kapaa
  • Phone Number: +1 808-823-6887

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?