A new business is opening up in the Kinipopo Shopping Village - in the space formerly occupied by the Tin Can Mailman, along Papaloa Road, just off Kuhio Hwy in Wailua.
It's a new cookie, pastry and pizza shop called "Kauai Ono Kuki Company" and from what I've tasted so far, it should be a success. The phone number for the place, if you have a hard time finding it, is 808-651-2663.
The owner, Michael Sterioff, is not only a baker, but also a photographer, so the walls inside the roomy dining area is decorated with giclees and prints of his photographs. The photos and the friendly atmosphere give it a real "Kauai" feel. Since it's "soft opening" last week, I've been in three times. I love the "croisscones" which are a cross between a croissant and a scone. Each day another savory or sweet flavor appears. Very tasty! I've found a new "coffee break" place. I haven't tried the pizzas yet, but will do that one of these nights.
Hours right now are 6am - 2pm and then 5pm-9pm. So, that hits the breakfast, lunch and dinner diners. To get a sneak preview, before the grand opening, check it out. Parking is either along the street or better yet in the lot for Kinipopo Shopping Village. If you are staying in one of the condos along Papaloa Road (Wailua Bay View, Hale Awapuhi, Lanikai, Lae Nani, etc.) it's a handy place to grab a cup of coffee or soda and a tasty treat.
For those not familiar with this little group of shops, Kinipopo is in the Wailua area, south of Kapaa, home to Monico's Tacqueria, Icing on the Cake, Kintaro's, the Kauai Waterski and Surf shop and other little shops.