Kahuku Farms is a place I have wanted to stop by on many occasions, however, every time I drove by, it seemed like it was always around 4:00pm and they were going to be closing soon. Which is why I finally made it a point to stop by Kahuku Farms and Cafe around noon to make sure I would be able to see all they had to offer.
Even though this appears to be like other food stands or food trucks on the island, Kahuku Farms and Cafe is actually more of a farm with a cafe. Informational posts are spread throughout the cafe to help promote the farm and educate people on local fruits and vegetables. They also offer two tours of their establishment. A Grand tour, which is from Friday through Sunday at 2pm and a Smoothie tour from Wednesday through Monday at 1pm. We’ll get to their tours a little bit later.
Now, let’s talk about their food. The menu at Kahuku Farms and Cafe mostly consists of iced drinks, smoothies, coffees and other farm goodies. They do also offer three main dishes: 1. Grilled veggie salad with house lilikoi balsamic dressing, 2. Grilled veggie panini sandwich (half order with side salad available for this option) and 3. Farm pizza with side salad. The prices on the menu are actually pretty reasonable. The drinks range from $2.00 for hot coffee up to $4.75 for smoothies. The meals range from $7.75 for half a Panini with side salad up to $9.50 for the Grilled Veggie Panini Sandwich.
Though all three dishes sounded appealing, I love a good Panini. So I had to try that one even though I am not a vegan or vegetarian. Don’t get me wrong, I like eating my vegetables but I also like a good cut of meat on my Panini as well, especially when it’s going to cost almost $10 for it. I am glad I tried it because Kahuku Farms and Cafe really shined with the cooking of their eggplant. No bitter taste at all. The eggplant, bell pepper and zucchini were all seasoned and grilled to perfection.
Even as good as the Panini was, it doesn’t hold a candle to the Grilled Banana Bread. It was suggested to me by one of the local tour guides who was there when I was placing my order. The tour guide made it seem like she was getting into a 12-step program to stop eating it because it was that good. Needless to say, I tried it and she was right. This was a very good dish. Even as I sit here writing about it, over a week later, I am sensing a little craving for it. Thankfully, it is clear across the island from me, which helps to resist the urge….for now.
Of course you can’t leave out the beverage. I tried the plantation with lilikoi and a scoop of sorbet for $1.25 more. It also comes with a little fresh mint leaves for some extra flavor. On this hot and sunny day, this drink did not last long and it really hit the spot.
As I mentioned above, Kahuku Farms and Cafe offers two types of tours. The grand tour, which takes about an hour, costs $22 for adults and $15 for children between the ages of 5 to 12, kids 4 and under are free. During this tour, you will get to sample the farm fruits. The Smoothie tour, which takes about half an hour, costs $12 for adults and $10 for children between the ages of 5 to 12, kids 4 and under are free. A complimentary fresh fruit papaya smoothie is provided with this tour.
Overall, I wasn’t sure what to expect from Kahuku Farms and Cafe but after finally being able to visit there, I am very happy I stopped by. In my opinion, this is one of the best places to stop by if you are hungry. The food is very good and the atmosphere is also very enjoyable.
Kahuku Farms sits on 125 acres of land, 5 of which is dedicated to the public for the tours and the cafe. If you are interested in learning more about what they do and what they’re all about, give them a visit and take one of their tours.
There is no question, I will be coming back for their Grilled Veggie Panini as well as their Grilled Banana Bread. This is one of the few places I have reviewed where I will make it a point to have the same thing again instead of ordering something different. It was that good!
If you would like to visit Kahuku Farms and Cafe, their hours operation are from 11:00am to 4:00pm, six days a week (closed on Tuesdays). I am not sure if the tour times above are set in stone so just in case they are liable to change, it is best to still give them a quick call to make sure the tour times have not changed since this article was published. Kahuku Farms and Cafe can be reached at 808-628-0639.
Here are some photos from my visit to Kahuku Farms
Map to Kahuku Farms