The Okina Cafe is the perfect example of when a real passion for food and friendly customer service are at its best. I have tried food from all over the island of Oahu and from all over the world for that matter and I can say Okina Cafe with Danny and Donna at the helm have a very bright future ahead of them. The quality of their food is second to none and they show their customers true Aloha while serving them. I have rarely seen a business that operates at this level so early in its tenure.
For some perspective, of the 8 food trucks parked in the Giovanni’s Food Truck Lot in Haleiwa, Okina Cafe may just be the best food truck in the area for overall quality of food and service and that’s saying something. There are some very good food trucks in the area, including Dat Cajun Guy and of course Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck. For those that don’t know, Dat Cajun Guy’s Yelp reviews has 96% of their rating at 4 or 5 stars. Okina Cafe, in its short tenure, has already earned 28 reviews on Yelp with 27 of them being 4 and 5 star ratings and only one 3 star rating. That is pretty impressive for only being in business for just a few months.
The menu at Okina Cafe features fresh Ahi Poke bowls and Acai bowls for only $10. They also have a wide variety of drinks from iced teas to lemonade to smoothies and of course fresh young coconuts.
Danny said he’d personally recommend trying the sweet and spicy Poke bowl so that was the one I ordered. Normally, I tend to like the more traditional spicy ahi poke bowls so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised. It was one of the best ahi bowls I have ever had on the island.
First off, I have tried some of the best ahi on Oahu, including Ono Seafood in Honolulu. The quality of Okina Cafe’s ahi was just as good if not better than any I have had on the island. There was not a single chunk of ahi that was tough, chewy or stringy. Each piece had perfect texture and taste. The sweet and spicy seasoning is unique to Okina Cafe and is the first I’ve tasted of this flavor profile.
The Okina Cafe also serves its poke bowls shoyu style, mama spicy and wasabi hot. I am not sure if I would want to go too spicy but I am curious as to how the other bowls would taste. These poke bowls come with Jasmine rice, roasted seaweed, fried wontons and onions.
After enjoying my sweet and spicy ahi bowl, it was time for dessert. I had to try the Acai bowl and this particular one came with bananas, blueberries, strawberries and granola along with a nice drizzle of honey. What makes the acai bowl at Okina Cafe taste so good is that they don’t dilute the acai itself with ice. You are getting 100% acai with all its flavor and not some diluted mixed blend of ice to add volume. The fruit that came with the bowl was all very fresh and ripe. Some places charge you extra for some of the fruits like the strawberries or blueberries. Okina Cafe gives you all three, with every bowl. Their acai bowl is so good, when I visited them a few weeks later, I couldn’t pass it up and ordered it again.
Now to their beverages. Danny recommended the Haleiwa smoothie that comes with pineapple, mango, peach and strawberry. This is a decent size smoothie which you can get with boba (Tapioca pearls) if you’d like. There is a reason this is the number one selling drink at the Okina Cafe. It is very refreshing and to me, the peach is what really makes this drink stand out. You can get pineapple and strawberry pretty much everywhere but peach is something you don’t see very often. I also had one of their young coconuts as well as their coconut water. All three beverages were very, very good. Danny even cut the coconut open after I was done with it so I could enjoy eating the coconut meat. It was excellent.
Overall, I couldn’t have been happier than I was with the food and service from Okina Cafe. Danny and Donna really have a good thing going and if they keep providing food and drinks of this quality along with their friendly, professional service, Okina Cafe may end up being one of the more popular food trucks on the island. It is that good. Don’t take my word for it, read the other reviews and you will see Okina Cafe is definitely worth a visit.
If you would like to visit Okina Cafe, they are open from 10:30pm to 5:00pm, seven days a week.
Here are some photos from my visit to Okina Cafe
Map to Okina Cafe