Keeping It ‘Kool’

A La Carte Columns

November 22, 2015

Story By: Abby Sadoy |

Da Big Kine Bowl ($12). Photo courtesy of Polynesian Cultural Center

Da Big Kine Bowl ($12). Photo courtesy of Polynesian Cultural Center

Everyone can agree that it’s hard to ignore the picturesque North Shore scenery. What better way to experience it first-hand than eating a refreshing dish from an eatery just as memorable?

Make your way to Kawika’s Kooler, where an invigorating menu has smoothies, tropical juices, Koolers (“mocktails”) and acai bowls. The family business was named after the late father of a nearby Hauula ohana who drove tour buses to Polynesian Cultural Center.

As owner Mahea Keo explains, “Our products speak for themselves, but what you can’t buy is authentic, genuine aloha, and that is what we are all about.”


Take some sweet minutes out of your day so you can enjoy Kawika’s Kooler’s most popular specialty, Da Big Kine Bowl ($12). The acai smoothie is served in a 32-ounce bowl and topped with fresh fruit, granola and a honey drizzle. “The most common thing said is, ‘I’m not going to be able to finish that,’ and then 10 minutes later, the bowl is empty and we have one more satisfied customer,” says Keo. Military and kamaaina discounts also are available.

Kawika’s Kooler

Polynesian Cultural Center,
55-370 Kamehameha Hwy., Laie
Monday-Saturday, 11a.m.-9:30 p.m.

Laie, HI 96762

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