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Roots Alchemy

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Roots Alchemy – Serving Handcrafted Elixirs, Energizing Snacks, and More in Hawi
Local Expert's Rating:
5.0 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Whenever your travels land you in Hawi, jet on over to Roots Alchemy to rejuvenate your mind, body, and spirit. Just one taste of their handcrafted elixirs and energizing snacks will have you feeling your best in an instant. Their friendly service is second to none, too, since they always put their bright aloha spirit into all they do.

- The HawaiianIslands.com Local Expert Team

Whenever you need a midday pick-me-up, head to Downtown Hawi and let Roots Alchemy work their magic. All their handcrafted elixirs, energizing snacks, and other menu items promise to leave you feeling revitalized with the quickness. Their quality service will have you feeling right at home, too, ensuring you walk away feeling your best after every visit.

As a vegetarian- and vegan-friendly favorite, this eatery goes all out in handcrafting artisan goods you can feel great about enjoying. Their items skip meat or other animal products in favor of more sustainable and environmentally friendly ingredients. You can count on them only using organic, non-GMO fare in all they make. Then, they go above and beyond in trying to source all their ingredients from local suppliers to minimize their impact on the Earth even more. Although that’s not always possible, they do what they can to make it happen.

Since they only use the freshest local ingredients, their menu changes seasonally if not more often. So, it’s best to come through the doors with an open mind. That way, you can get recommendations and fully enjoy whatever they have to offer at that time. Their crew is always happy to help narrow down their selections based on your tastes to ensure you have the best possible dining experience every time.

In addition to all their great food, this eatery often welcomes local musicians to come to play for their crowds. Plus, they host open mic nights on the regular to let new performers show off their talents onstage. At each performance, they serve a vegan dinner special to remember. They charge one flat fee for the full experience, although you can up your donation to support the artists and restaurant even more if you want.

Their tastiest fare includes:

Farm Fresh Jun
Whenever you want to sip on a tasty, rejuvenating beverage, go with the Farm Fresh Jun. They make this drink by fermenting Big Island Honey to amp up the probiotics. You can get yours in a variety of fun flavors, although the Olena-Ginger is a can’t-miss creation.

Cold-Brew Coffee
If you want to keep it simple while getting energized for the day, you cannot go wrong with Cold-Brew Coffee. They make their cold brew the day before using organic coffee beans sourced from the islands. Then, they take its flavors to the next level with maca-cardamom, coconut milk, and coconut sugar.

Empanadas
Are you craving a hot and delicious treat made fresh to order? Treat yourself to the fresh-baked Empanadas, for sure. They make their empanada dough fresh each day using organic, unbleached flavor, local eggs, and absolutely no sugar. Then, they fill each one with a mix of fresh produce, cheese, and more. Their flavors change often, but if you get the chance, try the Purple Sweet Potato, Kale, and Goat Cheese mix.

Maca-Mana Balls
The Maca-Mana Balls are the perfect snack to take on the go for a quick kick in the pants whenever the need for more energy arises. They create these handheld snacks by mixing walnuts, hemp, coconut, macadamia nuts, cacao, and vanilla. Once that’s done, they roll each one in hemp seeds to add even more crunch to the equation.

Whenever sweet treats call your name, just set your sight on their Sweets by Nadine section of the menu. On there, you’ll find amazingly decadent desserts made to delight your tastebuds. Whenever possible, they have gluten-free, vegan, and sugar-free creations on tap for your consideration. Out of all their options, their “Mounds” Bar is a definite fan favorite with its perfect blend of chocolate and coconut.

Insider Tips:
-Their eatery sits tucked away in the alley. So, look for their sign to avoid missing the front door.
-Want to know more about the ingredients used in each menu item? Just ask the crew before ordering and they’ll be happy to enlighten you.
-Don’t have room for a full elixir? Just ask about their elixir shots instead.