Sweet Cane Cafe

Sweet Cane Café – Serving Hilo Farm-to-Table Goodness for Your Sipping Delight
Local Expert's Rating:
4 / 5
The Bottom Line:

A true local favorite, Sweet Cane Café has been proudly serving Hilo farm-to-table deliciousness since 2011. Their cane juices, slushies, and smoothies are the star of the show, of course. But, they also have gluten-free and vegan sammies, baked goods, and so much more.

- The HawaiianIslands.com Local Expert Team

Since 2011, Sweet Cane Café has proudly served as the place to go for healthy yet flavorful farm-to-table fare. Their cane juice, slushies, and smoothies bring in people from far and wide, but that’s not all they offer. A ton of gluten-free and vegan fare round out their menu, making it a great place to settle down for a memorable meal. They don’t just serve delicious food and drinks either. The team makes it their mission to help every patron feel at home in their eatery.

All their offerings begin with fresh organic ingredients sourced from local farms all over the Big Island. They start every day by harvesting all the ripe fruits, veggies, and produce in their modest garden. Depending on the season, they may end up with peas, broccoli rabe, bananas, citrus, cassava, papaya, and cane sugar, of course. Then, they go beyond their property to get the rest of their ingredients from local growers. Their mangos come from Kona farmers, for example, while their tomatoes and lettuce are sourced from Waimea.

With those ingredients in hand, they get to work making all their menu items to order. Every last item comes out of the kitchen with bright, bold flavors to remember. Plus, their items come packed with vitamins and minerals, giving you plenty of energy for the day ahead. Even better, since their foods and drinks only use local ingredients, they’re sustainable, too, making it easy to feel good about all your selections.

No matter what you decide to enjoy, feel free to kick back and relax in their quaint eatery. Their friendly service makes the place feel like home, while their gorgeous décor sets the stage for a spectacular meal. If you’re in a hurry though, they’re happy to wrap up your selections to go. They do aim to minimize their impact on the environment further by avoiding single-use cutlery, napkins, and the like. So, if you have your own reusable dining ware, it’s best to bring them along.

You cannot miss their:

Ginger Kick Cold Brew
If you want to jumpstart your day with an invigorating drink, treat yourself to their Ginger Kick Cold Brew. Available in small, medium, and large sizes, this drink feature cold brew lightened up with their tasty hemp milk. To that, they add ginger, vanilla, and cane sugar to put just a little more pep in your step.

Acai Bowls
Out of all their foods, their Acai Bowls get the most rave reviews. They start each one with a big scoop of acai, and then add berries and bananas galore. Mac nut mylk joins the party after that. To finish it all off right, they add housemade granola, sliced bananas, and coconut flakes.

Cassava Pizza
A true local favorite, the Cassava Pizza lets you enjoy rich, cheesy excellence in every last bite. They start this dish by making their crust by hand using cassava from their farm. Then, they top it with mac nut pesto, garlic Hamakua mushrooms, bell peppers, onion, and eggplant. Puna goat cheese goes over it all before the pie bakes in the oven until melted and bubbly.

Are you planning a special occasion anytime soon? If so, ask about their catering services for small and large events. They’re happy to roll out all their healthy food and beverages for the pure enjoyment of your guests. If you need a wonderful venue for your event, they can provide that, too. So, just let them know what you need, and then get ready to have a blast at your event.

Insider Tips:
-If you’ve recently given birth, ask about their postpartum meals. Designed for the first 40 days after birth, these meals can help replenish lost nutrients and promote full body healing.
-They sell many of their soups, baked bread, and other popular fare in bundles, giving locals a chance to stock up on all their favorite items.
-Ask about their juice cleanse to learn about flushing toxins from your system.