Kai Coffee Hawaii

Kai Coffee-Artisan Coffee Served by Stellar Baristas
Local Expert's Rating:
4 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Kai Coffee has locations in the Alohilani and Hyatt Regency Waikiki resorts, where you can find delicious coffees and food. Founded by Sam and Natalie Suiter, Kai Coffee has one goal: to serve you "Aloha in every cup." Beans are roasted on-site, and baristas must complete a three-week training session to ensure they pour an excellent cup of coffee in a reasonable amount of time.  Food options range from acai bowls and light pastries to full-blown creations like their deluxe breakfast sandwich. The stores are clean and inviting, with plenty of room for sitting and souvenirs for those last-minute gifts. 

- The HawaiianIslands.com Local Expert Team

Sam Suiter and his wife Natalie had a vision: to encapsulate their 25 years of experience in the coffee industry with their passion for serving the perfect cup to friends and family. From this bedrock sprung their flagship store, Kai Coffee Hawaii. 

Kai is Hawaiian for “ocean” and was integrated into the company’s name because Hawaii’s sea, soil, and rainfall are the perfect environment to grow coffee. For all these reasons, Sam and Natalie created their patented saying: “Aloha in every cup.” 

Kai Coffee Hawaii currently has Oahu locations in the Alohilani and Hyatt Regency Waikiki resorts, and each store strives to provide customers with what Sam calls “the total cafe experience.” Sam and Natalie strive to combine efficiency with excellence to ensure patrons get the best cup of coffee without long waits. The store’s ambiance will attract visitors because the colors of Hawaii flow into the cafe to create a safe, warm, and friendly environment. 

Visitors rave about the quality coffee served at Kai Coffee Hawaii, adding that if you’re a “coffee snob,” ignore the other cafes and head over to Kai Coffee Hawaii. Coffee aficionados will be pleased to discover the cafe roasts the beans in the shop. Additionally, baristas at Kai Coffee must pass a three-week training course to ensure they pour you the perfect cup. Such attention to detail is at the heart and soul of “Aloha in every cup.”

You’ll find Kai Coffee t-shirts, mugs, and water bottles if you need a souvenir or last-minute gifts. And don’t forget to grab a bag of your favorite coffee beans, like Kai Espresso Blend, to take back home!

The menu at Kai Coffee Hawaii is limited yet rich with stellar coffee drinks and food. Coffee lovers can select a variety of espresso, latte, and frappe drinks. Kai Coffee Hawaii offers house brew, pour-over, Aeropress, and French press coffee, and baristas can assist with suggestions and samples. Of note is the cafe’s cold-brew coffee that steeps for 12 hours. 

And how about grabbing something to eat while sipping your coffee? On the lighter fare are croissants, fruit oat bars, banana bread, and scones. Are you craving a heartier meal? You’ll want to sink your teeth into a deluxe breakfast sandwich filled with fried egg, ham, bacon, cheddar cheese, and garlic aioli. Order the acai bowl topped with granola, bananas, blueberries, and strawberries for something healthy. 

Lunch sandwiches feature made-in-house bread and fresh ingredients for crafting delights, like the turkey pesto, Kai club, Caprese, and Italian sandwiches. 

Even if you’re not a coffee snob, we highly recommend visiting Kai Coffee Hawaii for tasty coffee and mouth-watering food. You’ll experience superb service and sample artisan coffee, making you believe that there is “Aloha in every cup.”

Insider Tip:
Kai Coffee Hawaii is perfect for visitors who need coffee to watch the sunrise as they open very early. And while there may be a line outside the door, you can expect the line to move swiftly, baristas to greet you with a smile, and your coffee to be spot-on.