Kauai Fruit & Juice Stands
The sole road that surrounds the island of Kauai is a path well traveled by locals and tourists alike. Spanning from Ke’e Beach at the far north shore, all the way to Polihale Beach on the west side, the Kuhio Highway ushers us to adventures, places of interest and home again. Driving along this road is like a paradisiacal pilgrimage. And, like any successful path, it offers places of refuge. On Kauai, the best place to refuel and seek refuge is one of the many roadside fruit stands!
There’s no better way to enjoy the fruits of the land than visiting a fruit stand. Of the many that sprinkle the road from end to end, a diversity of offerings and experiences exist. Some appear as humble shacks, but boast delicious creations like iced cold coconuts or homemade apple banana bread. Some are more prominent, with wrap-around lanais that offer stunning mountain views and locally sourced lunches. Others are hard to even notice, tucked deep within the jungle or off the beaten path on a spur road. Regardless of the location or external appearance, each one is worthy of stopping. For, every fruit stand has its own, unique personality and approach to service.
Centrally located just off the highway in Anahola Town is Kalalea Juice Hale, a quaint fruit stand that offers shave ice, acai bowls, smoothies, cold brew coffee and fresh pressed juices. The stand is run by a Hawaiian family and all the recipes come from their son who is passionate about the culinary arts. They are “proud to serve locally sourced and organic ingredients not only for the health of the people in community, but for the aina as well.” Infused with Hawaiian tradition and mana-filled food, this fruit stand is a local favorite.
Kalalea Juice Hale takes a different spin on some of the staple menu items you find at other fruit stands. For example, they take their acai bowls to the next level, literally! They offer three different “levels” of acai potential: The O.G., The Next Level and The King Kong. Take your pick on the flavor spectrum— you can’t go wrong. They make their shave ice from homemade, real-fruit syrups and offer seasonal specials based on what is currently growing. For the caffeine fiends, try their signature “One Speed” smoothie and experience a smooth boost that’ll send you surfing through life!
The name of Kalalea Juice Hale comes from the revered geographical feature that it sits beneath, Kalalea Mountain. While some call it “King Kong” due to its uncanny resemblance to the iconic oversized gorilla, the mountain range can also be viewed as a pregnant woman lying on her back with her hands in prayer position. Ancient Hawaiian belief says that this is where all souls enter the earth when they are born. The Dalai Lama has even visited this site to confirm its spiritual significance. Hence, this fruit stand is not only noteworthy for its delicious products, but for its special location too.
From one end of the road to the other, dozens of fruit stands await your visit. Whether you make the quick stop for a freshly picked bag of lychee or you take the time to enjoy the scenery as you savor your smoothie, each stop is worthwhile. By supporting local businesses and enriching yourself with mana-filled food, fruit stands are a sustainable, exciting and exotic way to experience the island. So, add a twist to your day of adventuring on Kauai and pull over when a fruit stand catches your eye!