Proprietor Juil owns the import store of the same name and with her passion for puer tea, decided to install a tea house in the back of her store. Formerly a grand old building, the ceilings are high. The tea house is usually cool and quiet place to sit, meet a friend, read or catch up on a project.
The menu represents a very few select Hawaii grown tea, the pu-er teas of the orient and a few herbal teas also. Tasty snacks are available that compliment tea.
Kava here is served in a coconut shell. It’s an organic fresh juice made from crushed root of the Kava plant.
Kava is a sacrament in the traditional cultures of Polynesia (Hawaii, Fiji, Smamoa, Tahiti, Papua New Guinea and others) Hilo Bayfront Kava Bar is a great place to try your first ever Kava drink. You have to get past a very unfamiliar taste but one of the best side-effects is a great night of sleep. The other benefit? Unlike alcohol, it goes to work relaxing your muscles and easing anxiety but it doesn’t impair motor control needed to drive or walk home. The Kava Bar is under tarps and set in a sunken garden. It is also a great hub for those wanting to meet locals and get local tips for things to do on the island.
This cafe has an excellent Kombucha on tap and it comes in wonderful flavors using local fruits and flavors. The founders of Conscious Culture Cafe are master brewers and also founders of the ‘Big Island Booch.’ Jun, brewed from honey, is also on tap. There are many kegs/flavors of Kombucha. If you want to sample the flavors, you can order a flight. Want a liquid meal? Try a kombucha smoothie. Happy hour is until 6pm if you want to get Kombucha to take on the trail at a discounted price.