By Sarah Hendrix | Staff Writer
Hawaiʻi is the only U.S. state that can grow coffee because of its tropical climate. That gives coffee shops around the island a chance to support local business, while making great tasting drinks. The island of Oʻahu is filled with locally owned coffee shops, many of them serving Hawaiian beans. These shops are perfect for on-the-go coffee drinkers that are on their way to school or work, and they also provide a great atmosphere for people who choose to stick around and study.
8. Glazer’s Coffee
2700 King St. Honolulu
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday/Sunday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Glazer’s Coffee has a flair for authentic photography, specifically cameras. While ordering a delicious caramel latte, there are an endless supply of old cameras to gaze at and artwork hung on every wall. This coffee shop has brought the taste and style of Seattle to Honolulu. Glazer’s Coffee is situated just off University Avenue on King Street and provides free wifi.
7. ARVO Cafe
675 Auahi St. Honolulu
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday/Sunday 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
ARVO Cafe has brought a green thumb to the coffee industry. This coffee shop in downtown Kakaʻako is filled with plants to look at while coffee is brewing. The menu has plant-based options such as loaded avocado toast, matcha chia seed pudding and vegemite toast. The seating is limited but ARVO Cafe provides an atmosphere that is a plant lovers dream.
6. Morning Brew Coffee & Bistro
Kailua location: 600 Kailua Rd. Kailua
Kakaʻako location: 685 Auahi St. #113 Honolulu
Hours: Monday-Sunday 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Morning Brew Coffee & Bistro has two locations, one in Kailua and another in Kakaʻako. In Kakaʻako there are two floors of seating, providing ample work space for students who need a quiet place to study. From sweet breakfasts like Belgian style waffles & fresh fruit or something more savory like a grilled steak breakfast burrito, Morning Brew has a flavor for everyone.
5. Surfer’s Coffee Bar
63 S Kamehameha Hwy. Wahiawā
Hours: Monday-Saturday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Located in the heart of Wahiawā, Surfer’s Coffee Bar is run by Surfing the Nations, a non-profit humanitarian organization. This coffee bar is run by volunteers and 100 percent of the proceeds are given to local and global non-profit organizations. Surfer’s Coffee supports the community by hosting live events of local artists. Try an iced Wahiawā mocha or an acai bowl while listening to some live music up on the North Shore of Oʻahu.
4. Brue Bar
1164 Bishop St. Honolulu
119 Merchant St. Honolulu
Hours: Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This sleek downtown coffee shop has two locations, both in the heart of Honolulu. One location is on Merchant Street and the other is on Bishop Street. Brue Bar has kept its menu simple and traditional with original choices such as cappuccinos, lattes and mochas. Another option on the menu is nitro cold brew, which is essentially cold brew coffee charged with nitrogen to give it a rich and creamy texture.
3. Coffee Gallery
66-250 Kamehameha Hwy. C106 Haleʻiwa
Hours: Monday-Sunday 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Located in Hale‘iwa on the North Shore, Coffee Gallery sells Hawaiian beans and roasts all of its coffee by hand. Coffee Gallery has been open since 1987, providing delicious food and pastries made from scratch and paired with local beans. Coffee Gallery has a wide range of menu options for beverages and food, ranging from creamy pineapple shakes and housemade chai to surf bum burritos.
2. Morning Glass Cafe
2955 E Mānoa Rd. Honolulu
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Found in Mānoa Valley, Morning Glass Cafe is always bustling with customers. Morning Glass Coffee supports local farmers in the food that it prepares, whether it is fresh pork from 2 Lady Pig Farmers in Wai‘anae or Lehua Honey from Oʻahu. The seating is always limited because the parking lot is filled with customers waiting to try the breakfast and coffee. It’s hard to pass up some macaroni and cheese pancakes or biscuits and gravy on the brunch menu.
1. Island Brew Coffeehouse
Hawaiʻi Kai location: 377 Keāhole St. Honolulu
Kaimukī location: 1137 11th Ave. Honolulu
Hawaiʻi Kai hours: Monday-Friday 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday/Sunday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Kaimukī hours: Monday-Sunday 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
With two locations, one in Hawaiʻi Kai and the other Kaimukī, Island Brew Coffeehouse serves 100 percent locally grown Hawaiian coffee. Island Brew serves coffee in ceramic or glass mugs and offer compostable cups made from corn. In Hawaiʻi Kai, enjoy a honey Hawaiian latte paired with a freshly made bagel sandwich while sitting in a seat along the marina.