HONOLULU Staff Favorites: The Best Açaí Smoothie Bowls on O‘ahu

We round up our top picks for the healthy, trendy (and tasty) superfood.

 

This article was originally published on May 6, 2019. It was updated on June 1, 2021.

 

Da Cove Health Bar & Cafe

3045 Monsarrat Ave, #5, (808) 732-8744; 91-5431 Kapolei Parkway, Suite 424, (808) 670-2570, dacove.com

Hawaiian Acia Bowl at Da Cove

Photo: Martha Cheng

 

 

Da Cove Small, $7.50

“Da Cove Health Bar on Monsarrat Ave. I love just the simple Da Cove bowl. The honey they use makes it the best, and don’t forget to add bee pollen! (Cash only, though.)”

Shelley Shiroma, associate art director

 

Hawaiian Deluxe, $12.50

“Da Cove’s Hawaiian açaí bowl, topped with a scoop of pa‘i‘ai, definitely.”

Martha Cheng, food and dining editor

 


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Makai Bowls

46 Ho‘olai St., Kailua, (808) 428-6518

Makai Bowls

Photos: Robbie Dingeman

 

 

Aloha Bowl, $9–$10

“In Kailua, Makai Bowls—that little blue trailer off Kailua’s Ho‘olai Street—is worth searching out for açaí. It serves two basic bowls for breakfast or lunch, one açaí-based and the other a peanut-butter blend. The portions are generous, the service friendly and you’re supporting a local business. Added bonus: now there’s a picnic table in the back if you want to eat your bowl before the açaí starts to melt. Beyond the fruit, granola and honey, you can customize toppings, adding peanut butter, bee pollen, more fruit, etc., with the price hovering around $9 to $10 for a bowl.”

Robbie Dingeman, editor at large

 

Lanikai Juice

Various locations, lanikaijuice.com

 

Da Classic, $8.74–$9.90

“So I am not really a big açaí bowl person, but the one I do like is from Lanikai Juice—original location in Kailua. I like that they put a lot of sliced bananas on it, and also the granola they use is especially good. I asked what kind it was once, and they told me some vanilla type that was from Down to Earth. So I went and bought it. And it is really good granola. But not as good on its own. The sweetness, the vanilla and the type of crunchies in it just go really well with icy, tangy açaí and sliced bananas. It’s the whole combination that makes that particular one so good.”

Alyson Helwagen, former publisher

 

Açai Monkey, $10.10–$12.09

“I discovered açaí bowls and Lanikai Juice at the same time, so for me, they’re inextricably tied. I grew up in Kane‘ohe and, even though Kailua was basically next door, the short bus trip there was still an adventure for me and my friends. My high school best friend helped me order the first time: “Make sure to get granola on the bottom, too. And extra honey.” Since then, I’ve moved to town and so has Lanikai Juice. Other people go to the Whole Foods on Queen for groceries or the hot bar. I go there for Lanikai Juice’s Açaí Monkey bowl, which comes topped with peanut butter, granola, banana and cacao nibs.”

Enjy El-Kadi, former digital marketing specialist

 


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Down to Earth

Various locations, downtoearth.org

Down to Earth

Photo: Katie Kenny

 

 

Rio Açaí, $6.99

“Leave the honey, take the granola—this simple bowl is perfect for those looking for more açaí than extras. Every time I look at the size of this generous helping of creamy açaí, banana slices and crunchy clusters of granola, I think there is no way I could finish it all. Then I find myself licking the bottom of the bowl.”

Katie Kenny, digital editorial specialist

 

Honorable Mention

 

Sunrise Shack

Açaí Bowl, $10.95

59-158 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, (808) 638-0506; The Outrigger Hotel, 2335 Kalakaua Ave, (808) 926-6460, sunriseshackhawaii.com