Ha Coffee Bar, located in the Lihue Town Plaza on Rice St in Lihue, is a breath of fresh air and a wonderful place to take a break when in Lihue. One of my friends whose home is nearby told me it was really nice so I decided to come check it out for myself. When I pulled into the parking lot I realized that I was walking into the same building that used to be occupied by one of my insurance agents. Walking through the door I was stunned at the transformation which had taken place in the interior. Gone were the myriad cubicles formed of white chipboard, the harsh fluorescent lighting and the claustrophobia inducing low ceilings. In their stead was a beautifully decorated, peaceful and open great room with 25’ ceilings, tasteful finished carpentry, and a design that allowed natural light to enter though large open windows. I was amazed at the metamorphosis of the space and felt that I had stepped into a bubble of peaceful, relaxation in the heart of Lihue. Chris, one of the owners, is a former contractor who did all the remodeling himself (except for the plumbing and electric)
I sat down at a large table with my friend and it soon became apparent to me that Ha was a place where the community can come to talk story. By the end of my visit to Ha, I had been invited out on a boat to go fishing, made some new acquaintances and ran into several old friends who happened to be there. Co-owners Jeff and Chris focus on serving the Kauai community. Ha is a not for profit which donates all of its proceeds above their operating expenses to other not for profits on Kauai. In addition to their great selection of tea and coffee, they offer tasty delicacies that are made special order for them by 3 local bakeries. I tried the Greek focaccia and a jade green tea. Both were excellent as was the iced chai latte which I ordered for my desert and came with a choice of cow milk, coconut milk, almond milk or soy milk. They use many local and organic ingredients as well as gluten free, and vegan options.
Ha Coffee Bar is a wonderful social gathering spot that attracts a group of friendly local people who enjoy sharing a cup or two and a snack while relaxing and talking story in the bright and cheery ambience. Ha Coffee Bar has a refreshing and clean energy; it is a great place to take a break and connect with others in the community. When I walked through the doors, it felt that I had stepped out of time and into a little bubble of cheerfulness. My one hour rendez-vous soon turned into a three hour talk story session as people came and went and came back again. There is an open mic every Saturday morning until about 1PM. If you are in the area – stop by, relax and enjoy a new local spot – you will be pleasantly surprised.