Chai Time weekdays in Lihu‘e

LIHU‘E — When was the last time you had one of those fat jelly rolls from the plantation days era? Or a heavy half moon?

Randy Honjo of Chai Time said you can have it all, along with chai and fruit teas to wash away the day’s stress.

Honjo operates Chai Time on the lanai of the Kaua‘i Museum in downtown Lihu‘e on Rice Street from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Mondays through Fridays.

Additionally, he gets help and can make deliveries for those times people just cannot get away. Deliveries can be arranged on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between operating hours.

“This is a real international offering,” Honjo said. “We have teas from India, Sri Lanka and there will be more teas arriving from England, or the United Kingdom.”

Honjo also carries Big Train Chai including vanilla, chocolate, green tea and decaffeinated spice.

Add to that the sweets from well-known local vendors such as the eight-inch pies from The Right Slice, assorted cupcakes from Sugar Mill Cupcakes and a variety of pastries from Thrifty Mart Delites, including traditional favorites like pandesol, ensemada, the half moons (Randy said they’re really heavy), apple turnovers, crispy (baked) manju, and the fat jelly rolls.

“You can see that it’s really international,” he said. “It’s a good way to recover from the day-to-day stress. It’s sweet.”

Call 634-7498 for more information or to arrange deliveries, or email

• Dennis Fujimoto, photographer and staff writer, can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 253) or dfujimoto@


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