HANAPEPE — Basically, Little Fish Coffee is a breakfast and lunch place in the quaint, artsy town of Hanapepe. That is, until Friday rolls around.
“We’re open 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays,” said Tzeitel Roney, one of three sisters who were manning the coffee bar Friday night during Hanapepe Art Night. “But on Fridays, we’re here the whole day from 6:30 a.m. until …(her voice trailing off, but the menu says 9 p.m.). And then Saturdays, we’re here from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. and closed on Sundays.”
Tzeitel is joined by her sisters Ashley and Rosy, who were working the customer orders ranging from a “Good Cup ‘o Joe” to more exotic after-dinner drinks.
“This place is owned by our older sister Camille Page, who started this about a year ago,” Tzeitel said. “And even our mom, Bernie Crane, helps out.”
The little family operation spans a variety of coffee from the “Good Cup ‘o Joe” in 12- and 16-ounce sizes to the more exotic “Mexican Jumping Bean!” which incorporates espresso, milk and Mexican chocolate; E’s Turkish Hammer, which is turkish grind poured over a shot of espresso, fresh ground cardamon and heavy cream; and “Midnight Marauder,” which is four shots of espresso, sweetened condensed milk and vanilla over ice, taking in the Maka ulu‘ula (red eye), latte, capuccino and espresso.
Other drinks include homemade chai, hot chocolate, organic hot tea, fresh iced tea and a variety of fresh-squeezed juice made with organic and local fruits and vegetables, .
Friday nights are special because Kevin of Drink more Kava is invited to share the homey atmosphere with his offerings of the non-alcoholic relaxing drink, which dates back to ancient Polynesia.
“They invite me down on Fridays,” Kevin said. “I have fresh kava as well as kava root powder.”
Kevin, who said he actually works out of his house in Kalaheo, said Drink More Kava is a kava supplier and he is available for hire as a mobile kava service for weddings and parties; he is a State of Hawai‘i officiant.
He can be reached at 212-1648 or at www.drinkmorekava.com.
As the sun climbs past the breakfast which can be enjoyed with the variety of bagel offerings at the Little Fish Coffee shop in Hanapepe, smoothies bridge the breakfast and lunch hour, including “The Westside,” made with papaya, banana, blueberries, yogurt and pineapple juice; the “Banana Colada,” using local Apple Banana, coco lopez, and choice of milk; “Berry Banzai,” featuring blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and Kona Red; and the “Green Machine,” which uses pineapple juice, kale juice, banana, carrot cubes and spirulina.
Other eats include the “Yogi Bowl” with fresh fruit, yogurt and homemade granola and the “Brekky Sando,” with one egg, bacon, tomato and cheddar cheese on a bagel. Also available are a variety of wraps as well as “fresh baked goodness” including Mom’s Banana Walnut Bread, Noni’s Scones with a different flavor each day and Raw Energy Bars.
More daily specials and cookies are available daily and people can find out more by calling 335-5000.
• Dennis Fujimoto, photographer and staff writer, can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 253) or dfujimoto@ thegardenisland.com.