Lanikai Juice has always been our go-to spot after spending the day in the sun, sand and surf. Just minutes from Lanikai Beach, the shop is known for its high-quality smoothies and fresh acai bowls.

They’ve gotten so popular that, at almost any time of day, the small shop will be packed with thirsty customers. Most just came from the beach, as apparent by the sand on their feet, while others might have hiked the Lanikai Pill Boxes just down the road. Either way, they’re eager to quench their thirst.

I have several favorite smoothies, depending on my mood, but it seems the Strawberry Shaka never fails to satisfy my cravings. It’s made with fresh strawberries, banana, pineapple juice, yogurt and honey. If I’m in the mood for something “sinful,” well as sinful as a smoothie can get, I order the Choco Loco. That one’s made with Nutella, soy milk, banana, granola and chocolate whey protein.

It seems their menu keeps on growing, too. Lanikai Juice now has more than 25 smoothies, including ones made with kale and mint leaves. They top all their bowls of acai or fresh fruit with organic granola and sliced banana and even sell immunity booster juices and supplements, like bee pollen and echinacea.

Because Lanikai Juice uses local, organic ingredients, their stuff seems to be a bit on the pricier side. The portions, however, are usually right on par – enough to be shared between two or three people. I’d say it’s worth the price, though, especially if you only go once or twice while on vacation. Bottom’s up!

LANIKAI JUICE • 572 Kailua Rd., Kailua, HI 96734 • Opens Mon-Sat 6am-8pm, Sun 7am-7pm •


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