In Partnership with the Southern Weekend

Local businesses like Nalu Health Bar, Island Bungalow make Kailua Town shine

Adding to the neighborhood's unique character

Sponsored by Alexander & Baldwin

Kailua Town is a gathering place for the windward side of Oahu and began as a small town built from local mom-and-pop businesses back in the mid 1900’s. Small businesses were the heart and soul of the community, and they still are today. HI Now host Jobeth Devera is checking out some shops that add to the neighborhood’s unique character.

If you’re looking to try a great acai bowl, put Nalu Health Bar on your list. Its organic acai is imported from Brazil and you won’t find any frozen fruits or ice in the acai mix. Once you get your bowl, you’ll see the beautiful deep purple color, the true color of acai. “Our recipe is very Brazilian. It’s just like if you were to have a bowl in Brazil,” says Chris Pfisterer of Nalu Health Bar. “I think that’s the beauty of it and what makes our acai bowl so unique here in Hawaii.”

At Nalu, you’ll also find a variety of fresh squeezed juices, smoothies, sandwiches, salads and wraps. Everything is made to order with fresh and high quality ingredients and carry a lot of local and organic products. Some of the local favorites are the ahi tuna sandwich, turkey kale-pesto, and of course, its acai bowls.

Looking to add a hint of the islands to your home or wardrobe? Try checking out Island Bungalow Hawaii. The beach-meets-bohemian vibe makes any living space feel more relaxed and carefree. Don’t sleep on its hand-printed bedding! “Our island inspired designs are hand stamped onto cotton bed sheets, pillows, comforters and summer blankets,” Amerjit Ghag of Island Bungalow says. “The Indian cotton is both durable and soft, making it perfect for our tropical weather.”

Ghag loves using reclaimed or sustainable materials for furniture, natural fibers with handmade finishes for textiles and some vintage pieces for pops of color and conversation.

You’ll also find clothing at Island Bungalow. “I can’t get enough of our crinkle cotton,” Ghag says. “I always travel with a few pieces. Just twist and add to your suitcase — no ironing!”

For more information:
Kailua Town: kailuatownhi.com, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter @KailuaTownHI
Nalu Health Bar: naluhealthbar.com, IG & Facebook: @naluhealthbar
Island Bungalow: islandbungalowhawaii.com, Facebook @ IslandBungalowHawaii, IG: @islandbungalow_hawaii