Pa’ina (Hawaiian for gathering) Cafe has two locations: Koko Marine Shopping Center (Hawai’i Kai) and Victoria Ward Warehouse (Ward Ave by Ala Moana Shopping Center). It’s a nice place to grab a bite to eat and take a break from shopping at all the local boutiques.
The interior of the cafe is nice and big. Please forgive me, I forgot to take a picture of the interior because it was so busy inside. The cafe adopted the dark wooden look from the previous restaurant, The Chowder House. The wooden interior with the wooden benches and chairs gives it a nice Hawaiian feel to the place. There is a lot of room for your party and all those shopping bags. If you want something intimate, there are a couple of two seater tables up against the store front.
Basically, it’s open seating, you order your food before seating down and the staff will call you when your order is ready. There is a wide range of selection from salads to smoothies. The prices are pretty good considering the location (being in a tourist area) and other cafe that I’ve visited. In honor of my bloggie twin, Tiera, I bought a large spicy poke bowl with brown rice ($7.45). It rare for a cafe to serve poke, so Pa’ina has a leg up on the rest of the cafes.
The great thing about their poke bowl is that they are customizable. You can add pickled onions, cucumbers, seaweed, etc. The list is pretty long, but I got the classic green onions. Next time, I am going to venture out.
- Great location
- Tons of free parking
- A quick place to grab something to eat, while shopping
- Wide variety of food
- Reasonable priced compared to other cafes in the area
- Lots of space to eat
- Free WiFi
- Make your own Spicy Ahi Bowl.