Tucked away in the heart of Kailua, this charming spot has perfected the art of blending a laid-back deli vibe with the culinary finesse of a top-tier café. It’s a place where locals mingle with wide-eyed tourists, all united in their quest for that perfect bite that sings of the islands’ flavors. Here, the promise of a meal is more than just sustenance; it’s a vibrant journey through Hawaii’s palate, a story told on a plate, and perhaps, if you’re lucky, a side of their legendary banana bread that has been known to inspire spontaneous hula dancing. Welcome to Kalapawai Cafe and Deli – where every visit feels like coming home, even if you’re just passing through.
Kalapawai Cafe & Deli
Kalapawai Cafe & Deli (Photo credit: hawaii)
Kalapawai Cafe & Deli
Kalapawai Cafe & Deli (Photo credit: hawaii)
 

Kalapawai Cafe and Deli is a restaurant in Kailua a city in Oahu. They are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. If you don’t have time to dine in, you can get food to go from their deli. In the evening, it’s a quiet place perfect for a romantic dinner. They have a small wine bar and coffee bar.

We only made it over there for dinner. I had the lemon risotto, which was good and expensive. I think most of the dinner menu is pricey. It’s much cheaper for lunch. I would only go back for lunch, because of the cost.

We finished our dinner off with a delicious piece of white macadamia nut pie with ice cream. It’s a lot like pecan pie (my most favorite pie). Their version was made with macadamia nuts instead of pecans and it was GOOD.

white macadamia

50 Kailua Road
Kailua, Hawaii, 96734

Concluding a visit to Kalapawai Cafe and Deli in Kailua, Hawaii, offers a reflective moment on an experience that combines the casual charm of a local deli with the culinary sophistication of a café dedicated to quality and flavor. Nestled in the heart of Kailua, this gem serves not just meals but an embodiment of the aloha spirit, through dishes crafted with local ingredients that sing praises of the island’s bounty. Whether it’s the vibrant salads, the hearty sandwiches, or the exquisite dinner offerings, each bite feels like a journey through the flavors that make Hawaii unique. As the evening winds down and the last morsels of dessert are savored, one can’t help but feel grateful for the warm service and the cozy ambiance that make Kalapawai Cafe and Deli a must-visit destination. It’s a place where every meal feels like dining with ohana, leaving hearts full and promising returns to this little slice of paradise in Kailua.