Fat Kid Friday: Desserts at Kahuku Farms Cafe

Mmmm, Part 2 of our Kahuku summer series: Acai bowls and grilled banana bread a la mode
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Fat Kid Friday is a video series spotlighting exuberant dishes across Oahu. Crazy, ginormous or over-the-top luxe, these are the broke-the-mouth dishes we push across the table and tell our friends, “Try this. TRY IT."

Enamored by the desserts at Kahuku Farms Cafe.

Last week, we had a near heart-attack experience with the glorious fried chicken entrées at HI-CHIX at the Kahuku Sugar Mill. But all that salty, crispy fried chicken, we needed something sweet to top off our feast.

We found our saving grace at Kahuku Farms, which is right down the highway from Kahuku Sugar Mill (near Romy’s Shrimp Stand). You can’t see the Farm Café from the road, but just go around the building and you’re in the right spot. 

Talk about a view. We know we’re in God’s Country.

The café’s menu features ingredients straight from Kahuku Farms and neighboring farms in the area. So, you know whatever you’re eating — whether it’s smoothies, salads, or veggie paninis — is as fresh as fresh can be. 

Of course, we just skip to the dessert part of the menu.

Acai bowl ($10) made with farm-grown Hawaiian acai and topped with granola, apple bananas, lilikoi butter and graham-mac nut crumbles.

Kahuku Farms grows their own acai berries and bananas, meaning this acai bowl the real deal. Forget farm to table … this is farm to mouth. The acai itself is smooth and creamy, but distinctly tart. It’s not bitter, though, thanks to the balance of all the toppings. The crunch from the quinoa and granola, subtle sweetness from the honey … this is literally a melody in our mouths. 

Grilled banana bread ($5.50) with housemade vanilla caramel and vanilla haupia. We get it a la mode with vanilla bean ice cream for $1.50 more.

Initially, Kelli’s apprehensive, due to bad experiences with banana bread in the past (ummm cardboard like and dry). But one bite in and she can’t stop. Though slightly grilled, this banana bread’s uber moist. The two triangular slabs readily soak up the honey, caramel and rapidly melting ice cream.  

Fun fact: The vanilla haupia and vanilla caramel toppings were created from Kahuku Farms’ family recipes. Also, the vanilla beans are grown on the farm. We swear, we can inhale that sweet fragrance as soon as our dessert comes out. It may be the best vanilla bean ice cream we’ve ever had.

So, yes: order this dessert a la mode, no questions asked. 

KAHUKU FARMS CAFE
56-800 Kam. Hwy.
Kahuku
293-8159
Open daily, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (closed Tuesdays)
http://www.kahukufarms.com

– Fat Kid Friday concept and title by Brandon Lee
– Video by Kai Kojimoto 

Missed our last Fat Kid Friday video? Watch the series:

Kahuku's HI-CHIX
Common Kings and Big Ronin gourmet hot dogs
Mauka to Makai poke nachos
Fat Kid gives thanks 
XXL double-wide Maui Onion cheeseburger
Opulent black truffle roast duck and grand macaron
Fat Kid Friday hits the North Shore
Extra beefy Pho-strami burger
Jumbo-sized Korean-style shave ice
Kalua pig nachos
Green tea warabimochi parfait
Churro waffles
The Heavy D and Royale with Cheese
The Mega-sushi rito
Pocho wraps and E-mochi balls
The $65 Ultimate Loco Moco