Open for Lunch

Kokua Kalihi Valley Wellness Center
2229 North School Street, Kalihi

Tuesdays & Thursdays
11:30am - 1:30pm


The Roots Cafe is a gathering place for the community to come together, meet up with friends, talk story, and enjoy fresh, healthy food.  Our menu changes daily, using fruits, vegetables and proteins sourced from local businesses and especially from our Food Hub farm partners; but always stays affordable with all menu items $8 or less.   Stay and enjoy the ambiance of our intimate dining space, or take your order to go.  We invite you to call (791-9329) or email ahead for larger group orders, as our food is hand-made with aloha and advance notice helps us serve you better.


The Roots Cafe performs select caterings to support our brother and sister organizations in sustainable food systems.  Your dollars spent on Cafe caterings helps us keep our prices affordable for our community.  Rates and menus vary; please contact for details.


In addition to ono prepared foods, the Roots Cafe also operates the Farmacy, a mini-market stocked with produce and cultural food products from our Food Hub partners, including customer favorites like Haloa's Poi and fresh Ilio Lani Farm eggs.  We look forward to expanding our product offerings, to be able to provide diversified ways for our friends to manage and celebrate their health.

Special Events

The Roots Cafe hosts occasional special events such as speaker engagements, community discussion groups, film nights, and cultural celebrations.  Please visit our Calendar page for information on future special events.

Skills Training

The Roots Cafe is a place for community interns and volunteers to learn skills related to food service and the restaurant industry, nutrition and dietetics, cultural foodways, and more.  We welcome volunteers interested in these topics to work with us in the kitchen. Please see our Volunteer page for more information.

We wanted to extend a heartfelt mahalo to the Roots Cafe for providing us with our amazing buffet spread. All of the night’s food banter held powerful words of gratitude and aloha nui as we could taste the mana and intentions of Roots and the hands that prepared our beautiful meal.

Cafe Inquiries

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Call (808) 791-9400 during Cafe hours, or submit the "Cafe Inquiries" form for questions or for group orders.

Group orders must be placed and confirmed no later than Monday mornings, by phone or by using the Cafe inquiries form (at right).

 Individual orders may be placed for same-day pickup by calling (808) 791-9400 during Cafe hours.

We are unable to accommodate same-day orders placed via the Cafe inquiries form.