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Say hello to The Solar Shack, Hawaii’s first solar-powered food truck. More than another Kailua coffee outlet, they are offering everything from loaded breakfast burritos, house-made coconut parfaits, sweet treats, salmon bowls, nitro coffee, bullet coffee, house-made teas, organic drip coffee, and more. They are open Monday through Friday from 6:30 am to 1:00 pm., Saturdays from 7:00 am to 1:30 pm, and are closed Sundays.
What’s the story?
Seems that some young entrepreneurs are making their mark on the Oneawa end of Kailua town. The Solar Shack is another offering by the founders of the Treehouse Coworking space.
No Panic. It’s Organic
The Solar Shack tagline is Fast, Healthy, and Delicious, and states, “We believe that food is medicine.” Here’s the back story.
“At the ripe age of 30 years old, Solar Shack’s cofounder, Keno, nearly lost his life to bacterial meningitis–an inflammation of the brain and spinal cord membranes typically caused by an infection. Luckily due to some amazing doctors and the miracles of modern medicine, Keno was able to make a full recovery to his high-energy, chipper self. After these complications, a major diet change was required to keep inflammation down and Keno’s health up. This was how Solar Shack’s menu was inspired: a healthy yet delicious breakfast that causes no inflammation. The mission of Solar Shack is to deliver food that tastes great and educate the masses about healthier food choices, and ultimately promote everyone to SMILE more.” – Treehouse
As a person who has had my own food sensitivities, I was super curious and had to know more.
At first look, I couldn’t wait to walk, bike, or drive up to the colorful truck. The outside mural was painted by a local artist, Claire Ogden. It features Hawaii’s tropical flowers and instantly conveys a sense of calm.
I first noticed the new truck during lockdown while bringing my grandson to my house in the early mornings. It was a fun routine. We’d pause at the corner and the friendly staff would wave…and Ka’i would wave back. I could see that it was fast becoming a regular part of many Kailua residents’ routines as well.
My recent visit was while on a photoshoot with Jojo Salazar, firstname.lastname@example.org. The crew was so accommodating. When it could have been awkward, trying to take my brand images, the folks a the Solar Shack made me feel like one of the regulars. I had a tall, cold glass of their amazing Red Focus Tea; an organic green tea base with hibiscus, elderflower, rose hips, and orange peels. Divine. See the full menu here.
There is not one thing I didn’t like about the Solar Shack. This colorful truck brings a new vitality to a once drab corner. Welcome to the neighborhood!
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