Shared from Honolulu Magazine
THE NEW WAI‘OLI RESTORES ITS ORIGINAL MISSION BY EMPLOYING PEOPLE FROM SALVATION ARMY’S DRUG AND TREATMENT CENTER AND THOSE TRANSITIONING OUT OF PRISON.
When we were young, were our lives simpler? Or has our memory stripped away the complications, leaving only bittersweet—but mostly sweet—nostalgia? The past may not actually be simpler, but the new Wai‘oli Kitchen and Bake Shop is. It’s the newest iteration of the beloved and historic Wai‘oli Tea Room, built in 1922 and shuttered for the past four years after a series of operators struggled to keep it financially afloat. Gone are the chintzy tablecloths, red velvet waffles and gift shop bric-a-brac, and in their place is a modern farmhouse aesthetic and refreshingly uncomplicated menu.