Words by Jady Ojiri | Photos by Jenelle Ho | Video by Kari Lau
While taking a stroll through Salt at Our Kaka’ako, the other interns and I noticed a few people eagerly gathering inside a small ice cream shop named “Butterfly Ice Cream,” and we quickly followed suit. To our surprise, we got much more than we were expecting.
Upon entry, the entire room smelled of freshly baked bread and each worker welcomed us with a smile. The decor was bright and included a collage of Hawaii themed pictures displayed on the wall to make any customer feel right at home. Customers are even allowed to watch the behind the scenes work that is put into every product through a window connecting the restaurant to the kitchen.
But aside from the scenery, what took most customers by surprise was definitely the array of ice cream flavors offered at the store. Some of their best sellers include flavors such as Earl Grey Tea, Black Sesame, Honey Macadamia Nut, Peach Chardonnay, Lemon Daiquiri, and more. They also offer the option to create your own milkshake out of any ice cream of your choice mixed with a locally produced milk. In addition, customers can choose to eat their scrumptious desserts in a cup, or a freshly baked waffle cone or waffle.
The ice creams and sorbet range in cost from five dollars to twelve dollars depending on the chosen size, the hand-dipped milkshakes weigh in at eight dollars, and their bake-to-order waffles with ice cream are twelve dollars.
Interestingly enough, the business concocts over fifty different flavors of ice cream and sorbet, and they showcase a different set of flavors at the restaurant every week. They also pride themselves on creating all of their products with all natural ingredients and local resources found on the island.
Knowing this, our smiles widened as we scanned the rows of flavor choices. After much thought, we ended up choosing the Lehua Honey ice cream and Pineapple sorbet. Lehua Honey was actually one of their best sellers and it had a very similar flavor to vanilla ice cream but with an added sweet kick. The Pineapple sorbet, on the other hand, had a similar texture to shave ice that made the dessert very light and refreshing. It contained the perfect amount of sweetness and it packed a punch with small chunks of pineapple mixed into the icy goodness. Together, the two flavors complimented each other very well and we ended up scooping up every last drop of it out of the cup.
With everything the store had to offer – what’s not to like? I, for one, will definitely be coming back to visit the “Butterfly Ice Cream” shop whenever my ice cream cravings kick in and I can’t wait to see what new flavors they’ll have in store. There’s definitely a new ice creamery on the horizon, and it won’t be long until people swap out their ordinary grocery store ice cream pints for something a little more unique here in Kaka’ako.
Butterfly Ice Cream
Salt at Our Kaka’ako
324 Coral Street, Suite 103, Honolulu, HI 96813
Everyday: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
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