A Real Gem For Smoothies, Juices
By Kyle Galdeira
Whether one is seeking out an invigorating sweet treat, or looking to power up with a healthy smoothie or acai bowl, Jewel or Juice offers a treasure trove of alluring items for the entire family.
The locally owned family business employs 13 and first opened in Kaimuki 12 years ago. The operation, which also has a location in Kailua, serves up multiple varieties of smoothies, juices and acai bowls. Customers continue to rave about the stellar cool creations, as Jewel or Juice was honored in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser‘s 2017 Hawaii’s Best People’s Choice Awards as one of the top spots for smoothies.
“We strive to provide the best smoothies, acai bowls and customer service,” said Chris Chan, owner of Jewel or Juice. “We tried all sorts of different recipes to make our smoothies tasty and yet remain healthy. We can even customize your smoothie according to your various preferences.”
Jewel or Juice presents an assortment of popular sweet treats, including the highly requested Peanut Butter Banana or Almond Coconut Smoothies. For those looking for smoothies to supercharge a workout or detox and energize the body throughout the day, Jewel or Juice also offers an array of green smoothies and juices.
“You will get antioxidant nutrients and healthy benefits from all these popular choices: Kale Smoothie, Green Juice, Matcha Green Tea, Acai, Pitaya and many more,” Chan explained. “We always try hard to improve our recipes and service, and constantly experience and discover new ingredients for making an exciting and healthy smoothie. Jewel or Juice has served the local community for more than 10 years, and we use available local produce and organic products when available, including kale, bananas, pineapple and sweet potato. All our revenue stays in Hawaii and is reinvested throughout the community.”
Employees at Jewel or Juice are brought up to speed with menu items and the company’s work culture via a comprehensive training system for new team members, especially those who don’t have any job experience. Chan noted that, for most team members, this is their first job, and employees learn valuable skills and gain on-the-job training and values.
“At Jewel or Juice, we work as a team, and everyone enjoys working here,” Chan said. “Every team member is important in the company and we’re very proud to offer a friendly and positive working environment.”
Chan explained that both customers and employees can look forward to menu updates in the near future, including the addition of more “healthy choices.”
Additionally, the Jewel or Juice team is active in supporting the local community, and the company sponsors fundraisers and charity events, including the annual fireworks show in Kailua. Most recently, Jewel or Juice assisted with the Eat2K event in Kaimuki in support of Aloha Harvest, a nonprofit organization dedicated to rescuing quality donated food and delivering it free of charge to social service agencies that feed Hawaii’s hungry.
“As a small business, our customers are from the neighborhood and community, so we always like to give back to those we serve whenever we have a chance,” Chan said.
For more information and to view menu items and photos, visit the website jewelorjuice.com.
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COMPANY: Jewel or Juice
LOCATIONS: Kaimuki: 3619 Waialae Ave., Honolulu; and Kailua: 305 Uluniu St., No. 102, Kailua Call: Kaimuki: 734-1700 and Kailua: 262-1900
OWNER: Chris Chan
BENEFITS: Full-time employees receive health and dental insurance.
RECOGNITION: Honored for serving up some of the “Best Smoothies” in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser‘s 2017 Hawaii’s Best People’s Choice Awards.