Kaneohe Ranch

Hawaii’s Crepes No Ka Oi expanding Kailua restaurant, menu

September 26, 2013
By Jenna Blakely

Crepes No Kai Oi plans to move to a larger space in new retail space at 143 Hekili St. in Kailua. This rendering shows the new building, which is being developed by Kaneohe Ranch.

Crepes No Ka Oi plans to move to a larger space in new retail space at 143 Hekili St. in Kailua. This rendering shows the new building, which is being developed by Kaneohe Ranch.

Fans of the “ultimate breakfast crepe” from Kailua’s Crepes No Ka Oi may not have to wait in as long of a line on Sunday mornings anymore; the restaurant is moving into bigger Kailua digs by January and applying for its liquor license to add mimosas to its menu.

The popular crepes restaurant isn’t moving far, but it will be a big move for the business, from 131 Hekili St. to a 1,118-square-foot space at 143 Hekili St., that will increase its seating capacity by about 50 percent, including a larger outdoor seating area.

“The decision has really been a team effort with a lot of encouragement from our regulars to move to a bigger space,” co-owner and operator Chris Tarvyd said in a statement. “Fortunately, we have been received so wonderfully and kindly, so we’d like to listen to our customers.”

Crepes No Ka Oi will join tenants such as Peet’s Coffee & Tea and swimwear boutique Splash! Hawaii at the 143 Hekili St. property, a building being developed by Kaneohe Ranch.

Kimo Steinwascher, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Kaneohe Ranch, added that the new location will be a smart move for Crepes No Ka Oi, which attracts both local residents who come from all over the island, and tourists who come from the Mainland, Australia, Italy, and France.

“Customers love Crepes No Ka ‘Oi. It has been a wonderful addition to our Kailua community,” he said.

Tarvyd noted that the restaurant has been seeing an increase in the number of Japanese visitors lately as well. But, aside from adding space to serve more hungry diners, Tarvyd and his wife, Kakay, decided it was a good time to expand their menu offerings as well, noting that customers can expect the menu to be about 30 percent bigger.