It all started WITH SHAVE ICE
Our humble beginning took place summer of 2009. Bend’s college student Andy Harlin, spent a season in Hawaii where he used all of his spare time surfing and adrenaline seeking all over beautiful Maui. He and his college friends often gathered all of their spare change to visit a Hawaiian Shave Ice Shack. Upon returning to Bend, he brought back the dream; to bring a piece of Hawaii back with him!
It was then that he built a food cart by hand, painted it bright green, parked it on Galveston Ave and opened one of Bend’s first and original food carts, “Dakine Grindz Hawaiian Shave Ice”. And so, it began with a passion to spread Aloha and serve authentic Hawaiian Shave Ice to Bend.
As the years went on, he married his wife Shannon and continued to operate Dakine Grindz every summer. Together they grew a family, expanded to two trailers and participated in all of the wonderful festivities, events, and catering that Bend Summers have to offer.
Saying good bye to everyone that they had shared summer time with was always a sad time. It was a prayer and dream to one day have a brick and mortar shop that would never close doors.
Shortly after opening Dakine Grindz, Andy landed a marketing internship with Volcom in Costa Mesa, California. Days were spent immersed in the action sports culture; lots of surfing and skateboarding. During this time, he made an exciting discovery for acai, its complex nutritional properties and the incredible health benefits from the super foods that compliment acai bowls. It wasn’t long before they returned to Bend and began making them at home.
In later winter months, the Harlins relocated to Kona, Hawaii to serve at Youth With a Mission while relishing an active outdoor lifestyle. A new passion arose in exploring Kona coffee fields and the beautiful process of seed to cup. Acai Bowls and coffee were a part of every day; the perfect pair and their favorite fuel source to support their active lifestyle. A means of nurture to the soul as they shared them over fellowship with friends and family.
Spring of 2015 the dream became a reality. With answered prayer and a big step of faith, construction began to a 1920’s home on Galveston Ave, only blocks from Dakine’s original food cart location; future home to Kanona Café. Andy and Shannon poured their heart and soul into every detail of the building. The space reflects their story and love for friends, community and active outdoor lifestyle.
We have crafted a menu offering a variety of balanced and healthy food choices that nourish the body, satisfy the sweet tooth and give you an experience that inspires you. Kanona is a dream that we lived out and it is our wish to inspire everyone walk through our doors to live their dreams. We continue to passionately strive to spread the Aloha and facilitate a source to nurture both the body and soul.