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Hawaii's Java Kai


Providing gourmet coffee blends, iced coffees and natural smoothies with baked goods, Hawaii's Java Kai is a unique franchise opportunity that promotes a relaxed, fun environment. Originating in Hawaii, Java Kai is the brainchild of the husband and wife team, Brent and Jennifer Hickman. Everything from mochas to fruit smoothies to ice cream and breakfast options, Hawaii's Java Kai is a perfect way of bringing the Hawaiian island to mainland customers.

Facts & Figures

Liquid capital required
Net worth required
$125,000 - $355,900
Franchise fee


Java Kai (franchisor name, “Java Kai Etcetera, Inc.”) is a privately owned business by the Hickman family since 1997. Focused on providing quality, locally roasted coffee, fresh beverages and snacks, Hawaii's Java Kai is a Hawaiian centered business that was originally headquartered in Kauai. Today the business has moved to Santa Barbara, California and is looking for franchise opportunities along the western coast of the United States.

Hawaii's Java Kai Franchise Opportunities - History

Founded by Jennifer and Brent Hickman in 1997, Hawaii's Java Kai started in a building built in the 1920s near the Hanalei River in Hawaii. Old Hanalei Coffee Co., founded in 1994, was the original name of the business when the Hickman's bought it, but wanting to start fresh and create their own identity, the couple soon transformed the property and building into what is known today as Java Kai. After opening up one location, the Hickman's soon opened a second location on the south side of Kauai, near Kalapaki Bay. This soon sparked a desire amongst the couple to develop their own roasted coffee and while Brent worked to create the best beans he could his wife Jennifer began forming a brand identity and appealing packaging to harbor her husbands work. After that development the family soon started work on a third location in downtown Kapaa, where tasty gourmet baked goods and fresh juice alongside coffee is available. Known as the first micro coffee brewery in Kauai, Java Kai has become a dream come true for the Hickman family. In 2000 the family began selling franchise locations and today there are over five locations in Hawaii and along the United States West Coast. Hawaii's java Kai is currently looking for franchise partners in Arizona, California, Florida, Hawaii, Nevada Texas, and Oregon.

Hawaii's Java Kai Franchise Cost / Initial Investment / Hawaii's Java Kai

Franchise Income

The initial franchise fee to open a Java Kai location ranges anywhere up to $30,000, which is calculated into the total initial investment which ranges from $125,000 to $355,900. Java Kai has a royalty fee of 6% and provides an array of franchise support as well as training. All franchisee applicants are requested to have a minimum net worth of $300,000 and $80,000 in liquid assets. There is currently no estimated annual revenue for any Hawaii's Java Kai franchise location.

Hawaiis Java Kai Business Opportunities: Other Information

3 in Coffee Shop Winners 2007 Best Coffee Shop in San Diego.


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