In a world with an endless amount of candy, treats, and processed food, fruit–pure and without additives–is a little under-appreciated. But in the heart of Waikiki in Honolulu, Henry Takahashi has been preserving love for fruit for thirty years... without preservatives of course.
Henry’s Place is a family run produce stand, the epitome of a hole in the wall, and not the type of place you'd expect to find among the luxury condos and high end retail shops lining the streets of Honolulu. Although it’s evolved a bit over three decades, through three moves, and a changing customer base, Henry’s Place still sells, primarily, fruit.
But it gets tastier. With a small homestyle ice cream maker, Henry whips up about 100 servings of ice cream made right in the shop each day. Local flavors like Kona coffee, coconut, mango, and guava are made without any artificial flavoring and with pure, whole food ingredients. For $5, this treat can’t be beat.
Like most tight knit families, Henry’s magic with fruit was passed down through the generations. His father started out selling hand picked fruit out of his truck in the 1940s and '50s, before selling fruit at swap meets. In 1982 the mobile business became stationary when Henry himself opened the shop. Today, Henry’s Place is nestled near Waikiki Beach and is a must stop when in town.