New Cafe Spotlights Local, Sustainable Goods

Michael Zhang's Blue Hawaii Cafe to Expand Worldwide

New Cafe Spotlights Local, Sustainable Goods

As most retailers strive to remain open during these waning "hunker down" months, Michael Zhang has taken Blue Hawaii LifeStyle Café to unprecedented heights. This month, he opens a second location, at 1111 Bishop Street in downtown Honolulu, while plans for a third store, to open in San Francisco—are slated for May 2010.

The rub? Blue Hawaii LifeStyle aims to promote all the healthy, organic, home-grown and sustainable wares found in the State of Hawaii. From their in-store smoothies and Acai bowls, to books, music, nutrition supplements, spa products and clothing—Blue Hawaii has a bit of everything.

Best yet, all cups and utensils, which upon first glance appear to be petro-based plastics, are actually corn-derived products that biodegrade with ease. All take-away cups can either be composted or recycled. The store's floor is made from natural cork, and sealed with a plant-based coating. The list of "greenery" goes on.

The (new) Bishop Street and (2 years old) Ala Moana Shopping Center (located in the Nordstrom expansion wing) locations both serve sandwiches, locally harvested coffee, granola and iced teas. The cafés occasionally feature speakers, artists and performers.

Zhang, a former nuclear physicist, made waves in Hawaii when he bought Blue Hawaii Surf outdoor apparel and surfboard company, turning it from a faltering business into a profit machine. The cafes are an extension of his penchant for creating a retail environment that is good for Hawai`i, and good for business.

Zhang's Blue Hawaii Lifestyle web site claims to plan on opening 50 locations between Hawaii, mainland U.S., China and Japan within five years. San Francisco's Embarcadero shop will be followed by Shanghai (2011), Beijing and Guangzhou.

Visit www.BlueHawaiiLifestyle.com for more information.

Zhang's Blue Hawaii Lifestyle web site claims to plan on opening 50 locations between Hawaii, mainland U.S., China and Japan within five years.