Lanikai Juice’s cold-pressed beverages bring one writer back to her flavorful childhood.
Text by Lisa Yamada | Image by Rachel Halemanu
In 1996, my parents started juicing. They spent $250 on a twin-gear Green Power juice extractor, with a tagline on its promotional brochure that read, “the standard by which all other juicer [sic] are measured.” A few years later, they dropped $2,000 on a Norwalk hydraulic press juicer, considered by many to be the best on the planet. Twice a week, they’d pulverize beets, ginger, bell peppers, greens, parsley, and a 50-pound bag of carrots. My mother spent hours grinding veggies into a pulpy soup, scooping them into cloth bags and waiting for the hydraulic lift to press the pulp-filled bags into pints and pints of vegetable juice.
It was potent stuff: slightly bitter from the greens and parsley at the start, a powerful kick from the ginger at the finish. My father had read a book or something of the sort about the power of raw foods, and when a cough I had for months finally subsided after a three-day diet that consisted of only his miraculous juice concoction, he was convinced of its health effects. From that point forward, he made me drink the juice twice a day—a cup in the morning and a thermos packed with lunch.
Back then, I didn’t know that my parents were way ahead of their time or that their method of cold-pressed juicing would be so on point today. Unlike traditional juicers, which utilize quickly spinning blades that can get hot and decrease nutrients, cold-pressed juicers do not add heat, an omission thought to make a more nutritious juice.
Of course, like many of the things our parents try to impress upon us, I took their juicing regiment for granted. It is only too ironic, then, that today I will gladly fork over $10 for a 16-ounce bottle of Lanikai Juice’s cold-pressed Glow n’ Green juice (made with celery, romaine, parsley, kale, dandelion, cucumber, and pineapple) and guzzle it down. It has the same freshly squeezed taste as the concoction my parents would make.
For those ready to devote themselves to the cause, Lanikai Juice also offers Wiki Wiki juice cleanses for novice and experienced users, during which they consume six difference kinds of juices for one, two, or three days. Whether you’re looking to kick-start the beginning of a healthier lifestyle, or boost your immune system like I did all those years ago, a juice cleanse can inspire wellness and mental clarity. Plus, the blends of fruits and vegetables make for ice-cold drinks you can feel good about. At least that’s what dad would say.
Lanikai Juice is located in Our Kaka‘ako at 680 Ala Moana Blvd. For more information, call 808-262-2378 or visit lanikaijuice.com.