Postcards Café: Cuisine inspired by travel.
Chef Javier Melendez joins Postcards Café with a wealth of knowledge having worked in the Culinary industry for over 18 years. His impressive career includes working for celebrity chefs such as Nobu Matsuhisa in New York, Alain Ducasse in Puerto Rico and most recently Jean-Georges Vongerichten here in Hawaii.
To Chef Javi, it’s all about combining the best flavors using in-season local ingredients while applying French and Japanese techniques. His dishes show off favorite flavor profiles picked up from his trips to various parts of Asia, and combining this with his natural affinity for Caribbean and Spanish Cuisine.
So let Chef Javi and his team take you through a total sensory experience and hopefully, Postcards Cafe becomes a place where time stops and memories begin.
Our T-shirts have been spotted all over the world. Maybe we’re a little famous for our superbly prepared seafood and our gourmet vegetarian cuisine. We serve truly exceptional fresh meals with an abundance of organic ingredients, including island-grown produce. We use no refined sugar, or foods with chemical additives. Many of our dishes are vegan (no eggs or dairy) or can be customized for you.
A Little Hanalei History
Our plantation cottage was first built in the 1860’s…
by Ho Pak Yet and his wife, who as teenage newlyweds sailed from China to work on Hawaiian plantations. Later they prospered as sandalwood traders with their own ship. They settled in Hanalei to grow rice and raise their five children (descendants still live nearby). They built this house and another, plus a few structures that took on varying identities: coffee shop, saloon, bakery, tailor shop, general store, and mah-jongg casino.
A century later, this lone surviving cottage was turned into the Hanalei Museum. But age took its toll…and 1992’s powerful Hurricane Iniki dealt the final blow.
We rebuilt an exact replica of the structure, and opened the Postcards Restaurant in 1996.
We hope that its history and charm, and a stellar dining experience, will enhance your enjoyment of beautiful Kauai.