Food La La: Press your luck at Shaka Pressed Juice

Jul. 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

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BY LINDSEY MURAOKA / Special to the Star-Advertiser

Shaka Pressed Juice is a new cold-pressed juicery that opened last month at 3118 Monsarrat Ave. Owned and operated by husband and wife Juri Ko Edwards and Keegan Edwards, their goal is to provide customers with healthy food choices.

All produce used is organic, locally grown (when possible) and cold-pressed daily in the store. Cold-pressed juice preserves nutrients that mimic the natural chewing process. There are no preservatives or pasteurization involved. The vegetable scraps from the juices are donated to Waimanalo farms to be used as fertilizer.

Juri Ko Edwards was born in Tokyo and moved to Hawaii after graduating from college. She became a yoga teacher and now teaches at CorePower Yoga.

“I want to create a healthy lifestyle community with our juice and through yoga” she said. She is also an avid surfer and met her husband at the beach. Keegan began surfing when he was 5 years old and turned pro when he was 18.

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The Green Detoxer ($9.50) is their most popular and signature juice with celery, kale, bok choi, mizuna, watercress, cucumber and lemon.

“It’s very addicting and people will keep coming back once they try it,” said Juri Ko Edwards.

She’s right. It has a savory taste that makes you want to keep drinking. Out of all the juices that I tried, this one was my favorite!

Another popular juice is the Apple Ginjah ($8.99) with apple, lemon and ginger. It has the right combination of lip smacking sweet and sour flavors.

The HorShaka ($7.99) is one of the drinks that contains almonds. It also includes alkaline water, dates and cinnamon. It’s creamy and smooth with just a little sweetness. I like that the drinks here are not overly sweet.

“We have one-, three- or five-day juice cleanses” Juri Ko Edwards said. “There’s an option to have it with our without an organic vegan salad.”

Juice cleanses are great for detoxing, cleansing your digestive system and immunity boosting. The juice cleanse comes in a cute Shaka cooler bag.

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Shaka Pressed Juice also offers organic granola, trail mix and salads by executive chef Tate Nakano Edwards of Honolulu Baking Company. The Shaka Salad ($8.50) is refreshing and tangy. It has quinoa, raisins, kale, cucumber, carrots and corn.

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Shaka Pressed Juice is open weekdays from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and weekends from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Visit www.shakapressedjuice.com.
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Lindsey Muraoka blogs about all things vegetarian for the Pulse. Follow her on Twitter or email her at foodlalablog@gmail.com.

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