About Koko Kai Yogurt

After a trip to New Zealand and Australia in 2019, where excellent dairy free Coconut yogurts are widely available, we were inspired!  Unfortunately, at the time, our busy lifestyle and jobs did not allow us to formerly put a plan together to create such a product on the island. 

Flash forward to March 2020, and the onset of Covid-19 related shutdowns. Aline’s successful private Chef business came to a screeching halt and Jon’s web development projects slowed down as well. With time on our hands and no place to go, we decided it was time to put our passion and skills to good use. We have worked hard since then to bring the inspiration back to our islands and produce our very own, made in Hawaii coconut yogurt. After months of testing, some recipe successes and some failures; Koko Kai Organic Coconut yogurt was born. 

We are proud to work with farmers from around the islands to bring you the only product of this type made in Hawaii and using the freshest local ingredients whenever possible.

“KOKO” short for Coconut and a shout out to Koko Head in East Honolulu, and “KAI” from being lucky to live by the Ocean (Kai is ocean in Hawaiian).

The two passionate people behind Koko Kai Yogurt are Chef Aline, who has been a private chef in Honolulu since 2008. Aline wanted to create a plant forward, delicious product as she pursued nutrition education. After a decade of serving healthy foods, Aline became certified as a Holistic Nutritionist in March 2020. Jon, an experienced web designer with 15+years of web development and programming experience, and of course Yogurt lover, has put his creative mind behind the visual and packaging as well as being an integral part in recipe development of our Coconut Yogurt flavors and products.

Our Goal

Our goal is to grow our brand throughout the Hawaiian Islands, sharing nutrition and goodness through our local markets, direct sales, and locally owned shops who support our community. We also wish to continue making our coconut yogurt, right here in Hawaii, supporting our local farmers and featuring their harvests.

Our Commitment to the Environment

We believe that active and responsible citizenship can make a successful company even stronger. We are committed to sustainable development through environmental protection, social responsibility, and economic progress. We are dedicated to minimizing the impact of our actions on future generations and on the environment.

In the development, manufacturing, and delivery of our products, it is our policy to:

  • Reduce waste, reuse materials, and recycle whenever possible in both our office and manufacturing operations
  • Promote awareness of sustainable products and practices by working with partner organizations that share our green values
  • Encourage our employees to be responsible, green citizens
  • Proactively collaborate with environmental leaders and our community at large to develop new and innovative environmental initiatives

Giving Back

Since we started Koko Kai Yogurt we have always supported efforts to reduce our dependence on single-use plastics. We want to do our part to prevent further damage to our environment and our waterways, which is why all of our delicious dairy free yogurts are bottled exclusively in reusable glass jars. We encourage customers to return their empty bottles to us, so we can wash, sanitize and reuse them, thereby not only reducing the amount of trash headed to the landfill, but also cutting pollution associated with shipping these containers thousands of miles across the ocean.

Starting in April 2021 Koko Kai Yogurt has implemented a policy of donating 100% of tips received at Farmers Market and 50 cents for every glass jar returned to us, for environmental groups that directly work toward keeping our planet and our islands cleaner, greener, and more pollution free. We are currently partnering up with 808 Cleanups and the Oahu chapter of the Surfrider Foundation who both work hard to protect and our ocean, waves and beaches.

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Number of Jars returned since April
97
Donations received at Farmers Market
705
Money raised for Environmental Groups

How about them Coconuts?

Coconuts are highly nutritious and rich in fibre, vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5 and B6 and minerals including iron, selenium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous.

Unlike cow’s milk, Coconut Milk is lactose free so can be used as a milk substitute by those with lactose intolerance. It is a popular choice with vegans and makes a great base for smoothies, milkshakes or as a dairy alternative in baking.

Coconuts contain significant amounts of fat, but unlike other nuts, they provide fat that is mostly in the form of medium chain saturated fatty acids (MCFAs) in particular, lauric acid. Lauric acid is converted in the body into a highly beneficial compound called monolaurin, an antiviral and antibacterial.

MCFAs are rapidly metabolised into energy in the liver. It is thought that unlike other saturated fats, MCFAs are used up more quickly by the body and are less likely to be stored as fat. This does not exempt them from contributing to heart disease – they are still a fat – but they have a different effect than saturated fats.

Ready to try your new favorite yogurt?