About Koko Kai Yogurt

Koko Kai Yogurt came from an idea and inspiration to develop a high quality, European style, gut friendly dairy free/plant based yogurt without all the fillers, gums, starches and sugars present in most yogurts in America. 

As the world was shutting down in March 2020 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. Through numerous recipe tests and hard work, we are proud to say we’ve successfully made our dream a reality in Koko Kai Coconut yogurt – our very own, made in Hawaii yogurt.

We work closely with farmers to source our flavorings across the islands to bring you the only locally made, dairy free yogurt.

We hope you enjoy Koko Kai Yogurt.

Aline & Jon

Our Mission

Our Mission is to craft our Coconut Yogurts with integrity and principles by sourcing ingredients from fair trade farmers, as well as supporting the environment and our local community by putting people and the planet first.

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.

Click here to find out where to recycle your Koko Kai Jars!
3072
Number of Jars returned since April 2021
180
Donations received at Farmers Market
1897
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?