We have been extra busy in the kitchen working on all sorts of bagel projects. In 2017 we were blessed to offer bagels through eight different locations, including our usual Captain Cook Sunday Farmer’s Market. This wouldn’t have been possible without the help of our strong community here on the island working to support each other as small, local, and sustainable business. Making the best bagels in Hawaii is a lot of work, but it is made easier with wonderful customers and collaborators.
This year we are moving into 2018 with a new pop-up on Saturdays at the Keauhou Farmers Market from 8am-12pm at the Keauhou Shopping Plaza. This market is located in front of Long’s Drugs and features a diverse group of farmers, makers, fisherman, butchers, and more with ample produce and delicious food.
Join us as support small, support local, and support farmers & community here on the Big Island.
It’s been a great year for Yo Bagels! We started offering bagels on the Big Island of Hawaii in August 2016 and we have more than tripled our production. A lot of people now ask us, “Where else can I find Yo Bagels!?”
Here is the current list (Updated 2/22/18):
- ‘Iwa Cafe in Kealakekua: This great little cafe opened in 2017 as a space for thinkers and artists to meet, collaborate, create and enjoy.
- Kona Town Market in Kailua Kona: An amazing grab and go shop right off of Ali’i Drive! This beautiful space has all sorts of last minute items including local food products to pick up while you are on your way. Don’t forget that ice cream!
- Adaptations Fresh Feast CSA: Adaptations offers a made to order seasonal, local, produce box. Imagine a grocery store where you can order online and pick out your favorite local produce. For pick up in Kealakekua or delivery all over the island Sign up here!
- Saturdays at the Keauhou Farmers Market at the Keauhou Shopping Plaza by Long’s Drugs, a great market featuring ample local produce, meat, fish, desserts, and more.
- Sundays at the Pure Kona Green Market in Captain Cook: A super local Farmer’s Market, a favorite spot for South Kona Sundays.
- Kohala Grown Market, a perfect market vending locally grown produce and more in Hawi Town
- Hualalai Trading Company, a coffee epicure’s delight for coffee tasting flights and tasty breakfast & lunch at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai
- Holuakoa Cafe in historic Holualoa Village. On the slopes of Hualalai is the artists’ paradise of Holualoa. Filled with galleries, boutique shops, and tropical vibes, you can sneak away for a cup of Kona Coffee and relax at the Holuakoa Cafe.
Want to know what it takes to make the best bagels in Hawaii?
Start with the bakers:
Aileen and I are from New Jersey and New York, respectively, and neither of us will hesitate to tell you our home states are, collectively, the bagel capital of the world. We founded Yo Bagels with a vision for what the perfect bagel should look and taste like based on years of experience searching out the best bagels on the east coast.
Next comes the recipe:
All bagels are made from the sames basic ingredients: flour, water, salt, and sugar, but the way those ingredients are combined makes all the difference in the world. Yo Bagels are made in the New York/New Jersey style, but with a few secret touches that make them uniquely awesome.
Then there’s process:
Every bagel we make starts it’s life at least 36 hours before it is baked. This gives our dough the time it needs to develop its characteristic flavor and texture. Because we know fresh is best, we start baking before the crack of dawn on market days so our customers get their bagels hot out of the oven. We divide our dough and then individually roll and shape each bagel by hand. Our bagels are then dropped in boiling water to develop their signature crust, topped with our custom seed blends, and baked until golden and delicious.
Sure, you could settle for other bagels, but why settle for less? Yo Bagels are available every Sunday at the Pure Kona Green Market at the Amy B.H. Greenweel Ethnobotanical Garden in Captain Cook, daily at the new and excellent ‘Iwa Cafe in Kealakekua, and whenever and wherever you like by special order.
Yo Bagels, serving up the best bagels on the Big Island!
Aloha Bagel Friends and Fans!
We are doing great at the Sunday Market in Captain Cook. The past few weekends have been very busy and we have been selling out by 12:00!! Mahalo to all our of friends and customers who have continued to support us on our small business journey. We are so grateful for the people in South Kona who love our bagels!
We have some exciting news over the next few weeks so stay tuned.
We are not going to be at the market on Sunday 3/5/17, and Sunday 3/12/17. But we will be back on 3/26/16.
Aloha Bagel Aficionados!
Tomorrow, 12/4/16, is our absolute last bagel day of 2016 before we leave for vacation. Don’t worry, we’ll be back in January. But we will be gone for a whole month! Come by the Pure Kona Green Market for you’re last bite of bagel goodness until after the new year.
Aloha! We had a great experience being part of this year’s Kona Coffee Festival. We pitched our bagel tent at the Holualoa Stroll last Saturday where we got to meet heaps of new customers. Joe and I had to start extra early to get all the bagels ready for the event. It was all worth it because we sold out of everything before 2:00 pm. We are so thankful that we get to share our product with residents and visitors to the Big Island of Hawaii.
We followed the Stroll with a great day at the Pure Kona Green Market in Captain Cook last Sunday. We can’t wait to be there tomorrow with another batch of the best bagels on the Big Island.
Come visit from 9-2, we’ll have all your favorites and a few surprises.
Aloha Bagel Friends!
We had a great Sunday this past week at the Pure Kona Green Market in Captain Cook with the best bagels in Hawaii. We sold out of our fan favorite, Rosemary Honey and Sea Salt early in the day. We also made a few new flavors like Salty Pretzel (perfect for sandwiches), and Chocolate Chip (kids love these!).
We want to let everyone know that Yo Bagels! will be at the Holualoa Stroll this coming Saturday and we are stoked! Come see us on November 5th in Holualoa and on November 6th in Captain Cook! We have the best bagels on the Big Island and we hope to see you there!
Awesome flavors today at the market with lots of requests for our Rosemary Honey and Sea Salt bagel after they sold out. We have some devotees who come back every week for that flavor.
We also served up Caramelized Onion, Herb and Parmesan, and Sweet Coffee Cinnamon as our flavors of the week. With our regular rotation of Everything, Sesame, Poppy, Cinnamon Raisin, and Garlic we have a flavor for everybody.
Hope to see you next week for Bagel Sunday and the best bagels on the Big Island!
Aloha Big Island! Last Sunday, October 9th, 2016, was our best week yet. There were two special flavors, Sweet Coffee Cinnamon and Herb Parmesan. We had lots of return customers and plenty of new faces. We want to thank the community here in Captain Cook for being so supportive of this venture. We love baking these beautiful bagels and are grateful to be able to share them with everyone who visits the market on Sundays.
We want to inform you that Yo Bagels! will not be at market on Sunday, October 16th. We are taking the weekend off. Don’t worry though, we will be back to the South Kona Green Market the following Sunday, October 23rd, 2016 with some awesome flavors. Make sure to check us out and try the best bagels on the Big Island!
We cranked out another big batch of bagels this week for the South Kona Green Market in Captain Cook, Hawaii, on the Big Island. The alarm seemed too early this morning, but we crawled out of bed and managed to make 10 different flavors for the market. This week our new flavor was Herb and Parmesan, with herbs rolled into the dough and aged Parmesan melted on top.
As usual, the everything bagel was the first one to sell out. They were all gone before noon. Make sure to come by our stand before 12:00 to get the best selection of flavors.
Today we are wiped out, but we can’t wait for next week! Hope to see you there to try to the best bagels on the Big Island!