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Fruitarian Restaurant Opens in Hilo

October 31, 2020, 1:30 PM HST
* Updated November 9, 7:49 AM
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Papa’s Fast-Fruit Restaurant (PC: Kay Chi)

A fruitarian restaurant opened in Hilo a few days ago.

Kay Chi, owner and founder of Papa’s Fast-Fruit and Restaurant, claims to be the state’s only establishment focused solely on the raw diet of local fruits, leaves and flowers.

“I wanted to offer people a healthy option,” Chi said.

Located at 330 Kamehameha Ave., Chi moved from Kaua‘i back to the Big Island a few months ago to start his restaurant, despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. While business has been slow, Chi said he looks forward to tomorrow and the weeks to come.

Currently, on a vegan diet, Chi plans to eliminate all cooked foods and go full fruitarian.

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“It’s (restaurant) is as much for my own health as it is for the fruitarian community,” Chi explained.

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Papa’s is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit https://www.restaurantji.com/hi/hilo/papas-fast-fruit-restaurants-/.

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