screenhunter_09-oct-13-16-45Homemade recipes of goodness Expect to get energized, body and soul, when you enter the doors of The Original Banzai Bowls, a specialty restaurant which opened its doors in February at 59-186 Kamehameha Highway, Haleiwa, next to Sunset Beach Chevron. Banzai Bowls creates handcrafted bowls and smoothies from 100% nonGMO organic acai and pitaya, a variety of other natural and tropical fruits, raw honey, and superfoods such as maca powder, bee pollen, and chia. Store hours are 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday, and 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. Sunday.

With a price range of $7 to $15, each bowl contains a full meal of healthy goodness prepared by hand in a multi-step process that may take a little time but well worth the wait. No fillers here. What you see and savor is what you get. Co-owners Tiana and Joe Bard pride themselves in offering only the highest quality ingredients. Both surf and live active lifestyles, so nutritious foods that fuel vitality are important to them. All Banzai Bowls recipes come from their own kitchen, and creativity is ongoing. Tiana was born and raised here, spending her childhood on Pupukea and graduating from Punahou School.

After going to University of San Diego, she went to work in the area at a shoe company where she met Joe. They worked alongside each other as co-workers and friends for a year and a half before their romance blossomed. Later, she worked in the fashion and he in the surfing industry. Throughout their relationship, bowls have been their go-to meal with inspiration the key ingredient. Finally, in 2009, they decided to make a go of it as a business. “Our goal was to have five stores in five years,” Tiana says. “But we always wanted to come back to this community.”

Five stores opened in California – in Costa Mesa, Laguna Beach, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach and San Clemente. Then Banzai Bowls opened its Sunset Beach location on the North Shore earlier this year and held its grand opening on July 23rd. Besides formally introducing themselves to the community, the Bards presented the North Shore Lifeguard Association Junior Guards a check for $16,500 to pay for the guards to fly to Maui for the Junior Lifeguard State Championships. They also gave $7,000 to Friends of Sunset Beach, a nonprofit organization that helps fund the arts program at Sunset Elementary School. In addition, they announced the creation of an exclusive menu item, “Friends of Sunset Beach Bowl,” with proceeds of each one sold benefitting the arts charity.

Giving back is part of the Bards’ business philosophy. They recently contributed $5,000 to the North Shore Chamber of Commerce and became a platinum sponsor. They have also supported their California communities. Most recently they partnered with a San Clemente surf camp to provide five scholarships so inner-city kids could attend. Any cause associated with children, community, and environment is close to their hearts. Joe says, “We do not aim to be rich. We’re already rich when it comes to our family.” Their businesses now employ more than 100 workers.

The couple feels lucky they are able to own their own business and work for themselves. It’s not an easy life – it’s 24/7. What they earn is invested back into the business and the communities they serve. However, for the Bards it’s all about family. They have three children – Kaven, 5 months; Koa, 3; and Kaia, 5. With ohana, community, and each other, it’s all they need. Their next horizon? To move back to the North Shore. With drive like theirs, there’s no doubt it will one day be a reality.