Arguably the hottest gathering spot in the Kakaako neighborhood is Arvo, the Aussie-style cafe housed alongside the botanical boutique Paiko and surf shop Milo. Creative couple Dixie and Mason Rose, as well as Dixie’s sister Casey Wiggins, have created a laid-back cafe with hip Honolulu flair. Oh, and the picture-perfect flat whites, avocado toast, matcha pudding and Sunday Supply Co. umbrellas are an Instagrammers dream.

Every third Monday is Mama Monday, where moms are encouraged to bring their littles, and the new nitro cold-brew bike and takeaway coffee window give Arvo even more street cred. “On Fridays we do a coffee and blooms special with Paiko using all locally grown flowers from Ho Farms, so it feels really good to be able to support local,” Dixie says. Up next? “We have a super exciting cup collab with a swimwear label, and we are bringing a DJ back for brunch!” she adds.

Dixie juggles Arvo and being a mom to two young kids, so it’s no surprise that she’s partial to the Diamond Head and Kakaako neighborhoods, where she lives and works, respectively.

Below, Dixie gives us the inside scoop of some of her favorite Honolulu hot spots.

Dixie and Mason Rose

HOW LONG HAVE YOU LIVED IN DIAMOND HEAD? We moved here a year ago!  Always had our heart set on this area.

WHAT’S THE BEST PART OF RAISING YOUR KIDS IN DIAMOND HEAD? The school district is really great here and they get to grow up being a tourist and local in a way, since it’s so close to Waikiki. They will always remember just how lucky they are to grow up here!


WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD? Everything! Being able to walk to the beach, the zoo and the farmers’ markets…plus, watching Friday night fireworks from our balcony is pretty cool.

FAVORITE SHOPS IN HONOLULU: I really love Paiko, they do such an awesome job curating everything.  I love my friends’ stores: Owens & Co and Aloha Suprette. Some of my best wardrobe pieces were from Jen [Binney, owner of Aloha Superette].

FAVORITE EATERIES/CAFES: ARS Cafe, Bills (their interior is so great), Olive Tree Café and I think Suntory is the best for Japanese food, hands down.

Bills Waikiki

HIDDEN GEM(S): The Makapuu tidepools, late night Yanagi Sushi special

GO-TO BEACH: Waimanalo or Waikiki

WEEKEND AGENDA: We usually go down and have brekky at Arvo.  Weekends are so relaxed and fun.  If I don’t end up getting stuck there, we do the beach, Kapiolani Park, or grab an acai bowl from the Diamond Head Cove Health Bar while the girls hang by the pool and the boys practice some sort of break dance choreography together.

 Dixie Rose
Our tip: After your caffeine fix at Arvo, don’t forget to check out this year’s POW! WOW! murals, including Mason’s, which at the corner of Cooke Street and Pohukaina Street.

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