Become a Franchisee


We are here to guide you through the amazing but some times arduous task of becoming a cafe owner.

Ja and Robb

Islands Cafe owners,


Sometimes I think, was it all a dream, did that actually happened? The people, the place, the waves! Five winters, and four summers spent learning how to survive on Hawaii’s North Shore. What the surf world has dubbed The Seven Mile Miracle. The North Shore of Oahu is home to the best surf breaks on the planet. If you’re a surfer I highly recommended that you make the pilgrimage to this holly land of surfing in your lifetime. On my 23rd birthday after surviving cancer I made mine.

When I left Vancouver I knew nothing about surfing, or even if I would like it. My earliest memories are of growing up in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. While most kids were dreaming of the NHL, I was dreaming of getting perfect barrels somewhere tropical. The only surfing outlet I remember at that age was a Surfer Magazine my friend’s dad had brought home with him from a vacation he went on to California. Those images are still burned into my mind much like the many great rides I had during my time spent in Hawaii.

One of surfing and Hawaii’s ambassadors Makua Rothman is often heard saying when asked about the over crowded tourism now plaguing the North Shore,
“Come visit our beautiful Islands and enjoy their Aloha sprit of Hawaii, but please don’t forget to go home.”
In 2008 I felt it was my time to go home. Five years of paradise, and just like that I was back in White Rock, BC.

The time I spent in Hawaii was amazing, the people I met even more amazing, and the food, drinks, and culture are a huge part of who I am today. I enjoy healthy, good, clean tasting food, that is served fast and contains quality ingredients. That part of me will never change and therefore Islands Café was created. My wife Jalene who also spent a lot of time in Hawaii with me, joined me in this venture to give our community of White Rock a Café they could be stoked about. The Café focuses on the main staples we loved while in Hawaii, they are all super nutritious and all taste amazing.

The first big hurtle was finding the exact recipe to make our Poke taste exactly like the Kahuku Superette's.

Poke Bowls were a way of life in Hawaii. If you surfed everyday, which most North Shore residents did, the body needed real energy - it craves it. The lean and clean Ahi provides the best protein to heal sore and torn muscle fibers, and the taste is undeniable. Many trips east to the town of Kahuku to grab a Poke Bowl and a cold beer from the Superette after a long surf somewhere along the 7-mile.

Our most popular item at Islands Café is the North Shore Acai Bowl. For five months I worked in the most popular smoothie shack in Hawaii, and as far as I know the first to bring the Brazilian berry bowl to Hawaii. They all came, John John Florence, Kelly Slater, Jack Johnson, even movie stars would show up like Tom Hanks, and Adam Sandler for an Acai Bowl. But mostly it was the local surfers who lined up daily to get there fix of healthy glucose sugars, and organic granola giving their bodies the needed energy to charge massive waves.

The North Shore was also known for some really amazing parties. The big charity events at Wiamea Bay, reggae nights in Haleiwa, or The annual Lifeguard Party on Halloween. The next morning you were hurting and the best place for comfort food was Ted’s Bakery at Sunset Beach for a breakfast sandwich and Kona coffee.

Our Ted’s breakfast sandwich is a more healthy version of the original but we kept the main ingredients the same and our coffee is always 100% Hawaiian.

One of our newest additions to our Cafe is our Roaster, which will now allow us to bring you a more local product with the same Hawaiian origins.

Every good food establishment should have a great story behind it, and we invite you to now be a part of this ongoing journey!


Robb Harding

Info package

$35,000 cafe and franchise fee
Optional: +$10,000 for liquor operations for after dark happy hour.

Annual franchise fee includes:

1% annual royalty based on earned revenue
*Example: $600k revenue = $6000 annual fee.
1% earned revenue for marketing contribution
1% renovation allowance

Total 3% Annual franchise fee of earned revenue.

Average cost for cafe: 120 - 250k (depending on location and build out)
*30% of owner equity required for most bank loans of this size.


Islands Cafe turn key cafe will supply the following start up tools

Loan assistance
Lease negotiation support
Design and build out support
Appliance support
Food plan and liquor license support
System integration for payments, menu, mobile ordering, wifi, music, online revenue tracking, online food costing.
Food suppliers and inventory control
Operations manual detailing all levels of operations.
Online staff scheduling and payment systems
Staff and manager training including online training quizzes and training videos for easy pre training.

and more...



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