L1 Iniki Popcorn brings its sweet and salty treats to Kapālama Kai

Family-owned and -operated L1 Iniki Popcorn opened its fourth location at Kapālama Center with boba, crackseed and its well-known popcorn

HONOLULU, HI (Jan. 20, 2023) – Kapālama Kai welcomes L1 Iniki Popcorn to the district known for its food and beverage manufacturing and distribution. The O‘ahu-based chain opened its largest location at Kamehameha Schools’ (KS) Kapālama Center on Dec. 28. The 800-square-foot shop offers a seating area and free WiFi for customers to enjoy an assortment of gourmet and specialty popcorns, crackseed, and boba drinks.

“We are excited to bring L1 Iniki Popcorn to Kapālama Kai! This is an opportunity to expand to an area already thriving with small businesses,” said Mei Chen, owner of L1 Iniki Popcorn.

L1 Iniki Popcorn is a family-owned and operated business. The Chen’s immigrated to Hawai‘i from China in 2007. In 2011, they opened the original popcorn stand at Windward Mall and have since opened two more locations in Pearlridge Center. L1 Iniki Popcorn is best known for its volcano popcorn, which includes butter, furikake and mochi crunch. Its popcorn lei are also very popular, especially during graduation season.

“Kamehameha Schools prides itself on providing opportunities for small, local businesses to thrive,” said Haunani Fujimoto, director of leasing with KS. “We welcome L1 Iniki Popcorn to our tenant ‘ohana in Kapālama Kai, and look forward to having their ‘ono popcorn and treats available for community members and visitors to enjoy!”

L1 Iniki Popcorn joins a diverse group of tenants in Kapālama Kai that support Hawai‘i’s food systems industry. KS is focused on growing healthy and accessible food in Hawaiʻi by creating opportunities in production, processing and consumption on its lands.

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About L1 Iniki Popcorn

L1 Iniki Popcorn opened in 2011 at Windward Mall under the name “I want Candy.” The small, family-owned business would go on to open two other locations at Pearlridge Mall in 2016. L1 Iniki Popcorn sells a variety of sweet and salty treats, including gourmet and specialty popcorn, crackseed, and boba drinks. Learn more at or connect with them on Facebook and Instagram (@l1inikipopcorn).

About Kapālama Kai

Made up of 104 acres of Kamehameha Schools commercial lands in the Kapālama ahupuaʻa, Kapālama Kai is an area of imminent renewal contributing to community resiliency within and beyond the region. It is a place of innovation based on the area’s existing connectivity and relationships, with ‘āina and culture as a foundation for realizing a safe, inclusive mixed-use community. Kamehameha Schools envisions stimulating Hawai‘i’s food systems, creative industries, and adding much-needed housing for kama‘āina. Learn more at  and connect via Facebook and Instagram (@kapalamakai).