It’s back. With a loud purr.
Neko Cafe, the Hawaiian Humane Society’s popular pop-up cat cafe where people can purchase food and beverages while cuddling with cats, returns for a second round on Saturday at Mori by Art + Flea at South Shore Market in Ward Village.
“Last year, Neko Cafe at Mori Hawaii was such a success that we wanted to do it again,” said Christina Kam, special events manager for the Humane Society. “We really love to see so many people of all ages coming out to celebrate their love for our feline friends.”
“Neko” is Japanese for “cat,” and the local event was inspired by the popularity of cat cafes in Japan. The first Neko Cafe took place in Honolulu during Adopt-A-Cat Month in June, when hundreds of patrons waited for up to two hours for a turn to pet the cats for a fee.
The Humane Society is teaming up with Mori and Morning Glass Coffee + Cafe for the second time to raise money and hopefully entice patrons to adopt a cat. Cafe hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, when a $5 donation will buy you 15 minutes of quality cat time. Adult felines and kittens will be available for adoption from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis.
Feline-inspired items including earrings, ceramic planters, T-shirts and embroidered pins created by local vendors will be available for purchase from Mori. South Shore Market is at 1170 Auahi St.
Cats available for adoption will be on hand for a snuggle while you enjoy food and beverages for purchase from Morning Glass Coffee from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 28 (adoptions available 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) at Mori by Art + Flea, South Shore Market, 1170 Auahi St. Cost: $5 donation for 15 minutes; reserve a time slot at hawaiianhumane.org or email email@example.com (walk-ins also accepted).