About Us

Papaya’s Passion is to help you become a better you…
for yourself, your community and your planet

We believe in gratitude, growth, & choices

We believe there are no right answers, no perfect diet, perfect food, or perfect person

We believe in individuals and the uniqueness of each other.

We believe community is essential and that we all have something to contribute

We believe everyone deserves good health

We are here for you!

The Leech Family, Papaya's Natural Foods

Eli, Jessica, Sequoia & Zeb

Our Story

Papaya's Market & Cafe - the original location


Papaya’s opened in Kauai Village

The Leech family, owners of Papaya's Natural Foods

May 1998

Leech family relocates to Kauai and buys Papaya’s Natural Foods

Jessica and Lenny Leech, owners of Papaya's Natural Foods


1st Anniversary Celebrated

Papaya's Wheel


The Wheel

Papaya's Truck at Polihale



Papaya's 2002 Renovation


First expansion for more vitamins & produce

Papaya's Natural Foods & Cafe in Hanalei

Sept 2004

Opened second location on the North Shore

Papaya's Natural Foods in Kauai Village, old location


Second expansion for more vitamins & produce

Papaya's 10 year anniversary celebration


10th year Anniversary

Retailer of the Year award, Jessica Leech, Papaya's Natural Foods


Papaya’s named Retailer of the Year



Sold second location to partners

NON GMO Project


Became a Non GMO project sponsor

2012 Taste of Hawaii, Sequoia


Supporting The Kapa’a Rotary at Taste of Hawaii for another year

Independent Natural Food Retailers Association


Joined INFRA

Community Appreciate Day


4th Annual Community Appreciation Day

    Brown rice, fish and salad


    5th Annual Community Appreciation Day

      25 years in Kapaa - Now...Even Better


      Papaya's Natural Foods under construction


      Construction of new store

      Papaya's Storefront
      Feb 2017

      Moved to our current location on Kuhio Hwy

      “Thank You…for helping us become…even better!”

      Awards from Best of Kauai 

      “Owning Papaya’s has allowed me to help people discover new ways of eating or preparing foods they have no experience with. One of my favorite customers is one that has never stepped inside a natural food store, but they have eliminated something from their diet for health, environmental or ethical reasons and they don’t know where to turn. We show them that you can make small changes without sacrificing everything you are used to.”

      – Jessica Leech
      Owner of Papaya’s Natural Foods

      Non GMO Logo
      Yelp Logo
      Independent Natural Food Retailers
      Best of Kauai