Blending Cultures and Flavors
Jodie Chiemi Ching
First came love, then marriage and then a coffee shop in SALT at Our Kaka‘ako — Honolulu’s hottest new community for foodies. Together, Stephen and Tracey Seta are the coffee and food-geek power couple behind 9Bar HNL, a specialty coffee shop with fresh-baked goods and made-to-order breakfasts served all day long.
“I went to California for college, where I met my future wife (Tracey, a California native) and spent 16 years experiencing the varieties of cultures, foods and concepts,” explained Stephen, a Punahou grad. “During my years in California, I found Tracey and I were drawn to developing urban areas and the transitions they made from rundown and old to updated and fresh. These new areas always had the most interesting and modern eateries, which Tracey and I would frequently visit on the weekends.”