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Ka'aloa's Super J's

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83-5409A Mamalahoa Hwy, Captain Cook, Island of Hawaii, HI
808-328-9566
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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Probably the best meal I had on the Big Island

Don't let the size, the humble interior, or the styrofoam plates fool you. Ka'aloa's Super J's is Delicious Traditional Hawaiian food. We tried both lunch plates and everything on them was absolutely delicious. You can really taste the history and culture in this food. Lau Lau Pork and/or Kalua... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 12, 2015
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Hoboken, New Jersey
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Austin, Texas
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

We should have kept driving. We love local Hawaiian food but this was not that great for us. The portions were really small--and not ono, by our laulau standards. Also, the atmosphere was very bleak. We are not fancy people but we don't want to eat surrounded by clutter either. They should put some effort into cleaning up the place... More 

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Kansas City, MO
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470 reviews
374 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Love to support local independent businesses and Super J's definitely fits that bill. This is a small roadside place that is totally family run. We got to meet Janice and she was very nice to us. I had the pork lau lau and my wife had the chicken. I like spicy so was happy to use the chili water Janice... More 

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Hoboken, New Jersey
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40 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Don't let the size, the humble interior, or the styrofoam plates fool you. Ka'aloa's Super J's is Delicious Traditional Hawaiian food. We tried both lunch plates and everything on them was absolutely delicious. You can really taste the history and culture in this food. Lau Lau Pork and/or Kalua Pig!!!! It's worth the food adventure to stop here.

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La Canada Flintridge, California
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

This is not a five star restaurant, but it is a 5 rated TripAdvisor stop! Don't be intimated by the folksy setup -- it's all good. The menu is Inn-n-Out Burger simple -- you get your choice of pork, beef or chicken laulau -- truly authentic Hawaiian food! As others have said, you feel as if you are in their... More 

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Napa, California
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21 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

The chicken laulau were great, but I suggest getting them a la carte, not on the lunch plate which is a lot of filler. Overall great experience as the restaurant is literally a semi-converted living room. The people were super nice and hospitable so you don't feel like you're imposing or anything.

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Honaunau, Hawaii
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

My only problem with Super J's is when they're open. It's not critical, if you see the "open" sign, just swing in. I've only had the lau lau pork, and should perhaps try the other offerings, however the lau lau is incredible delicious, and huge. Two each is plenty.

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Captain Cook, Hawaii
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

I highly recommend anyone, kamaaina or malihini, to try their laulau plate lunch. They aren't really a restaurant, as much as a place to get real ono tasting Hawaiian food for take out or eat on the go.

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Los Angeles
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19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Wow.....the most authentic Hawaiian food you can get. Homemade cooking done right, as soon you walk in you are treated like family. With a very limited menu, Super J has it on point with the delicious pork laulaus, heaven in your mouth. The meat is tender and juicy finding words to describe it is difficult. Where ever you are on... More 

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Fremont, California
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Just got off the plane and craving lau lau, seen this place on TV and we have a couple of hours before check in so looked it up and drove right up there... The place in not a restaurant by the way it looks.. A big communal table on the side you can see the whole family prepping taro for... More 

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Georgia
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23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Super J (mom) and her daughter were cooking , and her husband was on porch with friend chopping tea leaf wrappers for tomorrow. Food was home cooked and great; they even told us how to cook it back home Great people to talk with. great stop great food great price a " must go "place on the big island July... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 83-5409A Mamalahoa Hwy, Captain Cook, Island of Hawaii, HI
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Captain Cook
  • Phone Number: 808-328-9566

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  • Cuisine: Hawaiian

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