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Kava Kafe

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1 Akoni Pule Hwy., Hawi, Island of Hawaii, HI 96719
808-889-5015
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4:21 pm - 8:59 pm
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Mon - Sat 4:21 pm - 8:59 pm
Good for: Families with children
Description: Voted Hawaii's Best Kava Bar by the Hawaii Island Journal.The Kava Kafe has...
Voted Hawaii's Best Kava Bar by the Hawaii Island Journal.The Kava Kafe has been serving the finest kava since 2004.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Shave ice stop

We stopped in for some shave ice on our visit to Hawi. The staff was very sweet and shaved some ice for us, filled it with ice cream, and we sat on the lovely porch and enjoyed. Hawi is like a little hippie hangout!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Wisconsin
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64 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We stopped in for some shave ice on our visit to Hawi. The staff was very sweet and shaved some ice for us, filled it with ice cream, and we sat on the lovely porch and enjoyed. Hawi is like a little hippie hangout!

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Thank WisconsinChristi
Ostrava, Czech Republic
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206 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place was recommended to us by a local (Richard from Hawi Gallery) and we were told to ask for Tammy. He was there and he made kava, our first experience with this hawaiian tradition, by the way. I didn't like the taste, to be honest, but it was definitely good to try. My partner was so excited that we... More 

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Thank Stepanka40
Salem, Oregon
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39 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have been on the Big Island for 5 days and hadn't yet gotten any shave ice, so when we noticed their sign on the way back from the Pololo Valley hike we stopped to get some. Sooooooo disappointed. It was more like a giant snowcone not shaved at all. The ice was very granular and fell out of the... More 

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Thank orygungal
Knoxville, Tennessee
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41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

Small place, with some seating inside and out. This was our first time eating here. I had the BF quiche, hubby had bacon turkey sandwich. It was delicious, and we would definitely eat here again. Staff was super friendly.

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Thank BJd1948
Overland Park, Kansas
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51 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

This place was recommended by our hotel concierge. I'm so glad she recommended it to us. We tried their homemade kombucha; it was the best I've ever had!! We didn't have the shaved ice but were told all the syrup is homemade with no artificial colors or flavors! Go here!

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Thank Tracy T
Hawi, Hawaii
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4 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

The Kava is prepared deliciously and ceremoniously, and a must try when in the Hawi area! They also offer some food, and full access to the yummy fudge if you desire (it's a candy store by day, and a kava bar by night). It has a very low key lounge atmosphere, and you are welcome to bring your ukulele to... More 

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Corvallis, Oregon
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

We stopped by on 2 evening - one was a "plate night" special, with music. Locals were there early to order their "plate". Music was good - there are levels for the seating, so this place is not accessible for all. Another evening was a benefit for a local hula group some food and dancing and raffle. Yes - and... More 

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Thank 414gottago
Natick, Massachusetts
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53 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

We stumbled upon this place driving thought Hawi. It was such a treat as the shave ice was delicious. We have had shave ice in lots of places on Maui, Big Island and Kauai. This was the best I ever tasted. The owner told us she made the syrups herself from fresh fruit, sugar and water. You can tell as... More 

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Thank Sam O
Delta, Canada
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114 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

This is located in the small Hamlet of Hawi at the north end of the Big Island Hawaii. One cool café that features Cava! This unique drink made from the Polynesian Plant of the same name is a definite must try. It is a calming and unusually conversational stimulating drink that tingles the mouth and lips as consumed. The staff... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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49 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

Staff was helpful, had sample of kava kava iy\t works, been two weeks since I left hawaii, Place is in a quaint place eclectic.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1 Akoni Pule Hwy., Hawi, Island of Hawaii, HI 96719
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Hawi
  • Phone Number: 808-889-5015

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 2 - 30
  • Cuisine: Hawaiian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

Description

Voted Hawaii's Best Kava Bar by the Hawaii Island Journal.The Kava Kafe has been serving the finest kava since 2004.
Open Hours
Monday
4:21 pm - 8:59 pm
Tuesday
4:21 pm - 8:59 pm
Wednesday
4:21 pm - 8:59 pm
Thursday
4:21 pm - 8:59 pm
Friday
4:21 pm - 8:59 pm
Saturday
4:21 pm - 8:59 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?