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Puka Puka Kitchen

#13 of 212 Restaurants in Hilo
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270 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2836
808-933-2121
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Good for:
Local cuisine
Dining on a budget

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  • 6
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Good spot in downtown Hilo.

Just as stated in other reviews, dinner here was a treat! Tiny dining room, friendly people, sophisticated food. Enjoy!

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
Frank W
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Las Cruces
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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98 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Las Cruces
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

Just as stated in other reviews, dinner here was a treat! Tiny dining room, friendly people, sophisticated food. Enjoy!

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Redondo Beach, California
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124 reviews 124 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

We had the Chicken Katsu and Lamb plates, which both had greens and curry rice. They were both really good (the katsu was better) and the server was really nice.

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Hilo, Hawaii, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Puka Puka is my #1 recommendation for friends and family visiting Hilo. Great service and locally sourced ingredients. Great stuff.

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Hilo, Hawaii, USA
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29 reviews 29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

they have bentos ready to go!! Food is very good, fried foods are NOT oily. It's fresh daily. The place is not called puka puka for nothing, it's really small, only a handfull of seating is available. you will need to get there early 'cause they run out fast.

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nj
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147 reviews 147 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

This place looks like hole in the wall eats. But do not get fooled by how it looks from outside. Really tiny place to fit less than 20 at a time. But AMAZING food. Everything here is delicious. We went there for lunch and thought the food was so good that we wanted to eat again. But we were staying... More 

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Seaside, Oregon
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43 reviews 43 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Went here around 2 on a Monday afternoon. Although the place is small and tired looking, it was clean and only one table was vacant. Ordered the special of the day--Coconut crusted shrimp--and an ahi pita. There was only one server (I said the place was small) but she took care of everyone quickly. Our food was hot when delivered.... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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643 reviews 643 reviews
539 restaurant reviews
735 helpful votes 735 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

We hesitated before walking into this small hole in the wall, finally lured in by the friendliness of the owner/chef de salle/only waitress. We were in for a double pleasant surprise - the food is multinational and very good! Yummy chicken katsu, Indian curry, falafel, lamb pita sandwich, fresh salad, excellent flavoured rice, etc. Very much in character with the... More 

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Jefferson City, Missouri
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Just happened upon this place after two other restaurants were closed on a Monday. Nice portions of flavorful foods. Grilled ahi with salad and curry rice, and coconut fried shrimp with the same sides. Tasty, fresh, colorful food with fast and friendly service. Near the waterfront. Don't hesitate to try them!

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Orillia, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

this was a great find on our time in Hilo. Its a tiny place, with limited hours(we were there before they opened for dinner). When I saw the place I wasn't sure I wanted to wait until they opened. but I'm glad we did, they had healthy portions of local food and it was an enjoyable meal.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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35 reviews 35 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

I would never have eaten at this place without reading the trip advisor reviews. Hole in the wall but food was great. They were out of the falafel, bummer. But we got the ahi pita and a green salad. The salad was super fresh, the garbanzo beans were freshly boiled. The ahi pita was very ono, the flavoring was amazing... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 270 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2836
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Hilo
  • Phone Number: 808-933-2121

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Dining on a budget

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?