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87 W Kawailani St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-5678
808-959-3766
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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Funky Chinese Fusion

This place is a cost effective Chinese style dinner joint w some Hawaiian dishes. The ambience is a retro Chinese with huge red lanterns hanging on the ceiling. The food quality is decent. However not as good as one would find in a average Chinatown place.

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 21, 2015
WestsideChuck
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Portland Oregon
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Portland Oregon
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64 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

This place is a cost effective Chinese style dinner joint w some Hawaiian dishes. The ambience is a retro Chinese with huge red lanterns hanging on the ceiling. The food quality is decent. However not as good as one would find in a average Chinatown place.

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Hawaii
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75 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

I have driven past Kow's chinese food place hundreds of times, but today remembered that we needed to stop in and try it out. It is decorated real nice, like restaurants used to be. The waitress was very friendly and seated us promptly. I had the Vegetarian chow mien with tofu. It was great. I would have liked more chow... More 

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Boise, Idaho
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

Good Chinese food lots of locals so u know that the food is good. Service fine. Prices reasonable. Probably would not eat here again though.

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Keaau, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

This review is only for the combination lunch. The restaurant was very clean, there was plenty of parking, the service was fast and the food was great. The price was about $20.00 for two and included combination plates with three items and hot tea to drink.

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Hilo, Hawaii, United States
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2012

the owner didnt care about customers or even talk to them. the food is sloppy and gross. attention all onliner do not eat at kow!! tell the owner that he sucks and the food sucks.

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Hilo, HI
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2008

Stick with the crab rolls. Everything else is cheaply and sloppily slapped together, and overpriced. And even the crabrolls take FOREVER to come out.

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San Diego
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2007

I actually couldn't believe that any Chinese restaurant could be that bad. We were in Hilo for eleven days, and this place stands out as the worst meal of our trip. We ordered several pork dishes and they were nearly all fat and gristle and completely inedible. The gravy on the noodles tasted like it came out of a package.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 87 W Kawailani St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-5678
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Hilo
  • Phone Number: 808-959-3766

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  • Cuisine: Chinese

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