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Keei Cafe

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$$$
American, Seafood, Asian, Contemporary
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79-7511 Mamalahoa Highway, Kealakekua, Island of Hawaii, HI 96750
18083229992
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5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Tue - Sat 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Business meetings, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Description: In 1995 with a vision to open a small family "Coffee Cafe" Owner...
In 1995 with a vision to open a small family "Coffee Cafe" Owner Bob Miyashiro and his wife Gina open the original Keei Cafe in a old former Fish Market in Honaunau, Hawaii on the Big Island. Finally after borrowing enough from their father, Brothers Bob and Dennis along with Sister Joyce the new Keei Cafe was Born in Hokukano. Again with the Brazilian touch for food friendly colors and using local woods, Gina helped create the decor that surrounds the "New" Keei Cafe at Hokukano. Opened in early 2005, the new Cafe features local artist painting and carvings on the walls. Koa table help make the Cafe have a warm and welcome feel perfect for families or guests looking for a resort type meal with a upcounty price. Family owned and operated with the additon of Gina's sister and Brother in Law, Chef Zeze and Batista, in the kitchen to use the freshes local ingredients to prepare creavtive and and delicious menu items with nightly specials. Please come to experience the flavors!
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
The ahi tuna is a must

We went there twice during our stay as the food was really good. We had ahi tuna and chicken fajitas as mains the first night and a super-delicious lilikoi cheese cake. Second night we went straight to ahi tuna. Yummy. The service is nice but slooooow, but we didn’t mind too much - it’s Hawaii... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
CarlosKorse
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Hoboken, New Jersey
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Hoboken, New Jersey
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58 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We went there twice during our stay as the food was really good. We had ahi tuna and chicken fajitas as mains the first night and a super-delicious lilikoi cheese cake. Second night we went straight to ahi tuna. Yummy. The service is nice but slooooow, but we didn’t mind too much - it’s Hawaii, aloha!

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Thank CarlosKorse
Michigan
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27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

our favorite restaurant on the Big Island! Very friendly people in a fairly small family operated restaurant. Fresh ingredients with wonderful daily fish specials. Desserts are amazing but we seldom have room to indulge. Parking is limited so go early!

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Thank Bailey01Michigan
Denver, Colorado
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25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

What a wonderful find! This restaurant was recommended to us by the owner of the condo we stayed in as the "best seafood in town", and he was right! It is a bit off the beaten path, 20 minutes up into the island, but it is a great hole in the wall location with a spectacular view! Service was great,... More 

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Thank Allie V
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

We had a horrible experience. Dirty, bad service and food. In fact everyone in the restaurant were complaining! Don't bother, you will be disappointed

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Thank Katie W
Clearwater, Florida
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

This is where we ate the last night and it was the best restaurant we ate at the entire trip. It is beautifully decorated, the service was great, along with the entertainment. I highly recommend.

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Thank Phil H
San Diego, California
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23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015 via mobile

Sweet atmosphere, amazing food, good value. They could have used one more wait staff. It was a bit slow. But the chocolate molten lava cake made the wait worth it!

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Thank Repbeth1
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

Nice location but a somewhat noisy interior. The food was good and fresh as well as reasonably priced. They seemed to be out of a lot of items and the staff was not very attentive. Ordered Pork Chops with brown rice because they were out of potatoes, then the meal came with white rice without an explanation. After asking for... More 

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Thank konacal
Sardinia, Italy
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42 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

Probably the best restaurant on the West Coat of the Big Island and one of the best on the B.I. Easy to find and to reach, the personell is really very kind and you feel at home. The menu is very rich and the food is super. I particolarly appreciated the fish. A place really worth visiting.

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Thank GiuseppeTripAdv
houston
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015 via mobile

We've been all over the island on this trip and this is the best yet. The atmosphere, food, service and guitar player were incredible. The decor is open and inviting. Be ready with your cash- no credit cards accepted which took us be surprise. There is a cash machine but we emptied it. We've spent 3 times as much this... More 

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Thank ebloor
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

The food here was excellent, as was the live music service and overall atmosphere. Make it a point to stop.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 79-7511 Mamalahoa Highway, Kealakekua, Island of Hawaii, HI 96750
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Kealakekua
  • Phone Number: 18083229992

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 35
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood, Asian, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Business meetings, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions

Description

In 1995 with a vision to open a small family "Coffee Cafe" Owner Bob Miyashiro and his wife Gina open the original Keei Cafe in a old former Fish Market in Honaunau, Hawaii on the Big Island. Finally after borrowing enough from their father, Brothers Bob and Dennis along with Sister Joyce the new Keei Cafe was Born in Hokukano. Again with the Brazilian touch for food friendly colors and using local woods, Gina helped create the decor that surrounds the "New" Keei Cafe at Hokukano. Opened in early 2005, the new Cafe features local artist painting and carvings on the walls. Koa table help make the Cafe have a warm and welcome feel perfect for families or guests looking for a resort type meal with a upcounty price. Family owned and operated with the additon of Gina's sister and Brother in Law, Chef Zeze and Batista, in the kitchen to use the freshes local ingredients to prepare creavtive and and delicious menu items with nightly specials. Please come to experience the flavors!
Open Hours
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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