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Keei Cafe

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Mamalohoa Highway 11, Kealakekua, Island of Hawaii, HI 96704
18083229992
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Hours:
Mon - Wed 9:00 pm - 11:00 am
Thu 9:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: In 1995 with a vision to open a small family "Coffee Cafe" Owner Bob...
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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  • 15
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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
Best of Kona

If you want great food and a lovely sunset view, skip the harbor and come up the hill away from town a little to this hidden gem. Beautiful restaurant, thoughtfully prepared fresh food from the island and a wonderful ambience. I doubt you can do better in Kona.

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 3, 2015
Peri P
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San Diego, California
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
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San Diego, California
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

If you want great food and a lovely sunset view, skip the harbor and come up the hill away from town a little to this hidden gem. Beautiful restaurant, thoughtfully prepared fresh food from the island and a wonderful ambience. I doubt you can do better in Kona.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

We started with the eggplant wraps and the special, stuffed portabello, both of which were delicious. My wife had the exquisite and delicate ahi with mango sauce, while I had two large, perfect pork chops with pinapple glaze. Both were served with a delightfully seasoned assortment of fresh cooked vegetables. For desert, we thoroughly enjoyed the Mango Cobbler with ice... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Very nice atmosphere! Live local music. (Not too loud). Very accommodating with menu items. Very good food. When we have visitors and want a special night out, this is where we take them!

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Andover, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Keei Café is really a delight. The seafood is fresh and delicious, and the atmosphere is extremely relaxing. The restaurant is on the second floor and has a wall that opens to the outside allowing fresh breeze to come into the restaurant. We ate here about 4 years ago, and returned to find it even better than the last time.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We all enjoyed a pleasant evening in this upstairs restaurant open to the street. The drinks were well done, service was friendly. The fresh fish selection our night was ahi or ono, both were delicious. I'd recommend either with the curry; nicely balanced but some good heat. I was particularly impressed that they offered brown rice instead of white, a... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Ke'ei Cafe serves very well prepared lunches and dinners, bordering on fine dining. The chef is serious about the food. It can be cool due to the location on the cliff edge, so bring a wrap. Service is also "cool." Don't expect Aloha.

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Banks, Oregon
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Thes is an out of the way place you must go to!, the food is excellent. They have fresh island fish specials every night. I have had just about everything on the menu. It hasn't changed in 10 years. That's a GOOD thing! My favorite is still their bones half chicken with mashed potatoes and peppercorn sauce. Also peanut miso... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

A sunset delight overlooking the ocean. Delicious opa, a milder version of mahi--mahi. Very reasonable wine list, tho this is a small restaurant so don't be surprised if they run out of some selections on the wine list. There are linen tablecloths, but you don't need socks. Above all, this is a place where you can dine finely without breaking... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

My daughter and I was on a business trip to Kona and we decided to go have dinner at Keei Cafe and to listen to David and Freddie. The cafe location is amazing, small yet well decorated and you get a sense of laid back country style no worries feelings. I grew up in Kona in the 50s and we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Delightful restaurant. We both had the Opah which was perfectly cooked. It was served with mashed potatoes and a variety of vegetables-excellent. Note that Keei is a cash only facility, no credit cards. But they have an ATM on site in case you forget.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Mamalohoa Highway 11, Kealakekua, Island of Hawaii, HI 96704
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Kealakekua
  • Phone Number: 18083229992

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 30

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Doing business, 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
Monday
9:00 pm - 11:00 am
Tuesday
9:00 pm - 11:00 am
Wednesday
9:00 pm - 11:00 am
Thursday
9:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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