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Shaka Restaurant

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95-5673 Mamalahoa Hwy, Naalehu, Island of Hawaii, HI 96772
808 929 7404
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Good for:
Families with children
Local cuisine

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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Local Favorite

A must-stop for lunch between Hilo & Kailua-Kona. The Moco Loco is a "heart-stopper" and the Kalua Pork w/ cabbage is as good as it gets. Always entertaining patrons on hand!

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 19, 2015
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Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Dinner
  • Late Night
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

Love their fish and chips. Love the atmosphere down to earth they make you feel like you are part of the town. Wish more places like this existed

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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

A must-stop for lunch between Hilo & Kailua-Kona. The Moco Loco is a "heart-stopper" and the Kalua Pork w/ cabbage is as good as it gets. Always entertaining patrons on hand!

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Seattle, Washington
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015 via mobile

This is one of those nice surprise hole in the walls that you always hope to find. The food was great. The service fast. The couple selling jewelry outside were very enjoyable to talk to. We could have stayed for hours talking and obtaining an authentic Hawaiian education. It would eat here again. Scored 3 stars only as its a... More 

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Lytton, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Stopped in twice ..Real good food, service was friendly but they should try to keep their serving clothing cleaner..no stains or spills please..or wear clean aprons

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Niles, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

I'm not quite sure why others have written their respective reviews but we were in the area in January of this year (2015) and ate there four times and loved the place. Their burgers were about the best we had ever had and the fries were perfect. Service and wait times were better than average. I highly reccommend it unless... More 

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

Shaka's is known as The Most Southern Bar in the United States" They have a nice menu of meat, chicken, and fish. This is a great place to be among the local people of the area. They have entertainment on the weekends. It is much larger than it looks from the road. The main parking is in the back. It... More 

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San Francisco, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

I ordered the fish but it was a little overdone. The staff were lovely and had their kids serve us. Would be nice if they had a better wine selection - they only offered chardonnay.

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Ocean View, Hawaii
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Some friends, my wife and myself went to Shaka' s to have their prime rib specials. My friend and myself had prime rib and it was pretty good. My wife had salad and her girlfriend had Ono. The Ono was dry and was sent back but the one that replaced it was not only dry but tasted bad. The salad... More 

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Tuscaloosa, Alabama
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52 reviews 52 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

While staying in Naalehu, we visited this restaurant/bar twice. It's notable to visit, but based on the number of guests, the Hana Hou restaurant is more desirable, The Hana Hou was packed out each time we ate there.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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41 reviews 41 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

We stopped here on our many adventures around the big island. Pros: Super friendly service and cheap beer/drinks, plus it’s a once in a life time. The food was decent. Cons: This place is a dive and those expecting something more will be disappointed. Summary – Keep your expectations in check and go have a brew with the super friendly... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 95-5673 Mamalahoa Hwy, Naalehu, Island of Hawaii, HI 96772
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Naalehu
  • Phone Number: 808 929 7404

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Hawaiian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine

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