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Kualapu'u Cookhouse

American, Hawaiian
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Highway 470 and Uwao Street, Kualapuu, Molokai, HI 96757
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7:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Sun - Mon 7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tue - Sat 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • Food
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Interesting local diner

Had a lunch and a breakfast during our stay on Molokai - Interesting small local restaurant with good food and lots of it!

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Lana L
Wadsworth, Ohio
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39 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We love the Kualapu'u Cookhouse. We love the atmosphere and sharing picnic tables outside with tourists or locals. The ribs are the best we've ever had anyplace...and the prime-rib (Thursday's) is wonderful too. We enjoy the owner Tina and have found everyone really friendly. Have had breakfast, lunch and dinner here. It is the best on Molokai! This is really... More 

Thank JourneysTraveler
Honolulu, Hawaii
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3 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

read a lot of reviews raving about this place-food was just ok. staff was very friendly. saw our food sitting on the counter waiting to be brought out for a while, watched flies land on it as it was sitting, and it was cold when i got mine.

Thank ckleclau
New York City, New York
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

There are only a handful of restos, diners, & cafes on Molokai & we tried them all during our 3 day visit. Kualapu'u Cook House is far & away #1 for food, service & ambiance. The small dining area could double as homey family commissary. Choose an inside table near the kitchen or a picnic table just outside. The staff... More 

Thank Lila G
Wadsworth, Ohio
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Had a lunch and a breakfast during our stay on Molokai - Interesting small local restaurant with good food and lots of it!

Thank Lana L
Fort Worth
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307 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

To be honest, I was going to rate it average until I had the teriyaki beef burger which was really good. Old, Hawaii style building with seating inside and out. Friendly people. Good iced tea. Pricing is a bit wonky with the various burgers well priced ($6-$8) but the various plate lunches a bit high ($12 up). All in all,... More 

Thank Jim M
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I would say this is the best meal we had on Molokai. The breakfasts are large, so you might want to split one. It is a typical Hawaiian place. Very simple building. Some outdoor seating. Casual dining. Great food. I wish we would have had time to come back for dinner or lunch.

Thank joelwx39
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33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Our snorkeling trip was cancelled due to bad waters so we came for breakfast. Specials included "Back to Bed Loco Moco" blue berry French toast. Wow! I couldn't finish the Loco Moco, 3 scoops of rice 2 Hamburg patties, hash, 2 eggs, brown gravy, so good... French toast was also excellent, deep fried in a tasty batter, we returned on... More 

Thank RR1451
Springfield, Oregon
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Try the Steak! Its to die for. bring two wallets.you will need both...lol I really enjoyed the slower pace but if your hungry this is the best food outside Hotel Molokai.

Thank Slowpoke549
Chula Vista, California
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102 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Enjoyed our meal at the Kualapu'u Cookhouse. Found it quickly and believe it's probably one of the better places to eat on the island.

Thank Alex G
Marina del Rey, California
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38 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The atmosphere is old Hawaii. We were a family of 10 that went to the cookhouse on New Year's Eve. They do not take reservations, so we went early --at 6:30. There was no room on the outside benches, so we ate at 2 tables inside. They were very accommodating and seemed genuinely happy to see us. Most of us... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Highway 470 and Uwao Street, Kualapuu, Molokai, HI 96757
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Molokai  >  Kualapuu
  • Phone Number: 808-567-9655

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Hawaiian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
7:00 am - 8:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?