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All 231 Kailua-Kona Restaurants

Kanaka Kava

75-5803 Alii Dr Ste B6, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740
(808) 327-1660
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Ranked #7 of 231 Restaurants in Kailua-Kona
Cuisines: Hawaiian
Dining options: Late Night
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Dining options: Late Night
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English first
Atlanta, Georgia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

This is a great little counter-cultural hangout on an otherwise very mainstream tourist strip. The Kava helps one chill. The food is very simple and natural Hawaiian style. Service and ambience fluctuate depending upon whose working there and who is sitting at the bar. Sometimes talkers show up and dominate the energy. Otherwise, the relaxed vibes and music feel so... More

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Nyack, New York
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Kava- A drink made by the natives of Hawaii. Prepared with the Kava root. It is know to have medicinal properties along with soothing abilities and relaxing (not drunken) characteristic. Almost a kin to the euphoric feeling of smoking marijuana. It can be a bit on the bitter side, but with a couple of chunks of pineapple to chase it... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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7 reviews 7 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 via mobile

My companion and I wanted to try some traditional Hawaiian food while we were on the Big Island. I had read about Kanaka Kava from Trip Advisor. I was intrigued about trying kava. The man at the counter was very patient with my companion who was confused about the menu and then changed his mind a couple of times. My... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

We stumbled upon this hidden spot and were so pleasantly surprised by the food, the kava and the service that we came back here 4 times! First we tried the kava - we had never tried this before. It looks and taste like dirt water (it's literally root water) but it's supposed to be a natural relaxant and reduces anxiety... More

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Grasse, France
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

A good kava and a nice poke. It was being hard to find kava and this is a good place to drink one. recommended if you have some time hanging around in kona.

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Awesome place that serves excellent local food at low prices and the Kava is just weirdly wonderful. We were so impressed with the food here on a previous trip that we decided to have our wedding dinner at their outdoor tables. It might not have been the most weddingy location but what more could you aske for than great food,... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Great views and great conversation fresh fish a shell of kava. Staff was very helpful and made my Hawaiian adventure happen. Unique. A must in Kona

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Volcano, Hawaii
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

I wanted to try something "new" on my Hawaiian adventure, and my Big Island app recommended this place. Judi was at the big Kava bowl and made the entire experience! She was so friendly, took the time to explain the kava root and history and recommended we (my friend and I), try a bowl "fast", then a chilled kava with... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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77 reviews 77 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

This outdoor Kava bar, a hangout for both locals and visitors, serves wonderful Hawaiian pupus (cf., tapas), some of which may be hard to find at other restaurants. The 5-pupu dish I ordered included ahi poke (chunks of marinated raw ahi tuna), opihi (limpets in a delicious saucej), sweet potatoes (purple), tender Kalua pig (barbecued in an underground oven or... More

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Hilo, Hawaii
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

Got some dinner to go one night which was fantastic and later happened upon live music over the weekend. Go see Icy Rebel play there on June 14th. She is amazing and they announced it tonight. Kava in coconut bowls was exceptional. Really fun crowd,fantastic music, great Kava = perfect Hawaiian evening.

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