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Kanaka Kava

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75-5803 Alii Dr Ste B6, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740
(808) 327-1660
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10:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Drinks, Late Night

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  • 25
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  • 6
    Very good
  • 4
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  • 0
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  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
They have the freshest poi, poki , and a great sample platter

there are not many places you can go to get real hawaiian food not just the local meat and potato stuff. Heck you can even try Kava a south pacific drink, I send all my guest down to this place from the kona hawaii guest house. Its a place to not miss. You get the real hawaii here. it is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
John B
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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, United States
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36 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, United States
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

there are not many places you can go to get real hawaiian food not just the local meat and potato stuff. Heck you can even try Kava a south pacific drink, I send all my guest down to this place from the kona hawaii guest house. Its a place to not miss. You get the real hawaii here. it is... More 

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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

This is an outdoor kava bar. It's in a complex with a lot of other restaurants, shops and bars, so you have to meander to find it. We had already ate and it feels more structured towards the kava bar but I hear the food is excellent. It was my first time trying kava and the owner was serving it... More 

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Rancho Santa Margarita, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

Found this place when the Japanese restaurant next door was closed. Nice woman introduced the 3 of us to Hawaiian food. Some of it turned out good (poke), some not so good (squid). Grateful for their casual hours - they stayed open past 11PM when we needed a place to eat at.

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Esslingen am Neckar, Germany
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

the other customers looked very strange. 'We didn`t want to sit somewhere on a bench, the food didn`t smell inviting,,,

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Australia
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99 reviews 99 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We loved their garlic bread! It was amazing. We had the luaulau which was good but meat was a bit tough in areas. The people who ran it seem nice. Very laid back place. It's a little hard to find in the complex kind of behind a coffee place and next to a Japanese place. It's small so you might... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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
4 helpful votes 4 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
15 helpful votes 15 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 75-5803 Alii Dr Ste B6, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Kailua-Kona
  • Phone Number: (808) 327-1660

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Hawaiian
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm

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