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Kanaka Kava

75-5803 Alii Dr Ste B6, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740
(808) 327-1660
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Ranked #16 of 232 Restaurants in Kailua-Kona
Cuisines: Hawaiian
Dining options: Late Night
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Dining options: Late Night
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Grasse, France
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

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
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
Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

Best Kava! Great Food! The atmosphere is very relaxing and fun! We were there on a night with live entertainment! I make it a point to stop there everytime I'm on the Big Island! I recommend Kanaka Kava to everyone!

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Denver, Colorado
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

This place specializes in delicious food and kava, a relaxing beverage made from the root of the kava plant. Our guidebook recommended we try this place, and we weren't disappointed! A giant kava bowl takes up a place of honor front-and-center on the bar, and the friendly hippies that work there will cheerfully ladel your coconut-shell full for $5 a... More

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Brescia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

Lovely place, very nice welcome, spectacular food, good prices.. what do you need more? I suggest the plate with three samples.. Kalua Pork, octopus and seafood (i added a picture of it)... My favourite was Kalua Pork, I never ate something like that before.. Congratulation to the staff, You were a wonderful surprise during our honeymoon!

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NJ
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

We fell in love with Hawaiian food. We anted something local and laid back for dinner and this fit the bill perfectly. Didn't know what to order, so we asked the people at the next table who made recommendations and shared a coconut full of kava.... we had a sample plate which was basically a luau on a plate... poke,... More

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