We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Go early if you want a bento” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Puka Puka Kitchen

Puka Puka Kitchen
270 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2836
808-933-2121
Improve this listing
Ranked #11 of 204 restaurants in Hilo
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
Kaliua, HI
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“Go early if you want a bento”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2012 via mobile

We got takeout from puka puka and took it to our hike at Akaka Falls. I'd call our food high brow plate lunch. I had ahi katsu or some kind of fish and garlic rice since they were out of white rice, and green papaya slaw. My kids ate most of the fish so I think it was really good. The slaw was great, fresh and tangy and a great compliment to the rice and food. My husband had BBQ chicken which we expected to be Hawaiian style BBQ but instead got Cajun style chix.
The restaurant is really tiny. Order your food to go and take it to any great Hilo site.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

76 reviews from our community

89% Recommend
    38
    30
    4
    2
    2
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Any
English first
New York City, New York
Top Contributor
81 reviews 81 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 43 cities Reviews in 43 cities
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
“Great lunch!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2012

We stopped at Puka Puka Kitchen and picked up Bento boxes for our day at Kilauea. It was a great plan, and the food was delicious. Service was friendly, prices were very, very reasonable, and all together, this made for a perfect picnic lunch.

Visited July 2012
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dublin, California
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Small but good!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2012

Small dining area but the service is fast and the food is good. Easy to walk to from Dolphin Bay hotel.

Visited July 2012
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Awesome food!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2012 via mobile

Puka puka is a small place but puts out crazy good food!! Plan to take out!!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Top Contributor
101 reviews 101 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 40 cities Reviews in 40 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Best fast inexpensive fusion food w/ ocean view”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2012 via mobile

Mostly Asian influenced although fusion !
Wonderful albeit a somewhat limited menu
Tiny 'hole in the wall' no rez needed or taken but be there early for lunch or make it take-out !
Always mega-fresh and highly local !
Inexpensive
Original
A must go when in Hilo

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Puka Puka Kitchen also viewed

 
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
 
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
 
Hilo, Island of Hawaii

Been to Puka Puka Kitchen? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Puka Puka Kitchen, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.