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“Awesome food” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Puka Puka Kitchen

Puka Puka Kitchen
270 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2836
808-933-2121
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Ranked #15 of 206 Restaurants in Hilo
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Good for: Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Awesome food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2012

This place is a hole-in-the-wall. It has like 3 tables. But wow! The food is amazing, and I don't even like Indian inspired food. I wasn't even hungry when I sat down either. But I ended up inhaling the food because it was so good. First, not much selections for kids. My son ate some fried dumplings. He liked it but we could tell it was a bit overfried. I ordered the fried fish, curry rice and salad. Wow! amazing food. It was really really great. Tasty rice. Fish was fresh and mildly flavored. The salad had a light dressing that I enjoyed very much. Our server was very friendly. Although we ate there for lunch, it's a great place to grab a takeout lunch (bento) and take it on your way to Volcano National Park.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
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English first
Kaliua, HI
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
42 helpful votes 42 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
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New York City, New York
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91 reviews 91 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 48 cities Reviews in 48 cities
63 helpful votes 63 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
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Dublin, California
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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
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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
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