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“Real Southern Cookin'” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Hana Hou Restaurant

Hana Hou Restaurant
95-1148 Spur Road, Naalehu, Island of Hawaii, HI 96772
(808) 929-9717
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Ranked #4 of 8 Restaurants in Naalehu
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Dessert
Halifax, Nova Scotia
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203 helpful votes 203 helpful votes
“Real Southern Cookin'”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

The biggest attraction on the Big Island is Volcanoes National Park which is almost a hundred miles from Kailua-Kona where the vast majority of tourists stay. It's a really long day trip and if you are self-driving it quickly becomes apparent that there isn't very much in between. The little town of Naahelu is either the first or the last place to get something to eat depending on which direction you are coming from.Like others we just stumbled upon Hana Hou because we were damn hungry after spending half a day at the park and another hour driving to get to Naahelu.

It's not much from the outside or inside for that matter, but it clearly has the look of a place that's been here for a while and is relying on local and not tourist trade. Therefore it was somewhat surprising to see a picture of a very dour looking Gordon Ramsay up on the wall next to the usual shots of locals with big fish. How he got here I have no idea.

The special was meatloaf which came in a regular or mini portions. Our group tried both. The regular portion would have been enough to satisfy the legendary late Hawaiian singer IZ who was known for his gargantuan size and appetite. The mini was just fine for normal folks. A BLT was served on homemade bread with heaps of tomatoes and real crispy bacon. We had no room for the delicious looking pies on display. Also noticed some good looking sandwiches at decent prices for take out.

I give this place a very good rating because it is everything I like in small town restaurant - unpretentious, good food at fair prices and that extra something that sets it apart - in this case you can say that you have eaten at the most southerly restaurant in the entire country. If you are looking for fast food efficiency with predictable bland taste keep on driving to Kona.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“You hsve got to try the baked goods and the liacoy drinks here”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

This place is a must for lunch for me when i am traveling by . I would definately refer my Guests from the Kona LookOut Vacation Rental to stop here well worth it

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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vancouver
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“The BEST sweet pies ever”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

We almost had to abandon our tour of Big Island because my mum and infact all of us if we are truthful loved the Macadamia Cream Pie so much we almost had to stop and live there - unforgettable ! What is the recipe for those of us who live in Vancouver !?

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Lakewood, Washington, United States
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“The best there is.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

The restaurant has the best food, coffee and baked goods in the area of Naalehu. The staff is really nice and friendly. I think that it is so worth driving to just eat and see the area.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Annandale, VA
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“Great Value”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

We came upon the place at milepost 65 on highway 11 by accident. We had a very nice dinner which prompted us to return--twice. The next day we picked up sandwiches for lunch at Volcanoes National Park. We returned Friday night for the free entertainment and dinner. The food is very good, with homemade desserts. No wine or beer service, but you may bring in your own at no service charge.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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