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“Great food and atmosphere” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Kanaka Kava

Kanaka Kava
75-5803 Alii Dr Ste B6, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740
(808) 327-1660
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Ranked #32 of 234 Restaurants in Kailua-Kona
Cuisines: Hawaiian
Dining options: Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night
NJ
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Great food and atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2010

This is a tiny little place that's a little hidden...we had to ask three times for directions before we found someone who knew where it was but it was well worth the effort. The food was excellent and very affordable. The portions were a little too large, especially if you don't have a fridge to put the leftovers in, but it was awesome to sample a whole bunch of local food. This is definitely the place to go if you want a casual place to dine outside and want to get away from the tourist scene.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Japanese first
  • Any
English first
Del.
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5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Try Kava WITH juice!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2009

The pu pu platter was awesome and was SUPER cheap. Go ahead and try Kava, but beware it doesn't have the most pleasant taste. The kava with juice has a much more tolerable taste. We really enjoyed sitting among the locals and enjoying what they do.

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Sydney, Australia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“authentic never tasted so good”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2008

we were recommended to come here for dinner by a local musician we bumped into on the streets of kona-kailua, and we were not disappointed! we tried the pupu platter and it was delicious! the owner and the locals hanging out at the bar and on the patio were friendly, and we had the bonus of another local musican playing and singing for the crowd after dinner. great little place for awesome hawaiian food!

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San Mateo, CA
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Excellent Hawaiian Food!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2008

delicious and a great value. Portions are large (they encourage sharing). Ingredients were fresh and kava was fun. A unique oasis in the middle of the tourist area.

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“Awesome!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2004

Kanaka Kava is a rare place in downtown Kona that serves good traditional Hawaiian food. It's very casual - you order at the counter and eat on their patio. The food is incredible, but their Kava beverages are a must-try. Locals eat here. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

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