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Kava Kafe

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1 Akoni Pule Hwy., Hawi, Island of Hawaii, HI 96719
+1 808-889-5015
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  • Very good33%
  • Average3%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible0%
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“shaved ice” (3 reviews)
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Cafe, Hawaiian, Vegetarian Friendly
1 Akoni Pule Hwy., Hawi, Island of Hawaii, HI 96719
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We lived this spot! The woman working there was super nice and the Kava was great and a good value. Of course, we like Kava and the experience, so...... I say give it a try. If you don't know what Kava is, look it up!😎

Thank earthtravel2007
Reviewed April 21, 2018 via mobile

Cute cafe. We went to try the Kava and really didn’t like it. Was quite bitter. It’s definitely something not everyone will like! But they had some good looking vegetarian dishes.

Thank Rosanna C
Reviewed February 11, 2018

I found out while visiting here, that if you've never had Kava but wanted to try a root drink favored by the Polynesian Kings and Rulers this is the place to go to try it. They have shave ice during the day, and they have...More

Thank derrick w
Reviewed July 21, 2017

Kava Kafe is home to the best Shave Ice in Hawi, for sure. This is real deal, old fashioned, hand shaved ice. Syrups are homemade from local fruit. Colors are limited and not neon in color - no dyes. Fabulous and tasty, super refreshing on...More

Thank CaliGirl510
Reviewed April 26, 2017 via mobile

Great place to stop in for a shave ice. They use real fruit juice and it tastes amazing and thankfully without the rainbow food colouring! Excellent friendly service, with lots of room to enjoy your icy treat and take a break from the sun. Foosball...More

Thank 457khz
Reviewed March 30, 2017

You want the original shave ice, done the old school way, this is the only place to get it. Syrups are homemade and outstanding!!! This is by far my kids favorite spot to stop on the entire island!

Thank Jay A
Reviewed March 13, 2017

We stopped here for a shaved ice after hiking the Pololu trail, we were treated to the best shaved ice we've had on the islands. They use real fruit juice, not concentrate - delicious (try the Hawaiian punch!) The cafe is laid back and relaxing,...More

Thank Shannon S
Reviewed March 5, 2017

I had the best passionfruit shaved ice here! They use real fruit juice and I had the vanilla ice cream base, highly recommended!

Thank Susan M
Reviewed February 9, 2017

We visited a few days before on an exploratory trip through Hawi and saw the Open Mic on Saturday night. What a lot of fun hearing the locals play their music! It had a really good vibe and we had a lot of fun listening...More

Thank Myles H
Reviewed December 5, 2016 via mobile

Come here first! Grab yourself some Kava and some lau lau. ( hope thats how you spell it ). The gal behind the counter seemed quite protective of her kava. Lol.. All good though because it works, at least for me. Wasn't super enthused for...More

Thank allwayzlive
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Restaurant Details

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Average prices
$2 - $30
Restaurant features
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
4:21 PM - 8:59 PM
4:21 PM - 8:59 PM
4:21 PM - 8:59 PM
4:21 PM - 8:59 PM
4:21 PM - 8:59 PM
4:21 PM - 8:59 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 Akoni Pule Hwy., Hawi, Island of Hawaii, HI 96719
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Hawi
  • Phone Number: +1 808-889-5015
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Voted Hawaii's Best Kava Bar by the Hawaii Island Journal.The Kava Kafe has been serving the finest kava since 2004.
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