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Kava Kafe

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1 Akoni Pule Hwy., Hawi, Island of Hawaii, HI 96719
4:21 pm - 8:59 pm
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Mon - Sat 4:21 pm - 8:59 pm
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19 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is a cute shop nothing like your Starbucks in terms of decor but the coffee is incredible! The baked goods are homemade in flavor. But, what you really need to try here is the Kava. They make the drink in house and it is potent (FYI I think it taste like dirt smells). This is one of those... More 

Thank islandmommaToronto
Redwood City, California
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48 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 14, 2016

Very pleasant young ladies waited on us. The shave ice was huge & delicious. The girls showed how they made the kava. outdoor seating was nice also.

Thank Dale S
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2016 via mobile

Nice server, good smells and creativity in fudges, ice cream and they even had small kava chocolate bars. Kava was a treat in the special bowls and we also got a great lilikoi spritzer type drink.

Thank GlacierBayDeb
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82 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 1, 2016

We stopped in for some shave ice on our visit to Hawi. The staff was very sweet and shaved some ice for us, filled it with ice cream, and we sat on the lovely porch and enjoyed. Hawi is like a little hippie hangout!

Thank WisconsinChristi
Ostrava, Czech Republic
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272 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2016

This place was recommended to us by a local (Richard from Hawi Gallery) and we were told to ask for Tammy. He was there and he made kava, our first experience with this hawaiian tradition, by the way. I didn't like the taste, to be honest, but it was definitely good to try. My partner was so excited that we... More 

Thank Stepanka40
Salem, Oregon
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38 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2016

I have been on the Big Island for 5 days and hadn't yet gotten any shave ice, so when we noticed their sign on the way back from the Pololo Valley hike we stopped to get some. Sooooooo disappointed. It was more like a giant snowcone not shaved at all. The ice was very granular and fell out of the... More 

Thank orygungal
Knoxville, Tennessee
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85 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2015

Small place, with some seating inside and out. This was our first time eating here. I had the BF quiche, hubby had bacon turkey sandwich. It was delicious, and we would definitely eat here again. Staff was super friendly.

Thank BJd1948
Overland Park, Kansas
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55 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2015

This place was recommended by our hotel concierge. I'm so glad she recommended it to us. We tried their homemade kombucha; it was the best I've ever had!! We didn't have the shaved ice but were told all the syrup is homemade with no artificial colors or flavors! Go here!

Thank Tracy T
Hawi, Hawaii
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2015

The Kava is prepared deliciously and ceremoniously, and a must try when in the Hawi area! They also offer some food, and full access to the yummy fudge if you desire (it's a candy store by day, and a kava bar by night). It has a very low key lounge atmosphere, and you are welcome to bring your ukulele to... More 

Thank TaraJReed
Corvallis, Oregon
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30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2015

We stopped by on 2 evening - one was a "plate night" special, with music. Locals were there early to order their "plate". Music was good - there are levels for the seating, so this place is not accessible for all. Another evening was a benefit for a local hula group some food and dancing and raffle. Yes - and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
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: 808-889-5015
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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