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Puka Puka Kitchen

#17 of 184 Restaurants in Hilo
Certificate of Excellence
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270 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2836
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
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Negaunee, Michigan
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18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Ahi Don was great. An unassuming place right on the main drag in downtown Hilo. We were looking for a good lunch and had no idea. Googled local place to have lunch and Paku Paku came up. Saw a few of the dishes and said that looks really good. Looked like the locals went there so we parked and... More 

Thank NegauneeTraveler
Scituate, Massachusetts
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40 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a little walk in restaurant recommended by a local. My $12 lunch was out of sight. I had a lamb pita with a side salad. I could have licked my plate. My companions agreed. This place has no atmosphere, but I would go there again in a second.

Thank annabelle020
Corona del Mar, California
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33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This restaurant is a small hole in the wall with only a few tables. We were a party of 6 and they were going to separate our party into a table for 4 and another for 2. We insisted that we could all fit comfortably around the one larger table they have and it worked just fine! The service was... More 

Thank RBelove
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2016

I love it at Puka. I reccomend it to anyone who is willing to try something different. It's like a little whole in the wall with the best food that tastes fresh! I love Tuesdays with their chicken katsu burger special. I can't get enough of it. Plus the bentos to go are amazing.

Thank Victoria M
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388 reviews
284 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2016

We dropped in out of the blue, looking for a place for lunch. We refused to eat at any chains on this trip and never the same place twice and tried this place on a lark. It looks like a hole in the wall. The food on the other hand, is just north of outstanding. I had their Ahi Pita,... More 

Thank AvWriter
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325 reviews
198 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2016 via mobile

This restaurant has some of the most tasty meat dishes. My friend and I shared two different lunch items. The food was prepared fresh and the staff were friendly and helpful.

Thank TravelRobs
Kauai, Hawaii
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12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2016 via mobile

We had the ahi lunch plate. The salad was the freshest while on the island and lived the saffron/curry rice with the fish!

Thank krberkshires
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2016

Do not be deterred by the size of this place--there are only a handful of tables inside, so several people had to stand around and wait to eat in the restaurant, but it looks like they do a lot of take-out for the lunch crowd. Our family of five sat at the only table that could have comfortably fit us,... More 

Thank Alicia L
Oakland, California
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14 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2016

This proved to be a great find. The staff was friendly and the varied menu very good. I especially enjoyed the locally raised lamb. The place is small, perhaps one of the reasons the prepared box lunches are so popular. b. Locally raised lamb was excellent. c. Box lunches are very popular.

Thank Mark A
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59 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2016 via mobile

I got the chicken tonkatsu not realizing it was breaded. My hubby got the BBQ chicken which was delicious. Mom got the lamb gyro which said it was local lamb and very tender but it was tough. The fries were good.... I thought the bento boxes looked like the best and wished I had grabbed one instead. (On a table... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 270 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2836
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Hilo
  • Phone Number: 808-933-2121

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?