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Pono Market

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Japanese, Asian, Polynesian, Hawaiian, Pacific Rim
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4-1300 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaa, Kauai, HI
(808) 822-4581
6:00 am - 6:00 pm
Closed now
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Mon - Fri 6:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat 6:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Orinda, California
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This a casual lunch spot that serves great Hawaiian lunch platters. The service is welcoming and they try hard to help. This is a standard stop for us when traveling through Kapaa. Grab a few plates, poke and a handful of musubis and then drive 10 minutes north and have a picnic out on the beach. Their lau lau is... More 

Thank Khoibui43
Medford, Oregon
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I stopped in yesterday for lunch with friends. Pono market has one of the best plate lunches I've had in 7 months on Kauai. The prices are standard, maybe even a little better than many places. They also have ala carte options which is convenient. I will definitely be eating here regularly.

Thank spearfishironman
la ca, United States
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60 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Very fresh Hawaiian food. Locals serving locals, they don't have much patience with a visitor that doesn't know the menu. Large portions of fresh tasty food. I had plate lunch of fried chicken, rice, lomi salmon, and spicy poke. coconut mangu packaged on counter by the registrar was very good. Total was $18.00 no drink!!

Thank Barbara C
Elmhurst, Illinois
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We walked into a small place with a huge line- Thought for sure the poke must be outstanding as per MANY reviews. I get to the case and see that every poke dish says " previously frozen". What?! Fresh Ahi on almost every menu that I have seen and this place known for poke uses frozen? I had tried poke... More 

1 Thank Megan151
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36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We came here after seeing it recommended in the Air NZ Ki Ora magazine and are glad we made the stop. The queue was pretty crazy (not quite out the door), but it was worth the wait. We shared a $13.50 pork, rice and two poke sides (seafood salad and sesame ahi) and it was so big we couldn't finish... More 

Thank lizwhg
Elk Grove, California
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32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The fried chicken here is supposed to be great but they were sold out by 2:30 in the afternoon, so I had the Kalua Pork over rice. My husband had the Poke Bowl (ahi tuna) and said it was the best he ever tasted.

Thank bonsky64
Magnolia, Texas
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66 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was recommended by Captain Bob ("Captain Sundown") as the best Poke in the state of Hawaii. We weren't disappointed. We chose the Shoyu Ahi, the Spicy Ahi, and the Sesame Ahi Tuna. We bought one of each in the small container as well as the Hawaiian Macaroni Potato salad so we could snack on the Kapaa beach. We agree... More 

Thank Texan_Diner
Orange County, California
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wanted to pick up some poke and snacks for later after feasting at the food trucks a block away. Good fresh poke.( both the ahi with onions and ahi with sesame oil). Yummy rolls and the Manjus were excellent. I just wish I picked up more items to try. Definitely worth a stop.

Thank great2move
Camarillo, California
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Simply the best Hawaiian-style fried chicken, ahi poke, and spam musubi on the island. The store opens at 6 am and closes at 4 pm, but most everything is sold out by 1 pm. You will have to wait in quite a long line if you go during lunch time, so get there before 11 am. They have daily plate... More 

Thank j_dub4040
Seattle, Washington
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27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

Odd, but I couldn't seem to find good coffee in Kauai until I tried this place the second to last day I was in town. I ordered an 8 oz americano. I didn't have to tell him to use two shots. It was perfect. And yes, I am an unapologetic coffee snob from Seattle. I tried another coffee place down... More 

Thank mxprock

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Japanese, Asian, Polynesian, Hawaiian, Pacific Rim
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
6:00 am - 6:00 pm
6:00 am - 6:00 pm
6:00 am - 6:00 pm
6:00 am - 6:00 pm
6:00 am - 6:00 pm
6:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4-1300 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaa, Kauai, HI
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Kauai  >  Kapaa
  • Phone Number: (808) 822-4581

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