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Kanaka Kava

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Polynesian, Hawaiian, Pacific Rim
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75-5803 Alii Dr Ste B6, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740
(808) 327-1660
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

His is a great place to sit back and relax, especially if they have live music; they also serve good food.

Thank Sandee Y
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131 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

Small hole in the wall for the artsy local style crowd and for a taste of "fresh" kava if that's your thing. Also serve food which was quick and fresh and simple. Another spot to support locally instead of the luau down the street.

Thank Ronnie K
Appleton, Wisconsin
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2016

Very chill atmosphere. The kava was served out of a large bowl, into small cups made out of coconuts. The person serving the kava did not wear gloves while serving the drink and the cups looked questionable. The kava was an accepted taste and not an acquired one (Staff even told us that). It soon made your mouth and tongue... More 

Thank BigIslandTravler
San Diego, California, United States
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579 reviews
294 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 299 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2016

Kava, as defined by Google: 1. a narcotic sedative drink made in Polynesia from the crushed roots of a plant of the pepper family. 2. the Polynesian shrub from which the kava root is obtained. $5 Kava drink: it doesn't taste good, but I wanted to find out what the deal was. My lips, mouth, and tongue went a bit... More 

Thank John P
A TripAdvisor Member
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2016 via mobile

If you want a totally unique experience while on Big Island, you must visit Kanaka Kava. Ask for Johanna, Zach or Sage. Tell them that you want a shell...prepare to stay for 3....at least. Then relax and watch the waves roll in. For best results have an empty stomach. Be prepared to rub shoulders with locals and tourists alike...more than... More 

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2016

When I went on my first trip out of the country, I was sixteen and asked for my last meal in Hawaii to be laulau. Somehow we stumbled across this gem. That was almost a decade ago now, but I have never forgotten their pie. Recently we had visitors from WA, I was craving dessert so I got a whole... More 

Thank Biyography
Victoria, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2016

While I was visiting the Big Island a friend took me to Kanaka Kava and well, it was amazing deliciousness to tast the local Taro, sip Kava and hang out with the lovely local folks. An authentic highlight to have been shown by a local! Look forward to next year.

Thank Lo L
Dallas, Texas
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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2016 via mobile

This is a small open bar-type restaurant that allows you to feel the ambience of living in an island where people casually gather in a small place and talk freely. You order a main dish and you get two sides with it. Very good food for those who want a taste of Hawaii. The kava drink is offered to anyone... More 

Thank pilgrimpinay
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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24 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

Enjoyed by visitors with a curiosity to the locals with a thirst for a natural relaxing drink. Served traditionally and mixed to order, enjoy by the cup or by the bowl. Bottoms up!

Thank leimomi t
Melbourne, Australia
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

Not traditionally a Kava drinker, we were surprised by this little bar tucked away from the main strip of Ali'i Drive. Friendly staff, great local bands and music and a bunch of smiles to greet you it's worth kicking back and enjoying a cup or two (with juice if you don't love the flavour).

Thank Chanie1

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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
    4.5 of 5 stars
Polynesian, Hawaiian, Pacific Rim
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Dining on a budget
Open Hours
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 75-5803 Alii Dr Ste B6, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Kailua-Kona
  • Phone Number: (808) 327-1660

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