First, this restaurant is NOT located in the Queen Shops Mall; rather down the street, just a short drive. If you don't mind walking, you can do that as well either from the Shops or hotel area. There is ample parking for his restaurant; be sure to park in the restaurant area parking instead of public beach parking.
The restaurant is easily accessible and offers expansive views of the ocean and bay. What sets this restaurant apart from other restaurants in the area is the level of service and attention provided by a well-trained and enthusiastic staff.
Their 'Happy Hour' is fantastic; pupu (appetizer) offerings are diverse,fresh and their beverage prices are a bargain for the area. The actual menu offers just about anything from fresh seafood to locally sourced beef. Use of locally sourced fruits and vegetables adds to a well-rounded offering for any appetite. Some of their tap beers are also locally sourced from Big Island Micro-Breweries.
Check out the restaurant for their live talent that plays onstage in the sand in the evenings. Whether you choose to sit outside under a cabana or nestling your toes in the sand, the level and quality of talent is superb. On the particular night we dined at Lava Lava, one of our favorite local talents, Henry Kapono played a fantastic show, non-stop without breaks, with a great selection of tunes.
Lava Lava is a great destination; whether you've finished a round of golf and want a 'cold one' and some pupus, or a romantic evening with a special someone. While I have seen children at Lava Lava, my recommendation is find someone to watch the kids, put on a nice pair of shorts and collared shirt, and head to Lava Lava with someone special to watch the sunset and enjoy an evening of great food, service, and entertainment.
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