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Umekes Ali'i Plaza

75-143 Hualalai Rd, Suite #105, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-3715
+1 808-329-3050
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Overview
  • Excellent71%
  • Very good22%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“poke bowl” (60 reviews)
“rice” (84 reviews)
“seaweed salad” (29 reviews)
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Seafood, Polynesian, Hawaiian, Gluten Free Options
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75-143 Hualalai Rd, Suite #105, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-3715
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1 - 10 of 588 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago

We went for dinner based on the previous reviews. Rather disappointing experience … the Hawaiian poke was less (in taste and quantity) than you get ar Foodland for half of the price. Noisy, poor service.More

Thank MiamiKeyWest
NakoaP, Manager at Umekes Ali'i Plaza, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Aloha, Thank you for your honest review. We are sorry to hear that you did not have a similar positive experience as most other reviewers. This is not the normal experience one should have at our restaurants. What makes our poke so popular and special...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

They let us try some before ordering and both the poke and the sides are great! We loved the one with avocado and the maccaroni salad.

Thank GuimBCN
NakoaP, Owner at Umekes Ali'i Plaza, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Aloha, Mahalo for your comments. We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed our poke and sides! We hope to have you join us again someday soon to try out more local favorites. Have a wonderful day, Umekes Management Team

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went to this restaurant about 45 minutes before closing. The food was good and fresh. We never had a POKE bowl and was not sure how to order it or what to expect. So, with that in mind, I ordered a tuna bowl. I...More

Thank Ilene M
NakoaP, Owner at Umekes Ali'i Plaza, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Aloha, Mahalo for your comments. We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your meals with us. We recommend our "Hottie" poke if you like spicy, or you could always ask for some hot sauce to turn up the heat. Some of our most...More

Reviewed 10 August 2018

This became our go-to lunch stop, we eventually went to dinner at their other restaurant which was also delicious. Had a few varieties of poke and the grilled ahi belly over a few days, great flavor on everything. The side dishes were delicious as well....More

Thank dxmo
NakoaP, Owner at Umekes Ali'i Plaza, responded to this reviewResponded 13 August 2018

Aloha, Mahalo for your comments. We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed our fresh poke and service! We hope to have you join us again someday soon during your next trip to Big Island. Have a wonderful day, Umekes Management Team

Reviewed 7 August 2018

By far the best poke that we had during our two weeks in the islands. Very fresh, bright flavors, generous portions, and reasonable price.

Thank Weminuche
NakoaP, Manager at Umekes Ali'i Plaza, responded to this reviewResponded 8 August 2018

Aloha, Mahalo for your comments. We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed our poke bowls! We hope to have you join us again during your next visit to Big Island. Have a wonderful day, Umekes Management Team

Reviewed 1 August 2018 via mobile

Restaurants like this are the reason why I am using TripAdvisor. A hidden gem, but absolutely worth trying! Very fresh food, fair prices, don't have to miss a beer, fast preparation. Seats outside in the shadow. I can highly recommend this place.

Thank Oliver N
NakoaP, Owner at Umekes Ali'i Plaza, responded to this reviewResponded 2 August 2018

Aloha Oliver, Mahalo for your comments. We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your time with us! We hope to have you join us again someday soon to try out more local favorites. Have a wonderful day, Umekes Management Team

Reviewed 26 July 2018 via mobile

At first we were unsure if we wanted to stop here it got recommended by a local we ran into at the beach at first we said why not it’s something new and when in Hawaii be like the locals right well when we got...More

Thank rjeffries54
NakoaP, Owner at Umekes Ali'i Plaza, responded to this reviewResponded 26 July 2018

Aloha, Mahalo for your comments. We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed our poke bowls! We hope to have you join us again someday soon to try out more local favorites. Have a wonderful day, Umekes Management Team

Reviewed 22 July 2018 via mobile

We found this place by chance. What a great place to eat!! We had fish tacos and they were delicious. Poke is apparantly also very tasty. The portions are pretty large (for us Europeans).

Thank astridgk85
NakoaP, Owner at Umekes Ali'i Plaza, responded to this reviewResponded 23 July 2018

Aloha, Mahalo for your comments. We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed our fish tacos and poke! We hope to have you join us again someday soon to try out more local favorites. Have a wonderful day, Umekes Management Team

Reviewed 15 July 2018 via mobile

When we asked locals where to go, this is it. If you want some tasty authentic poke then don’t miss Umekes. Great food...very fresh. Super service. We ate outside on the picnic tables. Glad we didn’t miss this place.

Thank TXCBCB
NakoaP, Owner at Umekes Ali'i Plaza, responded to this reviewResponded 16 July 2018

Aloha, Mahalo for your comments. We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed our poke and service. We hope to have you join us again someday soon to try out more local favorites. Have a wonderful day, Umekes Management Team

Reviewed 4 July 2018 via mobile

Loved this place - light lunch after a morning of snorkeling. I had teriyaki beef, Miss 13 had the shrimp/prawn. Beautifully fresh washed down with homemade strawberry lemonade.

Thank belgaicas
NakoaP, Owner at Umekes Ali'i Plaza, responded to this reviewResponded 5 July 2018

Aloha, Mahalo for your comments. We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your lunch with us. We hope to have you join us again someday soon. Have a wonderful day, Umekes Management Team

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Response from NakoaP | Property representative |
Google Maps or Google Search will help you as we have a virtual tour we also have online ordering and menu available online as well as business hours under Umekes Poke 808
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$9 - US$15
Cuisine
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Kids
Open Hours
Monday
10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 17:00
Thursday
10:00 - 17:00
Friday
10:00 - 17:00
Saturday
10:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 75-143 Hualalai Rd, Suite #105, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-3715
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Kailua-Kona
  • Phone Number: +1 808-329-3050
  • E-mail
Description
“UMEKE” is the Hawaiian word for “bowl.” At any Umeke’s eating establishment, a majority of menu items are designed to be served in bowls. Owner and Head Chef Nakoa Pabre is a seasoned professional who takes pride in giving customers the freshest, most exciting and varied menus that the Big Island has to offer. Guests typically design their own custom meal by selecting from a wide variety of Hawaiian inspired entree items accompanied by their choice of sides. Umekes prides itself in serving dishes using local ingredients that are of the highest quality. We source as many ingredients as possible from local fisherman, farmers, and ranchers. Our renowned poke is always created with only the freshest fish from Hawaiian waters as we aspire to share the boat to bowl experience with all of our guests. Over the counter poke bowls, beer, and our famous lemonade are served at this establishment. Only outdoor seating is available.
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