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Kanaka Kava

Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
Polynesian, Hawaiian
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75-5803 Alii Dr Ste 6B, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-1330
+1 808-327-1660
10:00 - 23:00
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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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27 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Hidden little spot tucked away off the main drag with a local feel. My wife and I split a fish plate (maybe ahi?) with poke and uala (sweet potatoes). I grew up as a kid in Hawaii with native family, and this food was as authentic as I remember having it. Absolutely delicious. It's a bit pricier than the average... More 

Thank Mastashen
Level Contributor
15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went here because we thought it would be fun to try the kava. It was very fun! They describe the taste perfectly, sort of like dirty potato water with the slight numbing and a slight elevating of the mood. From photos it looks like a kind of dark little bar, but it was actually open sided and sunny with a... More 

Thank galleygirlBoston
Los Angeles, California
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72 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

I'm so glad we came here after reading all the reviews - this is a gem of a spot! Hidden away, and definitely with a local vibe - we got the Pupu Platter and it sure did not disappoint. Everything in it was amazing, the poke, the sweet potato, the squid luau - and the kalua pork was the best... More 

Thank Dylan H
South Carrollton, Ky
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346 reviews
191 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

Not everyday does one get to try kava. I've known about kava from a daughter who was invited into a Fijiian village & was served kava. This is the first place I've run into it myself. So I actually participated in the kava ceremony with a young lady guiding me through the procedure. The drink itself was not as bad... More 

Thank WorldTravelers1218
Holt, United States
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

What a place to unwind! Enjoyed a bowl of Kava (not the taste) but VERY relaxing drink and the home cooked REAL Hawaiian food was SO delicious! Very fresh and made with love!

Thank Sandy M
Salt Lake City, Utah
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113 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

The taste is definitely not for everyone, but it's worth trying a couple. The Haupia and sweet potato pie was a wonderful dessert. Pulled pork was salty and tasty. Locals were relaxed and friendly. Saw several tourists come and go. It's worth sharing a bench and staying for a bit. I feel relaxed after three shells of kava.

Thank Kweejee
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016

Lots of easy shopping when your there, no pushy people just take your time and eat or shop til you drop!

Thank Gail C
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 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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173 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 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 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Polynesian, Hawaiian
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats
Open Hours
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 75-5803 Alii Dr Ste 6B, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-1330
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Kailua-Kona
  • Phone Number: +1 808-327-1660

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