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Puka Puka Kitchen

270 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2836
+1 808-933-2121
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good35%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“lunch” (47 reviews)
“garlic rice” (25 reviews)
“lamb” (30 reviews)
Asian, Hawaiian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
270 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2836
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Probably one of the best meals we had on the island. An unassuming utilitarian cafe on the main drag, we thought we would give it a try. Mind blown. Asked our server what was the house faves - on her recommendation husband had the lamb...More

1  Thank Sarahtravelbug43
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

First stop after arriving into Hilo. Had the Katsu, wife had ahi pocket. Both fresh hot and delicious. Lady that served us was extremely friendly and took the time to explain the menu.

Thank georgeyporgey69
Reviewed 7 August 2018

A great little hole-in-the-wall for lunch. Simple food done right and served hot. The scallop plate, lamb pita, chicken pita, and katsu chicken were all excellent.

Thank Weminuche
Reviewed 20 June 2018

Come hungry! I was so pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food at Puka Puka. We had lunch there because of the high trip advisor reviews. Be prepared, the place is small....the atmosphere is pretty simple. Not quite a hole in the wall, but...More

Thank ThePilotsWife07
Reviewed 21 May 2018

Puka Puka (Hawaiian for lots of holes, or little hole) Kitchen by far beats a lot of places around Hilo for both character, hospitality and amazing flavors! It's very humble, having only 3 tables and a window counter long enough for 3 small people or...More

1  Thank RobbyofMaui
Reviewed 20 May 2018 via mobile

Ahi Don and garlic rice was wonderful and the place is fun. Great value, lots of food for the price. Staff was very helpful and friendly

Thank Laura M
Reviewed 14 May 2018 via mobile

This super-friendly, unpretentious and tiny cafe was interesting because it serves locally inspired food. I ordered the lunch special, about $9 for chicken katsu, salad and a strange curry rice. The chicken was greasy and overbreaded. The rice was so full of turmeric and/or curry...More

Thank SunshineCheyenne
Reviewed 28 April 2018 via mobile

I left nothing on my plate but the utensils. Had the stewed lamb with garlic rice and salad. After 15 days on a cruise, and 3 days in 3 French Polynesian Islands with no local.food or restaurants, I was so happy to find Puka Puka....More

Thank Max L
Reviewed 25 April 2018

We found this place on Trip Advisor. The repeated kudos were spot on! Go here! After driving across The Big Island from Kona side, we were quite hungry and looking for excellent food. Puka Puka was the ultimate! Our food was authentic Hawaiian, fresh, clean...More

Thank Lauri_Loves_Travel
Reviewed 20 April 2018

We had been to the Puka Puka Kitchen for lunch on afternoon when we were visiting Hilo. We had ordered the Ahi Don plate which came with Garlic Rice, Salad and the Ahi Fish fries. The food was freshly made. Garlic rice was very tasty....More

Thank chak1014
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 270 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2836
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Hilo
  • Phone Number: +1 808-933-2121
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