We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Pono Market

Certificate of Excellence
Seafood, Polynesian, Hawaiian, Asian
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
4-1300 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaa, Kauai, HI 96746-1656
+1 808-822-4581
06:00 - 18:00
Closed now
See all hours
Mon - Fri 06:00 - 18:00
Sat 06:00 - 16:00
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

379 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 373: English reviews
Portland, Oregon
Level Contributor
32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You know a place is good when all of the locals are lined up here at lunch time. Secret, go early as if you go after 12:30-1:00 PM, will likely be out of many things.

Thank CajunQuest
Level Contributor
28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great little place- It serves excellent local style food relatively (for Kauai) cheaply. For most humans over the age of 40 a rice bowl with one hot dish is sufficient. Kalua Pork, Katsu chicken and Poke are excellent. They sell out of lots of stuff early, so don't expect to roll in at 1 and have all... More 

Thank AZtarheelTucson
Bend, Oregon
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Best Hawaiian food on the island! Great service too! Searched the island for two days looking for some pig and potato mac and finally this place did not disappoint.

Thank Katrina G
Chico, California
Level Contributor
103 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were referred to this place by a local and were happy we went. At least my husband was. I don't really care for seafood, but my husband loves it. He said the poke here is "really, really good" and insisted that we go back there several times during our stay on the island so he could get more. They... More 

Thank ESS_lover
Kauai, Hawaii
Level Contributor
6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 11 April 2017

I think Pono Market has the best take out plate lunch on the island. They also have delicious sushi and other items for take out. The poke is excellent! You can get coffee and ice cream there as well. For vegetarians there is veggie sushi, ocean salad and kalolo. I always recommend this place to my friends and family. There... More 

Thank Alohatraveler19
Cumming, Georgia
Level Contributor
28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 April 2017 via mobile

Stopped here after reading about in guide book and glad we did! The Kalua Pig would win any BBQ competition, hands down, and the various Poke we tried were light and fresh tasting. My girls were all 'too full' to finish their pork, but they wouldn't let me finish their leftovers. :( Sad times indeed :(

Thank MelissasHusband
Honolulu, HI
Level Contributor
35 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2017

I had a poke bowl with spicy ahi poke. The prices for all of their plate lunches seemed very reasonable, especially for Kauai. The poke bowl was under $7. The fish was fresh and the poke had just the right amount of spice for me. If I lived on Kauai, I'd eat there a few times every month.

Thank kimcheeboy
Level Contributor
198 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2017 via mobile

This joint can't get much more local. Sushi, poke, and other native fare. Also it's a REAL coffee shop with espresso, latte, and cappuccino. Great place to start your day.

Thank lyle7692
Level Contributor
99 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 March 2017 via mobile

This was our first stop for food once reaching hawaii. It was a bit overwhelming as it is quite a busy little stop but the staff were friendly and patient and we eventually decided on kalua pork and laulau cabbage. Both were pretty good though I'm not sure how much of a fan I am of taro but the pork... More 

Thank Sarah M
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Level Contributor
26 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2017

This was an anniversary trip, so had to visit the place we got our marriage license all those years ago. Smaller shop now, but same great food and friendly folks.

Thank Ron308

Travellers who viewed Pono Market also viewed


Been to Pono Market? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Seafood, Polynesian, Hawaiian, Asian
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
06:00 - 18:00
06:00 - 18:00
06:00 - 18:00
06:00 - 18:00
06:00 - 18:00
06:00 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4-1300 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaa, Kauai, HI 96746-1656
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Kauai  >  Kapaa
  • Phone Number: +1 808-822-4581

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Pono Market and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from Pono Market staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?