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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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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW 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 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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342 reviews
188 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 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 23 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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109 reviews
72 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 24 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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163 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 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 3 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
San Diego, California, United States
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662 reviews
340 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 342 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2016

Kava, as defined by Google: 1. a narcotic sedative drink made in Polynesia from the crushed roots of a plant of the pepper family. 2. the Polynesian shrub from which the kava root is obtained. $5 Kava drink: it doesn't taste good, but I wanted to find out what the deal was. My lips, mouth, and tongue went a bit... More 

Thank John P

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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
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, 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?