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Kanaka Kava

  • 75-5803 Alii Dr. Map It
  • Kailua-Kona
  • American

Known for

  • Kava served in coconut cups
  • Authentic Hawaiian food
  • Hawaiian specialties like fresh fish and laulau
  • Colorful clientele

Published 01/20/2010

Fodor's Review

This is a popular local hangout, and not just because the kava makes you mellow. The Hawaiian proprietors also serve traditional Hawaiian food, including fresh poke, bowls of pulled kalua pork, and healthy organic greens, available in fairly large portions for less than you'll pay elsewhere. In addition, the cafe offers fresh-fish plates, opihi (limpets), vegetarian options, and traditional Hawaiian laulau (pork or chicken wrapped in taro leaves and steamed). Used for relaxation, organic kava root is harvested on the Hamakua Coast and transformed into a traditional, slightly bitter brew. Seating is at a premium, but don't be afraid to share a table and make friends.

Restaurant Information


Coconut Grove Marketplace, 75-5803 Alii Dr., Space B6, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, 96740, USA

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Published 01/20/2010


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