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“Stop for lunch while in Hilo”
Review of Puka Puka Kitchen

Puka Puka Kitchen
Ranked #14 of 254 Restaurants in Hilo
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
Reviewed 15 June 2014

Sort of a 'Mom and Pop; hole in the wall' restaurant with great food, great value (by Hawaii standards), very friendly staff; we were totally satisfied.

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Reviewed 31 May 2014

When visiting somewhere new, we try to visit as many local places as possible, and hardly ever will make an effort to come back to the same place twice. We came back to Puka Puka 3 times in a week and a half.

This is local Hawaiian food at its best. A tiny place, not at all fancy, but don't be shy. The service is warm and friendly. The food is fresh, beautifully presented with ample portions.

Do not, under any circumstances, miss the Ahi Don. The fish is incredible, prepared simply, so that you can appreciate every tasty bit of its fresh flavor. Even my incredibly picky father-in-law loved the Ahi Don. One of the best fish dishes we had on the island.

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Reviewed 16 April 2014 via mobile

Puka Puka is a little eatery with only around 6 tables and you might have to wait for a table but the food was so good. We had lamb pitas and they were yummy. The waitress was so friendly and very attentive to everyone that came in. A nice friendly place to eat.

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Reviewed 24 March 2014

We asked a local where to eat and they recommended Puka Puka Kitchen. It is a tiny little "whole-in-the-wall" kind of place. Only has 6 or so tables and a small counter along the front window. We had to wait for 20 minutes for a table to open. But oh boy, the food was awesome! We were very pleasantly surprised! Both of us enjoyed our food so much we were tempted to do the drive from Kona again just to eat there!

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Reviewed 27 February 2014

The joint is small, but the flavors are big. I had lamb (yummy) and my husband had ahi (the best fish he had in our 2 weeks in Hawaii). The garlic rice is good, but it was a touch oily. Still, I highly recommend this place!

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