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“Island Style Comfort Food”
Review of Kau Kau Depot - CLOSED

Kau Kau Depot
Cuisines: American, Hawaiian
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Reviewed 10 July 2013

Go toThe Kau Kau Depot in Waikoloa Village for inexpensive, good, home style local food as an alternative to the pricey resorts on the Kohala coast. The owner, Malcolm, is likely the friendliest person on the island and exemplifies the "Aloha Spirit". He greets everyone, both residents & visitors with genuine, upbeat energy and thanks you for your patronage once you leave. Nothing fancy about the restaurant, but just good comfort food. My favorites are the Loco Moco, rice, hamburger patties, eggs covered in brown gravy; a true "gut bomb", and the juicy classic burger & fries for only $7. Malcolm is also an avid golfer, so if you want local knowledge of where to play golf on the Big Island, he's got great inside information on the courses.

Melissa Ozaki, is a talented Waikoloa artist focusing on island themes also shows her prints & tiles at the restaurant and is quick to talk story not only about her artwork but general information on the island.

After a meal at the Kau Kau Depot, you leave with a full stomach and good feelings to start the day because of Malcolm and his friendly staff.

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Thank AquacatWaikoloa_HI
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Reviewed 23 June 2013

We found this place late in our vacation but glad we did. They offer a variety of food and one of our favorites was the Village Breakfast. It comes with eggs to order, potatoes or rice ( recommend the potatoes with the onions and peppers) choice of meat (recommend the Portuguese sausage) fresh fruit and toast. great flavors. we also sampled the grilled cheese, BBQ pork, Chicken Katsu.
The sweet bread French toast which was light and fluffy and a large portion. We also had the pancakes that were very good, both were fabulous with the Guava Jelly and the coffee is what a body needs in the morning. Besides the fact that you can feed four people for around $40.00 it is the open atmosphere and friendly family feeling that keeps bringing you back,

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1  Thank Tim J
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Reviewed 5 June 2013

Let's face it: food in Hawaii is expensive for both locals and tourists. If you're staying at a resort hotel it can reach astronomical heights. There are a multitude of reasons for this, but the primary one is that about 95% of Hawaii's food comes from outside the state, which means it has to be shipped or flown a minimum of 2,400 miles. Local food producers are struggling to increase market share and are slowly succeeding, but they face other high costs such as wages and energy.

Thankfully, if you're visiting the Waikoloa Coast on the west side of the Big Island, you have an inexpensive choice for very good food: Kau Kau Depot. The cost of this very good food ranges from a mere $5 all the way up to $9; very easy on the pocket indeed!

I've been going to Kau Kau Depot for as long as they've been open; about four years now. Malcolm, the owner, is one of the friendliest people in the world, even by already friendly Hawaii standards. He greets you as you enter, often stops to chat with you while you're dining, and gives you a hearty thanks for stopping by when you leave. The wonderful people that work with him are equally friendly and helpful. The atmosphere is always warm and welcoming; it feels like you're stopping at somebody's house, not a business.

Kau Kau (for short, pronounced Cow Cow) is open for Breakfast and Lunch, If you're like me and want breakfast as your first meal of the day regardless of the time, you'll love that Kau Kau serves breakfast all day. They also serve lunch all day.

If you're looking for tablecloths and stainless silverware and ceramic plates and mugs, you'll be disappointed. It's all about great food at low cost, so plastic plates and utensils and cups are de rigueur. But you'll be so busy enjoying both the food and the atmosphere you won't even notice the picnic-like tableware.

Great breakfast items include a meat (Spam, bacon or ham) and egg fried sandwich or a 2 eggs/meat/fruit/toast breakfast; both for just $5. There's also yummy fried rice with egg for just $7.

Not only do they have delicious coffee to accompany any meal, they also have Lattes and other coffee drinks available. Malcolm knows I like a big cup of coffee with lots of cream steamed up extra hot in the kitchen, and always gets it for me without my even having to ask.

Other breakfasts include various Loco Mocos, a hearty local Hawaiian meal of rice, meat, egg, brown gravy. Kau Kau gives you a choice of a traditional Loco Moco with a hamburger patty, as well as a Katsu, a Chili, and a Beef Stew Loco Moco. They also have Sweet Bread French Toast as well as a Homemade Cornbeef Hash, plus an excellent Breakfast Burrito. Any one of them will fill you for most of the day.

One dish that I especially like when I'm really hungry: Pancakes & Bacon. Not only do you get four huge fluffy pancakes with the bacon; they also give you regular syrup, guava jelly, and coconut syrup (my personal favorite) to enjoy with them. I've often split this dish with others for just $3 each!

Although I have rarely had lunch at Kau Kau, I can vouch for the brisket sandwich as being wonderfully tender and flavorful, as well as the hamburgers with or without cheese plus fries. Also on the menu are chicken or Korean katsu or a hamburger steak, all with or without curry.

So if you're tired of hotel food and want some local flavor and hospitality at a very reasonable price, or simply want to grab some takeout on the way to your Big Island explorations, take a quick 6-mile drive uphill on Waikoloa Drive to Kau Kau. When you come to the intersection entrance to Waikoloa Village, turn right. It's the second building on the right. For you folks with GPS, the formal address is 68-1897 Pua Melia St Waikoloa, HI 96738.

Tell Dave that Frank sent you...he'll give you a big laugh and welcome you with Aloha...

Enjoy!

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1  Thank WaikoloaFrank
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Reviewed 13 May 2013

This Kau Kau depot is Daves plate and coffee. The owner was telling us he has just not had time to complete the process of changing names for the 2 businesses. Great Place! see Dave's reviews!

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Thank suzannejcm
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