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Puka Puka Kitchen

270 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2836
+1 808-933-2121
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good35%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“lunch” (46 reviews)
“garlic rice” (25 reviews)
“lamb” (30 reviews)
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Asian, Hawaiian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
270 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2836
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Reviewed August 7, 2018

A great little hole-in-the-wall for lunch. Simple food done right and served hot. The scallop plate, lamb pita, chicken pita, and katsu chicken were all excellent.

Thank Weminuche
Reviewed June 20, 2018

Come hungry! I was so pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food at Puka Puka. We had lunch there because of the high trip advisor reviews. Be prepared, the place is small....the atmosphere is pretty simple. Not quite a hole in the wall, but...More

Thank ThePilotsWife07
Reviewed May 21, 2018

Puka Puka (Hawaiian for lots of holes, or little hole) Kitchen by far beats a lot of places around Hilo for both character, hospitality and amazing flavors! It's very humble, having only 3 tables and a window counter long enough for 3 small people or...More

1  Thank RobbyofMaui
Reviewed May 19, 2018 via mobile

Ahi Don and garlic rice was wonderful and the place is fun. Great value, lots of food for the price. Staff was very helpful and friendly

Thank Laura M
Reviewed May 14, 2018 via mobile

This super-friendly, unpretentious and tiny cafe was interesting because it serves locally inspired food. I ordered the lunch special, about $9 for chicken katsu, salad and a strange curry rice. The chicken was greasy and overbreaded. The rice was so full of turmeric and/or curry...More

Thank SunshineCheyenne
Reviewed April 27, 2018 via mobile

I left nothing on my plate but the utensils. Had the stewed lamb with garlic rice and salad. After 15 days on a cruise, and 3 days in 3 French Polynesian Islands with no local.food or restaurants, I was so happy to find Puka Puka....More

Thank Max L
Reviewed April 25, 2018

We found this place on Trip Advisor. The repeated kudos were spot on! Go here! After driving across The Big Island from Kona side, we were quite hungry and looking for excellent food. Puka Puka was the ultimate! Our food was authentic Hawaiian, fresh, clean...More

Thank Lauri_11111
Reviewed April 19, 2018

We had been to the Puka Puka Kitchen for lunch on afternoon when we were visiting Hilo. We had ordered the Ahi Don plate which came with Garlic Rice, Salad and the Ahi Fish fries. The food was freshly made. Garlic rice was very tasty....More

Thank chak1014
Reviewed April 19, 2018

1 -Yes, this is 'hole in the wall', ok, some of the best food can be found in such establishments. - no problem 2 - tiny place, 4-5 tables and window seats - no problem 3 - very "tired" and a bit grubby looking -...More

1  Thank christinaJ333
Reviewed April 2, 2018 via mobile

Not very many tables but it was worth the wait. Waitress vey nice. Food was excellent. Everyone happy including 17 year old picky eater.

Thank Heather R
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 270 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2836
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Hilo
  • Phone Number: +1 808-933-2121
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