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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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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good37%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“lunch” (37 reviews)
“lamb” (35 reviews)
“garlic rice” (20 reviews)
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Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
270 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2836
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1 - 10 of 153 reviews

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Do yourself a favor and eat here asap. The food is super delicious. We had the Japanese Katsu Curry which was outstanding along with an accompanying salad. We visit the Big Island several times a year and always make a point to eat here. Don't...More

Thank Jennifer P
Reviewed 1 week ago

We tried Puka Puka for something different, won't go back considering the other options in Hilo. The service was ok considering how busy they were (it's a tiny place) there was one gal as a server and one guy cooking. Everything and I mean everything...More

Thank Kelly K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Small restaurant with exceptional food and service! Prices more than reasonable; wife and I had very nice lunch for $25. I had the seared ahi Don and the wife had the chicken katsu, both came with salad and curried rice. Everything was a wonderful tasteful...More

Thank oldduke07
Reviewed 8 August 2017

Good variety of take out, local plate lunch with variations. Always go there whenever I happen to get to Hilo

Thank Richard W
Reviewed 6 August 2017

As many of the reviewers have said, don't be misled by the look of the place. With just a couple of tables and a super causal feel, the food doesn't disappoint. Take it to go or enjoy it there, either way you'll be glad you...More

Thank slp9700
Reviewed 4 August 2017 via mobile

Puka Puka Kitchen is about a block away from the Farmers Market and was one reason to have lunch there on a hot day. Whatever you order you gotta have the garlic rice. I won't try to figure out the ingredients but it compliments the...More

Thank JoeBlow88
Reviewed 10 July 2017

This is one of those places that looks like nothing but gets it all just right. I actually considered giving up my vacation to volunteer in the kitchen to steal their secrets! They have the best fish, the most wonderful salads and the garlic rice...More

Thank Valerie V
Reviewed 20 June 2017

Puka Puka Kitchen may not look like much, but if you are hungry and lucky enough to see an open table when passing by, grab it. I seem to have been the only one ordering the lamb plate, which I liked. Seafood was more popular...More

1  Thank Huckleberry_Finn_808
Reviewed 27 April 2017

We stopped here because of the high ratings on TripAdvisor. The menu looks interesting, but that was about it. Once is enough.

1  Thank BigIsleFoodie
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Nice portion, great taste, curry fried rice was an unexpected but welcome experience, salad was exceptional, seafood was nicely prepared, ambiance lets you know this is a good local spot and you definitely feel like your next to the beach. Superb and "ono"-licous.

Thank Corey T
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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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