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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” (35 reviews)
“garlic rice” (20 reviews)
“lamb” (29 reviews)
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Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
270 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2836
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A favorite with locals and visitors who find out about the place. Simple meals well prepared. Friendly atmosphere. Clearly a favorite among locals for take out bento meals. Inexpensive, but reliably fresh with tasty meals. Clearly this place has done well in the 4-5 years...More

Thank Itivdleq
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

...you know, as an european...after a couple of days, everything tase nearly the same in the us. NOT HERE. Had the best chicken salad and fries in hole hawaii. Oh my godness, all really fresh, tasty, delicious!!!! I will come back again tomorrow , for...More

Thank Philipp K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had lunch here today as reviews were good. As we had to head to the airport in 30 minutes we were worried we would be running late if this kitchen took a while to serve. However, we were nicely surprised by the deliciousness of...More

Thank Chrissy2117
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Spent three days in Hilo. Was downtown for one of them and heading to Richardson Beach Park to stroll. Picked up a really tasty snack from here to eat in the park. The place does not look like much, but the food is really good.

Thank marchiquita
Reviewed 4 weeks 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 10 November 2017

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 18 October 2017 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 9 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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
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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