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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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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good36%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“lunch” (43 reviews)
“garlic rice” (22 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 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

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

Thank christinaJ333
Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Honestly - I was a bit skeptical when I walked in because the decor was a bit - meh. It's definitely a hole in the wall. Then I reminded myself that these places are usually pretty good. Glad I followed my instincts to stay. The...More

Thank ebonytravels17
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a tiny little local spot so please don't be detoured by the small size. The food here is so delicious! The rice is the best we have so far anywhere in Hawaii and the lamb was also exceptionally good. I thanked the chef....More

Thank Teresa H
Reviewed 28 February 2018 via mobile

We brought the picky picky kids. The chicken pita was a smash hit. It has the bbq chicken in it. We also had the broiled ahi salad, ahi don, and the bbq chicken. All were fabulous. The fries were steakcut. Just the right amount of...More

Thank M2552VCmelissad
Reviewed 21 February 2018

Great place to grab a quick bento or sit down and enjoy the ocean view and have lunch. Really nice ladies run this place and it's always super clean, which is always appreciated. :)

Thank bigislandcomputers
Reviewed 14 February 2018

There are only a few tables, you may have to wait. They have a small menu, small space, but big flavor. They were great at knowing what was gluten free and not.

Thank tedact
Reviewed 14 January 2018 via mobile

A small family run restaurant featuring fresh caught fish, vegetarian pitas and other Japanese specialties Great, flavorful meals

Thank groupleader45212
Reviewed 2 January 2018

This tiny hole in the wall is big on flavor & portions. You have to wait as there are only 6 tables in the whole place, but it is 100% worth the wait. The garlic rice is incredible. It comes with most orders. The salad...More

Thank SmitcheQ
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, 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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