Top 8 restaurants in Naalehu, United States

April 14, 2018 Claudia Navarrete

Naalehu is a community in Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States. Naʻālehu means "the volcanic ashes" in Hawaiian It is the southernmost community with a post office in the 50 states of the United States. (See List of extreme points of the United States.) For statistical purposes, the United States Census Bureau has defined Naalehu as a census-designated place (CDP). The census definition of the area may not precisely correspond to local understanding of the area with the same name. The population was 866 at the 2010 census, down from 919 at the 2000 census.
Things to do in Naalehu

1. Punaluu Bake Shop and Visitor Center

95 - 5642 Mamalahoa Hwy, Naalehu, Island of Hawaii, HI 96722 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe, Hawaiian, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch 929-7343
Excellent
54%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 742 reviews

Punaluu Bake Shop and Visitor Center

Reviewed By NTSU1975 - Georgetown, Texas

I had purchased two loaves of bread previously on our Big Island trip before stumbling on the actual bakery. Apparently, most of the bread in the groceries stores is baked here. This visit though was for some delicious pastries. The place can be pretty busy at times as tour buses stop here. There are various places outdoors to enjoy your purchase. Fresh salads and sandwiches are available, so this makes for an all around great food stop. There is also a nice selection of those trinkets you want to take home. Clean place, good food, friendly workers make this a 5 star stop.

2. Shaka Restaurant

95-5673 Mamalahoa Hwy, Naalehu, Island of Hawaii, HI 96772 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar, Hawaiian Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 808-929-7404
Excellent
21%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
9%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 184 reviews

Shaka Restaurant

Reviewed By Jim L

We arrived in Naalehu hungry at 7:15. My wife reminded me that Hawaii shuts down early and, we aren’t exactly in prime tourist country. I smugly pointed out the 'open until 9' sign as we pulled into Shaka’s. Besides us, there was a group of four already with their food, and some local boys hanging out. The food was great, unfortunately the Shaka was in short supply. We really got the feeling the waitress didn’t want to serve us and would be happier if we just left! The reception was chilly, but the hamburger and chicken Katsu were both hot, good and filling. The service was slow, and we weren't finished until 8:30. By then, the chairs were already stacked on the tables and the outside lights turned off.
The food was good enough I will give them a second chance… and arrive earlier too!

3. Ka Lae Coffee

94-2166 South Point Rd, One Mile Down South Point Road, Naalehu, Island of Hawaii, HI 96772 Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Accepts Credit Cards Cafe, American Breakfast, Brunch +1 208-964-3604
Excellent
81%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 78 reviews

Ka Lae Coffee

Thank you for your continued patronage! Southernmost Coffee Shop in the USA! Come in for a specialty espresso drink either hot or iced, have a delicious baked good and wander through our three commercial greenhouses filled with orchids, bromeliads and anthuriums! Pre-made sandwiches and snacks usually available. Bring in your own bottle or cup for water refills.

Reviewed By jennihowie - Caloundra, Australia

We stopped in here by chance on a drive to volcano park and came back three times the coffee was so good. The macadamia tarts and other treats are beautiful. The third time we stopped we had the most unbelievable caramel frappe. Beautiful setting and gardens. Most helpful and pleasant barista.

4. Punalu'u Bake Shop

Route 11, Naalehu, Island of Hawaii, HI 96772 Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe, Hawaiian Breakfast, Lunch +1 808-929-7343
Excellent
50%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 58 reviews

Punalu'u Bake Shop

Reviewed By IWork2TravelUSA - Cary, North Carolina

Excellent baked goods, sandwiches and soup. We ate lunch here but also purchased sandwiches and baked goods to take back to our Bed & Breakfast in Volcano for dinner. Everything was good. It can get busy here but service is prompt. Lots of free parking onsite.

5. Flyin' Hawaiian Coffee foodtruck

95-5668 State Hwy 11, near the Methodist church in Naalehu, Naalehu, Island of Hawaii, HI 96772
Excellent
84%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 6 reviews

Flyin' Hawaiian Coffee foodtruck

Reviewed By Tatiana L

A great place to stop between Hilo and Kailua-Kona, or on the way to Volcanoes National Park. The owner was so nice and attentive. She said she wanted me to be happy with my order. Both, my husband and I, were extremely happy with our coffees. He had plain black and I had a caramel macchiato which tasted like heaven!

The truck owner sets small tables and chair outside. So, one can either sit there, take a break from driving and sip on his/her coffee or take the drinks on the go. Mine stayed nice and hot for quite a while.

6. Aloha Mix Food Truck

95-5649 C Mamalahoa Highway, Naalehu, Island of Hawaii, HI 96772 +1 808-756-8359
Excellent
100%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 3 reviews

Aloha Mix Food Truck

Reviewed By MoniqueHawaii - Honolulu

It is the purple food truck parked across the street from the Naalehu bake shop.
We tried the garlic shrimp plate and the lemon pepper garlic plate and they were excellent. It came with a scoop of rice and a nice small salad. Everything was fresh and great tasting. There are not many places to eat in town so we were very happy to finally be able to order some food at that place, because they were closed the first 2 days we were in town (Monday & Tuesday). We also had a glass of the fresh Kombucha and it was very good! Plus the owner/chef was super friendly!

7. South Side Shaka Restaurant & Bar

955673 Mamalahoa Highway, Naalehu, Island of Hawaii, HI 96772 Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout Bar, Pub Lunch, Dinner
Excellent
20%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
30%
Poor
10%
Terrible
10%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 20 reviews

South Side Shaka Restaurant & Bar

Reviewed By Fredandethe

Visited this cool restaurant/bar a few years ago and was impressed with food and service. We had the Loco Moco and Pork/Cabbage plate. Both of them were very good. Macaroni salad was delicious.
The service was not quite as good as the food, thus the 3 stars. Our waitress appeared more interested in talking with her friends than taking our order or attending to our table.
Nevertheless, we would return to this location.

8. Black Lava

955649 A Mamalahoa Highway, Naalehu, Island of Hawaii, HI 96772 +1 808-939-8538
Excellent
50%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 4 reviews

Reviewed By Angela P - Kelowna, Canada

Well, I tried the kava. I am not a vapor (vape-er? viper?) haha! Anyways, it was fun and informative. I was impressed with the testimonial that the vape helped Delsey stop smoking completely, and Gary on the way there. Wow!
The kava was medicinal and awesome, what an interesting history and use by the indigenous peoples of the South Pacific.
When Gary and Delsey ask you to come, sit, and talk story, they mean it! They are kind, welcoming, and reassuring. I felt right at home and bought some Donkey Balls (chocolates, tee hee!) there too. They sell local coffee and will also soon have an espresso machine. The coffee was strong and delicious! Pop by,they are in the back of the building that has the rainbow flag out front. You can't miss it!

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