Where to Eat in Hawi: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Marianna Hollaway

Hawi (Hawaiian pronunciation: [həˈvi]) is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States. The population was 1081 at the 2010 United States Census.
Things to do in Hawi

1. Kohala Coffee Mill

55-3412 Akoni Pule Highway, Hawi, Island of Hawaii, HI 96719 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi American, Cafe, Healthy, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast SGD 26 +1 808-889-5577
Excellent
56%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 292 reviews

Kohala Coffee Mill

Reviewed By NV_Travelers_77 - Mesquite, Nevada

We stopped here several times over four days, twice for breakfast/coffee and once for lunch. The staff is very helpful, their prices are high (normal for Hawaii), the internet is fast, and their offerings are fresh and tasty. We did not try their ice cream but it too looked yummy.

2. Sushi Rock and Trio

55-3435 Akoni Pule Highway, Hawi, Island of Hawaii, HI 96719 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Hawaiian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 5 - SGD 46 +1 808-889-5900
Excellent
79%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 706 reviews

Sushi Rock and Trio

A 5 star casual experience expanding the horizons of sushi featuring locally grown and raised mostly organic products and ingredients.Plenty of offeings for non fish eaters,vegetarians and those needing gluten free dining.Owner operated ,friendly and welcoming.Amazing house made desserts,salads,sandwiches,broiled items and, of course,world famous sushi!

Reviewed By FrozenMe - Boston, Massachusetts

If you are headed to the big island, for goodness sake, make a reservation at Sushi Rock. Seriously, this is something special. SR provided some of the best food we've had on a vacation and if it were located closer to home, we'd be there...MoreWow......the detail and effort in your review blow me away.I am humbled by your words and appreciate them more then you know.

3. Tropical Dreams Ice Cream

55-3412 Akoni Pule Hwy, Across from Bamboo Restaurant, Hawi, Island of Hawaii, HI 96719 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible Lunch +1 808-889-5577
Excellent
63%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 125 reviews

Tropical Dreams Ice Cream

This little old fashioned ice cream parlor and coffee shop has the best selection of Tropical Dreams flavors found on the Big Island. We loved the Green Tea Ice Cream, but the Coconut was good, too. Several sorbet flavors were available. All of the shops in Hawi look like they have been around for decades and this is no exception, but that's part of this town's charm.

Reviewed By nxmail - denver

Would have loved to try the ice cream because of the great reviews, but we were never served or even acknowledged. The place wasn’t crowded, and the few customers there already had their drinks and were chatting. There was only one person and another couple ahead of us waiting to order, but the two young women were busy with coffee orders, I guess, and never even acknowledged our presence, despite our standing at the counter for over 10 minutes. No Aloha spirit there.

Maybe the ice cream is good and is worth the wait, but it wasn’t worth being ignored for so long, so we left.

4. Bamboo Restaurant

55-3415 Akoni Pule Highway, Suite 270, Hawi, Island of Hawaii, HI 96719 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Asian, Polynesian, Hawaiian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks SGD 10 - SGD 39 +1 808-889-5555
Excellent
54%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 959 reviews

Bamboo Restaurant

Come to Bamboo for a feeling of the "Real Hawaii". Located in a historic building, we offer lunch, dinner and Sunday Brunch, and we invented the Passion Fruit Margarita and Mojito. Browse the gallery for local art and crafts. Come and find the aloha of the islands!

Reviewed By Carole517 - Spring Grove, Illinois

We were exploring the island and stopped in this small town just to browse. It happened to be around lunch, so we looked for a place to eat and walked into this local restaurant called Bamboo. What a treat. Servers were excellent and the owner (who is very proud of her O’Hara who were there) went to every table to make sure every one was satisfied with there food. We were also blessed with a surprise hula show by some locals that perform in the international contest every year that are personal friends of the owners. Was so much fun. Only down side, they charge $1.00 for soda refills, which I think is a little silly. Restaurants make enough money they shouldn’t have to barge extra for a refill. Yes, I would go back.

5. Sweet Potato Kitchen

55-3406 Akoni Pule Hwy, Hawi, Island of Hawaii, HI 96719 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Outdoor Seating, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available Cafe, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch SGD 5 - SGD 20 +1 808-345-7300
Excellent
70%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 74 reviews

Sweet Potato Kitchen

Sweet Potato Kitchen is a Gluten-Free Kitchen specializing in Non-GMO, Organic, Vegan Foods. We support our Community by acquiring ingredients Locally, making Healthy Foods that appeal to Adults & Children, keeping the menu fun, delicious & priced low enough that folks can enjoy daily visits! Our Head Chef, with his many years of experience, is amazingly talented when it comes to putting simple ingredients together to create a Divine dining experience! His sauces & gravies are Off-the-Chart! (The Mushroom Gravy combines Reishi & Miatake Mushrooms with various garden veggies and spices. Incredible and just $1.50!) We also offer Vegan Sweets & Treats like Coconut Cream based Ice Creams, Cream-filled cakes, Filled Chocolate Cups, Shakes, Smoothies, Brownies & items like Homemade PB&J on freshly baked Banana Bread! Pair that with any one of dozens of Teas, Juices, Coffee Alternatives or French Press Kona Coffee and enjoy a real treat! It's a great way to begin (or end) any day!

Reviewed By Gemaroo - Manlius, New York

What a great lunch we had here. We started with the pickle tray- an assortment of pickled veggies- okra, green beans, cucumbers, and sauerkraut made with cabbage and carrots and papaya. So good! Then we had the quinoa salad which was lemony and so tasty- served over a variety of peppery greens with fresh tomatoes. We also had the curried polenta- really tasty.

What a great place. Fresh food, great choices, not expensive! Excellent service too.

6. mi ranchito

Main Street, Hawi, Island of Hawaii, HI Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Mexican, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +1 808-756-4636
Excellent
64%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 50 reviews

mi ranchito

Just To The Sea Side Of The Liquor Store/convenience Store

Reviewed By Emma P - Barcelona, Spain

We stopped off in Hawi on a leisurely Monday afternoon and found this place by accident. Wonderful tasty great value Mexican food. Freshly cooked by a friendly couple of ladies. Would thoroughly recommend it. Much better than some of the other places in the town.

7. Minnie's

54 - 3854 Akoni Pule Hwy, Kapaau, Island of Hawaii, HI 96755 Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Outdoor Seating American, Hawaiian Lunch, Dinner +1 808-889-5288
Excellent
78%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 134 reviews

Minnie's

Reviewed By Cheryl T - Kapaau

We eat here quite often and their food is always perfectly prepared at reasonable prices. Service and friendliness is also a plus.

8. Kohala Village HUB PUB

55-514 Hawi Road, PO Box 511, Hawi, Island of Hawaii, HI 96719 Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available Hawaiian, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner SGD 5 - SGD 18 +1 808-889-0404
Excellent
55%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
5%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 39 reviews

Kohala Village HUB PUB

The Kohala Village HUB PUB is now serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Our wonderful menu includes local ingredients by local farmers such as: Lokahi Sanctuary Gardens, Sage Farms, HIP-Ag, Blue Dragon Farms, and many more! Hours of operation are: Wednesday-Saturday 8am-2pm & 4pm-9pm and Sundays 8am-2pm.

Reviewed By Bob R - Peoria, Illinois

We had a wonderful meal with during the rain. Jennifer made sure we were welcome and took time to explain the menu. Great tasting fish! Reasonable prices! Nice to sit outside during the rain.

Fish and chips were good as well as shrimp chowder.

Easy parking around the side.
RRR

9. GJ's Huli

Kohala Welcome Center, Hawi, Island of Hawaii, HI Barbecue Lunch
Excellent
89%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 18 reviews

GJ's Huli

Reviewed By JustinMD - Calgary, Canada

We randomly pulled into a gas station on our way from Hilo to Kona on the northern route and found this gem. Honestly, the best chicken and pork ribs you'll ever had for a very reasonable price ($10 for a huge plate of rice, ribs and salad). We also got their noodles which were amazing.

They were so good that we got some to go and ate it at the Honolulu airport prior to going back to Canada!

10. Kava Kafe

1 Akoni Pule Hwy., Hawi, Island of Hawaii, HI 96719 Seating Cafe, Hawaiian, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner SGD 3 - SGD 39 +1 808-889-5015
Excellent
60%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 25 reviews

Kava Kafe

Voted Hawaii's Best Kava Bar by the Hawaii Island Journal.The Kava Kafe has been serving the finest kava since 2004.

Reviewed By islandmommaToronto - toronto

This place is a cute shop nothing like your Starbucks in terms of decor but the coffee is incredible! The baked goods are homemade in flavor. But, what you really need to try here is the Kava. They make the drink in house and it is potent (FYI I think it taste like dirt smells). This is one of those places that you must visit because almost everybody who stops in Hawi does!

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