Kona Brewing

Li Hing MargaritaLet’s see, what do you do on a Sunday afternoon, in Hawaii Kai, when there’s a marathon going on and the streets are pretty well blocked off? You find a place to have some lunch! When all else fails, eat!

There are several places we could have gone but being that travel was a little… less than convenient, we decided to try something different to make the afternoon just a little more interesting.

So, we opted to visit the Kona Brewing Co. in Koko Marina Center. We had eaten there before but it was a long time ago, so we were due for another visit. It was kind of nice because, it was pretty empty. Most of Hawaii Kai had either gotten out of town or decided to stay safely ensconced in their homes.

Outside the front of Kona Brewing Co.

Even though the day started out rainy and gloomy, the skies continued to clear up and it was actually turning out to be a nice afternoon.

Overlooking Koko Marina

It was still overcast but not like it had been in the early morning hours when the runners all started out drenched.

Inside the Kona Brewing Co.

It was actually kind of nice to be in a restaurant on a slow day. It was quiet and the staff were helpful and moving at a more comfortable and relaxed speed but still getting us fed. I was hungry!

Greek Pizza

They had a lot of interesting looking things on the menu, like this Greek pizza.

Guava grilled fish

I opted for this grilled fish… not sure what kind of fish it was but it talked about grilled and guava in the description and it was accompanied with steamed vegetable that I happen to like a lot, so it wasn’t hard to choose! πŸ™‚

Mango sorbet

Sometimes it’s fun to eat at places that seem to cater to tourists because they have fun things to eat… like this mango sorbet. It was a nice, smooth dessert that was good tasting and not too sweet. It was just enough to top off the fish and kill any sugar craving without be too overbearing.

Big Island Steak House that used to be in Aloha Tower Market Place downtown had a mango sorbet that was excellent! I’m not sure what happened to them but they closed their doors some time back. There was another restaurant that opened in that same location but they’re gone now too. It was on the second floor so that may be a bad location with a lot less foot traffic than the eateries downstairs at Aloha Tower.

Duck swimming by

Anyway, at Koko Marina Center in Hawaii Kai, the Kona Brewing Co. provided us with a very nice lunch. The restaurant is clean and inviting, and even the ducks like to swim by for a visit. The atmosphere was warm with their Christmas tree up by the front entrance and their little stockings hung across the walkway. Simone was our waitress and she was very patient with us as we kept asking questions while we were trying to figure out what to eat. Thanks Simone!

It suddenly dawned on me that “Kona Brewing” sounds like we’re talking about coffee. Not exactly… the Kona Brewing Co. brews ales, i.e. beer. Those are hand crafted ales, according to the little coaster under our drinks, and they’ve been doing this since 1994. I almost forgot that I wanted to include their little statement on that coaster. This gives you a feeling for the personality of the company:

The Powerful Volcanoes, the inviting waters of the Pacific Ocean and the free spirit of Island Surfing inspire us to brew our Liquid Aloha.

How can you go wrong with that?

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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Sheila // Dec 13, 2007 at 4:36 pm

    It sounds like the kind of place I’d like. That “unknown” fish looks very tasty! When we go to Hawaii we try to have fish a lot because it’s so good and fresh there. Plus there are quite a few fishes that we can’t get at all at home.

  • 2 Evelyn // Dec 13, 2007 at 5:06 pm

    You know Sheila, I never thought about that. I guess we’re fortunate when it comes to fresh fish. Well, that just means you guys need to come over more often! πŸ™‚

  • 3 Charley Foster // Dec 13, 2007 at 5:43 pm

    that pizza look great, too.

    Mmmmmm. Pizza and beeeeeeeer.

  • 4 Evelyn // Dec 13, 2007 at 7:43 pm

    Hey Charley! Yep, the pizza was a little mouth watering. πŸ™‚ How are things on Kauai? I need to go leave you a comment on something you were talking about over there on the Planet!

    Thanks for stopping by! Comments are always appreciated!

  • 5 John // Dec 28, 2007 at 9:42 am

    We were there in May and fell in love with the food and thier Porter. The Greek pizza is as good as it looks – in fact my wife got to craving it once back stateside. She tried calling them to get it flown in but it must not have been feasible – we’re still with out. Sorry I didn’t notice the fish – that looks good also.

  • 6 Evelyn // Dec 28, 2007 at 9:50 am

    Hi John! Thanks for c0nfirming that! We had another restaurant pizza (Thai Chicken pizza) that used to be to-die-for delicious! We had friends who even thought about Fedex! πŸ™‚ I know what you mean about craving those satisfying tastes! Well, for Kona Brewing I think they’re definitely worth a return trip… or two… or more!

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