Kani Ka Pila Grille - Outrigger Hotel

4.1
29 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Honolulu’s top restaurant venue for Hawaiian music is one of the island’s favorite gathering places for casual drinks and tasty pupu appetizers, from kalua pork nachos to ahi poke. Kani Ka Pila means “a gathering around music,” and you’ll find Hawaii’s most beloved musicians performing contemporary and traditional Hawaiian music nightly from 6pm to 9pm.
Walk-ins only.
Reservations only available for parties of 10 and over.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Daily 11:00 am–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(808) 924-4990
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Cross street
Kalia Road
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Parking details
$6.00 validation with purchase. Limited availability.
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Cocktails, Entertainment, Late Night, Non-Smoking, View
What 29 People Are Saying
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4.1based on all time ratings
3.7
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4.1
service
4.2
ambience
3.9
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Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

Didn't realize this was just the pool side dining at the outrigger hotel. Band was very loud and you could not have a conversation. We moved to another restaurant when we realized what this was like. They should let you know this in their website... we were looking for a proper dining experience. Would be fine for snacks but not dinner out.

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SR
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The live entertainment by Ho'okena is the best of all Waikiki. And the food and service are perfect. Can't beat it with a stick!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Music was outstanding

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L
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We are locals and go for the authentic local music. Kanakapila Grill features some of Hawaii's premier Hawaiian entertainers and musicians and we love the relaxed, local atmosphere where my sisters can go up and dance their hula and we can sing along with favorite songs. Guests and tourists may not realize the top quality of the entertainment schedule but we do and look forward to a fun night of beautiful music. Food is okay, service is always good, but the surroundings and music make up for any lack.

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h
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

プールサイドのレストランで演奏を聴きながら食事が出来て非常によかった。是非もう一度いってみたい。料理の金額はリーズナブルで、ウエイターの方も非常に良かった。

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g
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Local entertainment was a treat, Mai-Tais were were a cut above the rest and the Chicken stew was yummy!

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CG
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This experience was awesome

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Server was great! Really liked the fried rice. The band on Friday night was awesome!

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OT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and beverage. Great music.

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RF
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for fabulous real Hawaiian music by star performers. Server Bernie was as kind and sweet as anyone could be. Food was fresh and good. Never thought I’d see a wine pairing for Loco Moco but it was right on. Thank you for keeping a place in Waikiki where we can take guests who want to hear local music by local musicians and I don’t mean the very nice Mr Johnson . Mahalo nui.

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W
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The live music was nice and the server attentive and friendly but the food was below what we expected in terms of quality and preparation for the price. The bar area guests were a little loud which made quiet conversation difficult. Would give it higher marks if the food quality was a bit better.

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K
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Mainly came here for the live Hawaiian music, which was outstanding. The service was excellent, and we enjoyed the fried calimari, backyard chicken and Kahlua pork and cabbage stew, which was their "Pop's on the Stove " special stew of the night. Prices were reasonable especially with the free entertainment. My only complaint was the noise level was not conducive to listening to the music, especially as the bar patrons kept getting louder and louder.

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g
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

火曜日のウェルドンを聞きに行きました。地元のフラガールと知り合いになり、
楽しい時間を過ごせました。
ウェルドンの歌をこんなに近くで聞けることに感激しました。
お料理もシェアしやすいものが多くて美味しかったです。

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

We made reservations for eight people but when we arrived at the restaurant, they had only reserved a table for two. Leslie and Michel bent over backwards to find suitable seating for our party.
The weather was bad but the music was outstanding! We will be back to, hopefully, the correct table.

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S
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

In addition to good food, there is fantastic live local music every night. Lots of local folks come for the music and often get up to hula. Wonderful venue to join friends.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This is the BEST place for good, local live music. The caliber of musicians that play here is so high! The atmosphere in the evening somehow manages to be fun and casual, and intimate and romantic at the same time. I would recommend Kani Ka Pila Grille as a must-visit while in Waikiki.

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SW
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 1

New Years eve

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A
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We love to visit for the live music in the evenings whenever we're in Honolulu. Food is good, service is friendly, atmosphere is relaxed, and the authentic Hawaiian music is much appreciated and always good.

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t
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

お店の雰囲気が良く、ハワイアンバンドの生演奏もあり、料理の方も凄く量が多くて
食べ応えがあった。焼そばは日本のものを
想像していたが、だいぶ違う焼そばだった。

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2017
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

The service was very slow ! We waited about 15 minutes before a server came to our table. The appetizer took over a half hour and the entrees were not worth the price . I ordered short rib but it was not like any short rib I’ve had before and was very salty . Overall not a good dining experience . The only saving grace was the live entertainment .

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful casual atmosphere with great bartenders and music. One of our favorite places when visiting Waikiki.

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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, good food and music

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LK
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This has your typical bar meal fare, nothing too complicated or fancy. The service was great though, I waiter even switched my moms sides because had said when order her main dish she didn’t like onions so he gave he an onion less side rather than what she had asked for- she was really impressed. I think the live music is the biggest draw here. There was a great band(3 guys) playing Hawaiian songs- no pop music covers just happy cheerful well sung Hawaiian song. Great ambiance but a little too dark the lanterns on the tables don’t do a whole lot. Overall great place.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent place for PuPu's, Also to hangout, watch and listen to great music

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m
Melbourne / VIC
12 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Friendly staff, reasonable prices, good food. Not the place to go if you want a quiet meal.

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m
Melbourne / VIC
12 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambience poolside. Wonderful local entertainment, absolutely enormous servings. Only downside was the loud young women at the bar.

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BB
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Good ambience

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Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

An simple venue, and enjoyable. Poolside style. Thai crunch salad and poke very good choices. Also enjoyed mahi fish+chips. Satisfying. Good attentive service and excellent dinnertime traditional music make this a cost effective and desirable place to enjoy happy hour or dinner.

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2017
Overall 1food 4service 4ambience 4

タイムテーブルで予約完了していたが、いざ行ってみると、予約はわい無いと言われた。
席は空いていたのでよかったが、ヒヤリとした。

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