Kuleana Rum Shack

4.2
276 Reviews
$30 and under
Hawaii Regional Cuisine
The Rum Shack offers authentic island cuisine and outstanding, unique cocktails made with Kuleana Rum and other world-class spirits

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 276 people are saying
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MegT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Only so-so. Food and drinks were fair, place is cute, but we sat outside where was no ambience. Practically no GF choices

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dksd
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience2

Service was excellent. Food just mediocre. Husband enjoyed the rum flight and mai tai. Red wine was lightly chilled which was great (& unusual in Hawaii)

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flash
Central Coast
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Creative specialty drinks, solid food, an amazing dessert.

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vipJudyB
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We’re not rum drinkers due to allergy, but the food offering were nice. However, the website menu didn’t match the current menu offered. We order an appetizer, but wouldn’t have if the menu showed the inclusion of French fries with our burger. Serving staff were fabulous. Would recommend going after the sun goes down. It was very hot inside with limited shaded table.

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TracyA
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Could not have been happier!! Our food was delicious and Mai Tai’s hand crafted with lots of love. Definitely my go to spot in Waikoloa.

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AlexB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The food was alright, but the service was excellent. Very knowledgeable staff and attentive.

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Morie
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Drinks were great and food was even better. Catch of the day entree was the best.

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ArielaW
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really fantastic cocktails! The food was great too.

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vipFoodie
San Francisco
245 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

What a great place despite being in a bland shopping mall! The rum is delightful as is their first-place Mai Tai (the winning bartender made it) and many other cocktails. We had a couple of their specials (both fish) and the malasadas with dipping sauces - everything very good. The service was a bit slow but that may be a good thing when drinking rum! It was very windy (all floor-to-ceiling windows were wide open) and our tasting flight was blown off the table, breaking a glass in the process. They quickly replaced it and cleaned up. Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service! We loved learning about the types of rum.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Quick service and our 2nd visit during our stay in Kona. Great Mojitos!

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RobS
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed from the moment we walked in the door !!

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foodataglance
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Loved their burger and fries. Well flavored and well cooked. The Prawn appetizer was so~so. Lacked the flavor I was expecting. The watermelon Mojito was simply delightful. The service was great but the control of people moving around the restaurant was not. People lingering around tables. I like the rum😊

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Anniversary was not acknowledged but we did enjoy our cocktails before dinner. The limited menu was strong on Asian Fusion. Food was well seasoned and plentiful. Nice staff, great ambiance and tasty drinks! Good overall experience

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wasn’t sure how this was going to be a family dinner, but we wanted to eat somewhere besides the hotel restaurant. We saw that the restaurant had good reviews, although I was a little concerned it was more of a cocktail bar than a dining establishment. When we arrived the wait staff was extremely friendly and helped give us some good advice about the different options on their menu. The cocktails were top notch, with high quality ingredients and mixers. Even my daughter’s Shirley Temple was the best one she’d ever had. The food was absolutely amazing! Great portions, presentation, and well put together flavor combinations. I’d also be remiss in mentioning how fantastic the dessert is. They only have one, but it’s like the most delicious doughnut you’ve ever had with some amazing dipping sauce. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to others.

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OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Last dinner in Hawaii and so amazing! The food and service were great and drinks are fantastic!

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MattA
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good food that is close to the Waikoloa resorts. Worth stopping in for a bite.

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OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. Had a great time here as we arrived

DJ
DarthJawa
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and rum. Ambiance was great, a tad loud for some but I enjoyed it. Get dessert, it was incredible.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was good but service was not. Overall okay

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food, cocktails and service. Of note the Mai Tai and donuts both were memorable. Looking forward to our next visit.

SL
vipSusieL
Seattle
20 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure. Joy was a fabulous server. Happy hour is great. And all the food and beverages are delish. Don’t forget the malasadas for desert!

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SanmyR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Very poor service. Overpriced food

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ErikD
Jackson Hole
18 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were attentive and engaging and provided some great suggestions for our family. Cool mocktails for our kids and cocktails were exceptional. Food was fresh and they offered quite a few locally sourced options.

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JaymeO
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Wass excited to try a distillery on the big island and was in for a rude awakening. This is basically a restaurant disguised as a distillery tasting room. Two of the three house rums are blended Caribbean rums and not made in Hawaii (a let down for those intrigued by distillery tourism) and atmosphere was what you'd expect from a mostly generic higher-end mall restaurant and not a quaint "shack" or down to earth distillery/brewery vibe I was hoping for. I did appreciate the open "garage door" element to the space but it looks out on a busy road and shopping mall. Service was prompt but the waitress pulled all the trick to try and upsell us at every turn. The mixed drinks were tasty. One of the drinks was the house mai tai which was apparently made by the "world mai tai champion." It was a good drink, but definitely not a mai tai (made with pre-made mix and not orgeat. Food was very expensive and honestly not worth the money. Things tasted ok, but I'd save your bucks, get the drinks and go order poke bowls from Foodland instead.

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BrianP
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was just wonderful at our dinner last evening.

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dosas
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Food was just okay; glazed shrimp was overcooked and expensive for just three shrimp. Coconut Curry Tofu was great (server recommended adding avocado. Huh?! No thank you). ‘Lumpia’ was delicious but smoked brisket and thousand island dressing? Wouldn’t call it lumpia, but ignore that and get it anyway. Poke Nachos were forgettable: skimped on the fish and way too sweet. Cocktails looked really promising… but were underwhelming and pretentious.

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LaraP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Our server Joy was attentive. The food was a disappointment, except for the chicken appetizer. We ordered the special - a tomahawk steak. It was very poor quality, under seasoned and overcooked. For $125, I expect something that tastes good. This steak tasted like it has been defrosted in the microwave.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They didn’t have a lot of the menu items and when we did order it was completely wrong

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service

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tlebens
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

If I could only go to one bar/restaurant on the Big Island, this would be it. Their craft cocktails are the best -- creative, varied, and made with care. The bar staff is amazing. Doug and Joy took great care of us, and treated us like ohana. I can't wait to return.

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DaveS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

We were seated too close to other tables. There were unattended toddlers running a muck around our table. Very annoying. They screamed a lot. The guy on stool playing an instrument sounded like he was just learning how to play…..same notes over and over. He was loud, but difficult to understand and very boring. We usually don’t complain about kids in restaurants, but there were 4 tables surrounding us with babies and toddlers on all four sides of us. We couldn’t carry on a normal conversation under the circumstances. Food was wonderful. Maybe next time we will get our food to go.

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JeffreyV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Despite e-mail confirmation, and a second confirmation by an Open Table bot asking us to confirm that we were coming, the restaurant was closed at the time of our reservation. We did not receive an e-mail nor phone call informing us that the restaurant was actually closed.

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MikeC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall1food3service3ambience3

The restaurant cancelled my reservation the same day in the afternoon. They called and left a message claiming that they couldn’t open the restaurant. Maybe it was legitimate but might be related to the 50% cap imposed by the governor two days earlier. I’ll never know, and we’ll never go back.

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RP14
New Orleans
14 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

The food was good. The service was not. It was very hard to get drink refills, including water.

The waitress did not ask why my husband didn’t eat his steak. If she did he would have told her it was tough and overcooked. What could have been a great meal was only ok.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall2food3service5ambience4

I know Hawaii is expensive but I expect to be full with whatever food I get. The menu is small and there's almost no options for non-meat eaters. The prawns shouldn't be even considered an appetizer when they give you only 3. The Caesar salad was more like lettuce wedges except less satisfying. The lumpia was good though. We came here on a recommendation but I wouldn't recommend this place unless you see something you truly want to eat and don't care about how much you spend for small portion sizes.

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natalieh
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience4

Severely overpriced for food quality. Roasted broccoli I were cold, Asian slaw, mushrooms were bland. It was underwhelming. However the space is nice and chill. You need to kick the food quality up a good few notches to get a little closer to your new and fun place.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was very knowledgable, friendly, and enthusiastic. The food was delicious!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Boise
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I shared the tomahawk steak, it was perfect! The Kiawe smoked mashed potatoes were great too. The service, food and drinks are always wonderful!

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TODiner721
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Not sure why they require reservations when the place was never full. We went the previous day and were told you need a reservation to eat. The host was rather rude about it and didn't try to help us make a reservation.

We made reservations for the next day for four and ended up having to move it 30 minutes. After our arrival, the host could not find the reservation and then told me that she has me for outdoor seating when our reservation specifically requested indoor through OpenTable.

Our server was very slow to come to the table and get our order. The food was okay - not worth the price point. Looking at the pictures on Yelp, they are not what was presented on the plate. The poke nachos didn't have enough poke and were presented on large tostada style chips which were hard to eat. It was also very sloppy in their presentation. The prawns were mediocre and not worth $4.50 each. The curry was good but the serving was tiny and not worth the $$.

The rum/drinks were very good however.

Server/staff were very slow to come back to the table and check on us. Not sure why.

Not worth the reservation hoops we had to jump through. Good rum but won't be returning.

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Kuleana Rum Shack is rated 4.2 stars by 276 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.