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Kuleana Rum Shack, Waikoloa, HI

Kuleana Rum Shack

4.4
4.4
548 Reviews
$31 to $50
Hawaii Regional Cuisine

The Rum Shack offers authentic island cuisine and outstanding, unique cocktails made with Kuleana Rum and other world-class spirits

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2 people

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7:00 PM


Booked 17 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Hawaii Regional Cuisine

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Sun 3:00 pm–9:15 pm

  • Phone number

    (808) 238-0786

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Chef Keola Valdez

Popular dishes

Menu

Pupus

  • Pipikaula Lumpia$12.00

    dried &salt-cured brisket | swiss cheese | Huihui® thousand island sauce | house kimchee

    • Kuleana Nachos$18.00

      Mandoo chips | pika aioli/unagi glaze | big island lomilomi tomato | sesame seaweed slaw. Choice of: poke* or kalua pork

      • Ahi Tower*$15.00

        fresh ahi | furikaki | wasabi aioli | unagi glaze | avocado | sushi rice

        • Mochiko Chicken$12.00

          Boneless chicken thighs | mochiko flour | korean sauce | garlic aioli unagi glaze | furikake. Substitute: Huihui® pineapple glaze

          • Kuleana Rum Glazed Prawns$18.00

            hawaiian deep water prawns | asian slaw | Huihui® lilikoi rum glaze

            • Big Island Abalone$25.00

              two big island abalone | dashi reduction | pickled maui onion | ogo | hawaiian pepper dust

              Salads

              Add Ons: chicken breast – $8 | petite steak – $14 | grilled ahi – $14 | kauai prawns – $12

              • Hale Kuleana Greens$10.00

                fresh greens | tomato | cucumber | avocado | carrots | maui onion vinaigrette

                • Kuleana Caesar$12.00

                  romaine spears | lemon house caesar dressing | parmesan crisps | papaya

                  • House Wedge$10.00

                    iceberg wedge | chopped pipikaula | big island tomato | bleu cheese | house dill ranch dressing

                    Ono Plates

                    • Big Island Burger$22.00

                      8 oz. big island ground steak | caramelized Nanea® onions | big island goat cheese & swiss | mamane bakery hawaiian brioche | Huihui® thousand island sauce | house quick pickles

                      • Sesame Seared Ahi*$38.00

                        fresh sashimi grade ahi | furikaki | sesame wakame | garlic soy butter | wasabi aioli | daily rice

                        • Duck Hua 'Alani$36.00

                          pan seared duck breast | big island l'orange reduction | truffled balsamic gastrique | kiawe-smoked smashed potato | rum-glazed rainbow carrots | pickled onions

                          • Kona Coffee Dry Aged Pork Chop$39.00

                            duroc pork chop | kona coffee rub | Nanea® hamakua mushroom risotto

                            • Pulehu Steak & Mash$42.00

                              12 oz. black angus strip loin | ali'i & crimini mushrooms | cracked peppercorn | Nanea® demi-glace | kiawe smoked mash. Substitute: fries for smoked mash

                              • Vegan Coconut Curry$25.00

                                crispy tofu | roasted eggplant | sweet pepper | onion | bean thread noodles | sweet chili drizzle | pineapple salsa

                                Sides

                                • Hamakua Mushrooms$10.00

                                  hamakua, crimini & oyster mushrooms | chimichurri compound butter

                                  • Rum-Glazed Rainbow Carrots$10.00

                                    kiawe honey | Hawaiian Rum Agricole® | dill

                                    • Big Island Cauliflower Wings$8.00

                                      cauliflower | house buffalo | bleu cheese | house dill ranch dressing

                                      • The House Sides Platter$10.00

                                        asian slaw | roasted shishito peppers | kimchee

                                        Desserts

                                        • Lilikoi Crème Brûlée$6.00

                                          lilikoi | vanilla bean | caramelized sugar

                                          • House-Made Malasadas with Three Dipping Sauces$10.00

                                            Hawaiian Rum Agricole® lilikoi curd | Huihui® haupia coconut cream | Nanea® bananas foster

                                            • Big Island Chocolate Pot de Crème$6.00

                                              72% dark cacao | crème fraiche | cacao nibs

                                              Kuleana Rums | Tasting Notes

                                              • Huihui®

                                                pineapple leaf, honeydew, lime peel

                                                • 0.5 oz$3.00
                                                • 1.5 oz$9.00
                                              • Hawaiian Rum Agricole®

                                                papaya, starfruit, everlasting gobstopper

                                                • 0.5 oz$4.50
                                                • 1.5 oz$12.50
                                              • Nanea®

                                                vanilla-bourbon, dried mango, marzipan

                                                • 0.5 oz$3.50
                                                • 1.5 oz$10.00
                                              • Hōkūlei®

                                                ripe banana, toasted pineapple, medjool dates, clove

                                                • 0.5 oz$5.00
                                                • 1.5 oz$16.00

                                              Kuleana "Rum 101" Flight

                                              • Kuleana "Rum 101" Flight$12.00

                                                1/2 oz. pour each of Huihui® | Hawaiian Rum Agricole® | Nanea® | Hōkūlei®. Show receipt and receive 10% off any bottle purchased in our general store

                                                Signature Cocktails

                                                • Kuleana Mai Tai$15.00

                                                  Huihui® | Nanea® | Hawaiian Rum Agricole® | lime | orgeat | orange liqueur | secret mix

                                                  • Smoke Over Kohala$15.00

                                                    Huihui® | Hawaiian Rum Agricole® | mezcal | lime | simple syrup

                                                    • Diviso$15.00

                                                      Huihui® | cynar | pineapple | lime | simple syrup

                                                      • Kuleana Negroni$15.00

                                                        Huihui® | pineapple infused campari | carpano antica | aperol ice block

                                                        • Kō Host$15.00

                                                          Hawaiian Rum Agricole® | blanc vermouth | grapefruit bitters

                                                          • Kuleana Old Fashioned$15.00

                                                            Nanea® | Huihui® | local cacao | falernum | bitters | kiawe smoked

                                                            • Waikoloa Sour$15.00

                                                              Huihui® | lilikoi | orgeat | pineapple-infused Nanea® | lemon | aromatic bitters | sherry

                                                              • The New Man$15.00

                                                                Nanea® | cucumber infused cocchi americano | agave | lemon | orange blossom water | grapefruit bitters

                                                                • HI Punch$15.00

                                                                  Hawaiian Rum Agricole® | seasonal fruit | kō juice

                                                                  Kuleana Specials on Tap

                                                                  $12

                                                                  • The Grog

                                                                    • Draft Mojito

                                                                      Classics with a Kuleana Twist

                                                                      $13

                                                                      • Sazerac Martini

                                                                        Huihui® | high west rye | aromatic bitters | sugar | absinthe

                                                                        • Pimm's Cup Agricole

                                                                          Hawaiian Rum Agricole® | pimm's | lemon | cucumber | ginger beer

                                                                          • Hemingway Daiquiri

                                                                            Huihui® | lime | sugar | grapefruit | luxardo cherry liqueur

                                                                            • Crusta

                                                                              Nanea® | brandy | lemon | sugar | orange curacao | aromatic bitters

                                                                              • Kuleana Agricole Maid

                                                                                Hawaiian Rum Agricole® | tequila | lime | simple syrup | cucumber | mint

                                                                                • The Pinch

                                                                                  Hawaiian Rum Agricole® | st. george terroir gin | averna | orgeat | strawberries | bitters

                                                                                  Wine

                                                                                  • Astoria Sparkling Rose

                                                                                    • Bottle (187ml)$10.00
                                                                                  • La Marca Prosecco

                                                                                    • Glass$10.00
                                                                                    • Bottle$45.00
                                                                                  • Talbot Estate Kali Chardonnay

                                                                                    • Glass$12.00
                                                                                    • Bottle$45.00
                                                                                  • Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc

                                                                                    • Glass$11.00
                                                                                    • Bottle$45.00
                                                                                  • Maso Canali Pinot Grigio

                                                                                    • Glass$10.00
                                                                                    • Bottle$45.00
                                                                                  • Acacia Carneros Pinot Noir

                                                                                    • Glass$11.00
                                                                                    • Bottle$55.00
                                                                                  • Columbia Winery Cabernet

                                                                                    • Glass$12.00
                                                                                    • Bottle$55.00
                                                                                  • Penfolds Max's Shiraz / Cabernet

                                                                                    • Glass$13.00
                                                                                    • Bottle$55.00
                                                                                  • Chalk Hill Est Chardonnay RRV

                                                                                    • Bottle$75.00
                                                                                  • Orin Swift Palermo Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

                                                                                    • Bottle$95.00
                                                                                  • Champagne Collet, Blanc de Blancs Premier Cru

                                                                                    • Bottle$95.00

                                                                                  Big Island Beers

                                                                                    Kona Brewing Company

                                                                                    • Kona Longboard Lager | 4.6%

                                                                                      • Draft (16 oz)$7.00
                                                                                    • Kona Light Blonde Ale | 4.2%

                                                                                      • 12 oz$7.00
                                                                                    • Hanalei Island IPA | 4.5%

                                                                                      • 12 oz$7.00
                                                                                    • Big Wave Golden Ale | 4.4%

                                                                                      • 12 oz$7.00

                                                                                    Big Island Brewhaus

                                                                                    • Golden Sabbath | Belgian Style | 8.5%

                                                                                      • 22 oz$12.00
                                                                                    • Overboard IPA | 6.9%

                                                                                      • 22 oz$12.00
                                                                                    • Graham's Pilsner | Czech-Style Pilsner | 5.6%

                                                                                      • 22 oz$12.00

                                                                                    Ola Brew

                                                                                    • Ola IPA | West Coast Style | 6.5%

                                                                                      • 12 oz$6.00
                                                                                    • Ma'a Lager | 5.1%

                                                                                      • 12 oz$6.00

                                                                                    Non-Alcoholic Drinks

                                                                                    • Rainbow Collins$12.00

                                                                                      jello flavored ice cubes topped with soda, sprite, or orange fanta

                                                                                      • Mexican Sodas$5.50

                                                                                        coke, sprite, or orange fanta

                                                                                        • Faux-Jito$9.00

                                                                                          house-made mint syrup | fresh lime | fever tree soda | fresh mint leaves

                                                                                          • Fountain Sodas$3.00

                                                                                            coca-cola products

                                                                                            • Lemongrass Iced Tea$5.00

                                                                                              Last updated: February 1, 2022

                                                                                              What 548 people are saying

                                                                                              Overall ratings and reviews

                                                                                              Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                                                                              4.4
                                                                                              4.4 based on recent ratings
                                                                                              • 4.4Food
                                                                                              • 4.5Service
                                                                                              • 4.3Ambience
                                                                                              • 4Value

                                                                                              NoiseModerate

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                                                                                                SearchingForDelicious

                                                                                                Cincinnati

                                                                                                23 reviews

                                                                                                vip
                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                23 reviews

                                                                                                Dined 2 days ago

                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                From the host stand to each server to the food to the rum…great experience for locals, tourists and anyone looking for a delightful dinner!

                                                                                              2. CH

                                                                                                CHARLENER

                                                                                                Sacramento

                                                                                                3 reviews

                                                                                                3.0

                                                                                                3 reviews

                                                                                                Dined 2 days ago

                                                                                                overall3food3service2ambience3

                                                                                                It was my husband birthday and we made a reservation for 4. We were seated right away in addition to our drink order taken. The drawback was the menu has changed over time lots of the photos posted they no longer offer which is disheartening because there was a smaller menu and a lot of the items we were looking forward trying they no longer offer. Our food took about an hour one waiter servicing the one side of the restaurant. Our waiter was very knowledgeable of the propane food offering. Would we return maybe if the restaurant had a little more options and faster service we sat for some time hoping our waiter would swing by to give us an update.

                                                                                              3. LJ

                                                                                                LafayetteJoe

                                                                                                Denver

                                                                                                10 reviews

                                                                                                vip
                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                10 reviews

                                                                                                Dined 2 days ago

                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                Most creative menu we came across on the Big Island

                                                                                              4. M

                                                                                                Moiself

                                                                                                Denver

                                                                                                3 reviews

                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                3 reviews

                                                                                                Dined 2 days ago

                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                Excellent Mai Tais, mochiko chicken with a really onolicious sauce, and a generous Hale Kuleana Greens salad with a delicious dressing.

                                                                                              5. OT

                                                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                Hawaii

                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                3.0

                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                Dined 3 days ago

                                                                                                overall3food4service2ambience3

                                                                                                Server was friendly.. waited a while to get greeted & get water but it seemed like she had a large section so we were understanding.. only down side was that there was no clearing between courses. Our entrees were brought on table full of apps and none of the plates were cleared even after dropping entrees. Then they dropped dessert on the apps & entrees.

                                                                                              6. C

                                                                                                Chris

                                                                                                Orange County

                                                                                                12 reviews

                                                                                                vip
                                                                                                4.0

                                                                                                12 reviews

                                                                                                Dined on May 10, 2022

                                                                                                overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                                                                The waitress Joy was a real Joy.

                                                                                                Kuleana Rum ShackResponded 5 days ago

                                                                                                Chris... Thanks for the "Joy" shout out and for taking the time to post a review of your recent visit the Kuleana Rum Shack. We appreciate it! Mahalo 🤙🤙

                                                                                              7. BD

                                                                                                BettyD

                                                                                                Orange County

                                                                                                16 reviews

                                                                                                vip
                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                16 reviews

                                                                                                Dined on May 10, 2022

                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                good service, good food, good value. What more could one ask for. The ceasar salad was a little bit different because it had bits of papaya on top, but it was a nice touch. I had a great hamburger, cooked to perfection. The Brioche bun was delicious. My husband had the Tuna Tower and the Rum coated shrimp. He enjoyed both dishes. This was our first time dining here. We will go back!

                                                                                                Kuleana Rum ShackResponded 5 days ago

                                                                                                Betty... Thank you for sharing the detail and roll-up of your recent 5 star visit with us! We appreciate the specific compliments on our food, service and value! We look forward to welcoming you back on your next visit! 🤙🤙

                                                                                              8. OR

                                                                                                OREL

                                                                                                Cleveland

                                                                                                2 reviews

                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                2 reviews

                                                                                                Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                                                                Mother’s Day 2022. Special brunch menu with some excellent versions of classic breakfast dishes re-imagined. Cocktails were very nice, except for the waitress neglected one order. It was fine because the drinks were quite strong! There was live music as well as a small gift for the mothers! Would recommend! I would like to try again for dinner.

                                                                                                Kuleana Rum ShackResponded 5 days ago

                                                                                                Orel... So thankful you enjoyed Mother's Day at Kuleana! The menu was a "one-off" for us and we're stoked it was a hit! We appreciate you sharing your details and recommendation! We look forward to welcoming you in for dinner soon! 🤙🤙

                                                                                              9. LP

                                                                                                LizzieP

                                                                                                San Francisco

                                                                                                14 reviews

                                                                                                4.0

                                                                                                14 reviews

                                                                                                Dined on May 6, 2022

                                                                                                overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                                                                We had a great dinner. Food was good. Service was slow but I think that’s because of lack of staff.

                                                                                                Kuleana Rum ShackResponded on May 9, 2022

                                                                                                Lizzie.. Thanks for taking the time to post a review of your recent 4 star experience at the Kuleana Rum Shack. We appreciate the feedback regarding your service being a slow and will and will share with our FOH team. We can't always blame it on a lack of staff. Mahalo 🤙🤙

                                                                                              10. T

                                                                                                Tara

                                                                                                Hawaii

                                                                                                5 reviews

                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                5 reviews

                                                                                                Dined on May 6, 2022

                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                Amazing food, drinks, service and music! Great ambiance

                                                                                                Kuleana Rum ShackResponded on May 9, 2022

                                                                                                Tara...Thanks for taking the time to post a review of your recent 5 star experience at the Kuleana Rum Shack. We appreciate the 5's across the board and the shout outs on our food, drink, service and ambiance! Mahalo 🤙🤙

                                                                                              11. S

                                                                                                Slmdiner

                                                                                                San Francisco

                                                                                                7 reviews

                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                7 reviews

                                                                                                Dined on May 3, 2022

                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                This is an amazing place. The food, rum and cocktails are above and beyond. The staff obviously enjoy their work! Do NOT miss this place!

                                                                                                Kuleana Rum ShackResponded on May 6, 2022

                                                                                                Slmdiner... Thanks for the kind words of your experience being Above and Beyond... just like the DJ's! We're stoked for the compliments and recommendation. Mahalo 🤙🤙

                                                                                              12. KM

                                                                                                KatyM

                                                                                                Portland

                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                Dined on May 3, 2022

                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                Interesting and yummy dishes. Flavorful rum. Excellent service!

                                                                                              13. AB

                                                                                                AlannaB

                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                Dined on May 2, 2022

                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                Great food great service. Hands down one of the best restaurants on the resort.

                                                                                                Kuleana Rum ShackResponded 5 days ago

                                                                                                Alana... Thanks for taking the time to post a review of your recent 5 star experience at the Kuleana Rum Shack. We appreciate the 5's across the board and compliments! Mahalo 🤙🤙

                                                                                              14. L

                                                                                                Linksnw

                                                                                                Portland

                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                Dined on May 1, 2022

                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                Great staff ya d food was da bomb

                                                                                                Kuleana Rum ShackResponded on May 2, 2022

                                                                                                Linksnw...Thanks for taking the time to post a review of your recent 5 star experience at the Kuleana Rum Shack. We appreciate the 5's across the board and the shout outs on our staff and "da bomb" eats. Mahalo 🤙🤙

                                                                                              15. S

                                                                                                Steve

                                                                                                San Diego

                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                                                                overall5food4service5ambience4

                                                                                                Paula treated us exceptionally well for our anniversary dinner. Everything was great!

                                                                                                Kuleana Rum ShackResponded on May 2, 2022

                                                                                                Steve...Thanks for taking the time to post a review of your recent 5 star experience at the Kuleana Rum Shack. We appreciate the scores! Mahalo 🤙🤙

                                                                                              16. OT

                                                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                Hawaii

                                                                                                2 reviews

                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                2 reviews

                                                                                                Dined on April 29, 2022

                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                Loved our server Joy!

                                                                                                Kuleana Rum ShackResponded on May 2, 2022

                                                                                                Anonymous...Thanks for taking the time to post a review of your recent 5 star experience at the Kuleana Rum Shack. We appreciate the 5's across the board and the shout out for Joy! Mahalo 🤙🤙

                                                                                              17. WG

                                                                                                WendyG

                                                                                                Los Angeles

                                                                                                9 reviews

                                                                                                vip
                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                9 reviews

                                                                                                Dined on April 28, 2022

                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                Live music, great rum, delicious food presented beautifully. But the best was our server Cameron! Knowledgeable, engaging and fun!

                                                                                                Kuleana Rum ShackResponded on April 28, 2022

                                                                                                Wendy... We're stoked you enjoyed Cameron... and the music, rum and food too! Thanks for the shout out and we'll be sure to share with him. Mahalo! 🤙🤙

                                                                                              18. RR

                                                                                                RandyR

                                                                                                Vancouver

                                                                                                4 reviews

                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                4 reviews

                                                                                                Dined on April 25, 2022

                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                Staff were excellent. We were seated quickly and our server gave good description of drinks and food and checked back with us frequently. She couldn’t have been better. We had burgers and beer. Delicious and big servings. Would definitely recommend.

                                                                                                Kuleana Rum ShackResponded on April 26, 2022

                                                                                                Randy... Thanks for joining us on Sunday and we appreciate your compliments via Open Table. Even though we're known for our rum, we're stoked the burgers and beer hit the spot! Mahalo! 🤙🤙

                                                                                              19. TB

                                                                                                TheBoujCrew

                                                                                                Phoenix

                                                                                                2 reviews

                                                                                                vip
                                                                                                3.0

                                                                                                2 reviews

                                                                                                Dined on April 24, 2022

                                                                                                overall3food3service5ambience5

                                                                                                It was just ok. I was soo excited to try this place but felt that the taste of the food just fell short for me. For me, a 5-star review means I would absolutely return to this place and this was not the case for this restaurant. LOCATED INSIDE: Queen's Marketplace WHAT WE ORDERED: Pipikaula (Brisket) Lumpia, Kona Coffee Dry Aged Pork Chop, Duck Hua 'Alani, Kuleana "Rum 101" Flight and Kuleana Old Fashioned WHAT WE WOULD ORDER AGAIN: Duck Hua 'Alani RESERVE: on Open Table; reservations NOT required but highly recommended The staff were all friendly and the food came out in a timely manner. My husband enjoyed his duck and I had a taste too and it was cooked perfectly. I was soo excited to try the lumpia and it just fell flat for me, maybe because I am impartial to Filipino Lumpia. The brisket it the lumpia just tasted salty and overpowering to me. The Pork Chop is a HUGE portion, which our waitress warned me about however the rub on the pork chop was so thick that it was rather inedible for my palette. I ended up trying to scrape most of the rub off. The pork itself was not overcooked, which was a plus but the flavor of the pork chop had more of a cumin or coriander flavor that I wasn't expecting. I also found the tenderness of the risotto a little too "al dente," for me, some of the grains I had to chew a little more. The rum flight was a great way to try all of the rums and it comes with a printed out sheet of facts as well as a 5-minute overview by your staff on each rum flavor. DATE OF VISIT: April 23, 2022

                                                                                                Kuleana Rum ShackResponded 5 days ago

                                                                                                The Bouj Crew... Thank you for the detailed feedback of your recent visit with us. As we tell everyone, we welcome commentary of all kinds and your's is appreciated. We'll pass along the good and the bad to the kitchen team and will keep grinding away to deliver a consistent elevated guest experience through our rum, service and specifically... food. Thanks again for sharing with us. Mahalo 🤙🤙

                                                                                              20. H

                                                                                                Howard

                                                                                                Los Angeles

                                                                                                74 reviews

                                                                                                vip
                                                                                                3.0

                                                                                                74 reviews

                                                                                                Dined on April 24, 2022

                                                                                                overall3food3service3ambience3

                                                                                                Food and service was good, prices were OK, might go back.

                                                                                                Kuleana Rum ShackResponded on April 26, 2022

                                                                                                Howard...Thanks for taking the time to post a review of your recent 3 star experience at the Kuleana Rum Shack. We appreciate your review and comments around being good and OK. Any additional feedback you can provide is welcomed so we can work on turning 3's into 5's. Mahalo 🤙🤙

                                                                                              21. TD

                                                                                                TedD

                                                                                                San Francisco

                                                                                                14 reviews

                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                14 reviews

                                                                                                Dined on April 24, 2022

                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                Fun place, servers and staff very friendly! Great bar food & rum based mixology.

                                                                                                Kuleana Rum ShackResponded on April 26, 2022

                                                                                                Ted... Thanks for the compliments on our staff, food, cocktails and place! We appreciate you taking the time to share and look forward to welcoming you back! 🤙🤙

                                                                                              22. OT

                                                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                Dined on April 23, 2022

                                                                                                overall5food3service5ambience5

                                                                                                All menu and drinks are island style, so things are a lil wonky. Rum flight and drinks were amazing.

                                                                                                Kuleana Rum ShackResponded on April 26, 2022

                                                                                                Anonymous... Thanks for the message and for sharing your compliments on our rum and cocktails! We appreciate the scores and are thankful for the 5 star review! Mahalo... 🤙🤙

                                                                                              23. D

                                                                                                Devo

                                                                                                Minneapolis

                                                                                                14 reviews

                                                                                                vip
                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                14 reviews

                                                                                                Dined on April 22, 2022

                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                Our server and food was awesome :-) Only suggestion is that our table was more in the mall area and I felt that we were too far away from the restaurant experience itself. Felt too mall like and not as fun and cozy. Maybe some plants or something to make it feel more included and less open? Otherwise love Kuleana Rum Shack!

                                                                                                Kuleana Rum ShackResponded on April 26, 2022

                                                                                                Devo... Thank you for then compliments and feedback! We are currently working on a design plan to help bring "The outside in" and appreciate you providing your thoughts. We're stoked everything else exceeded your expectations... especially your service! Mahalo 🤙🤙

                                                                                              24. LS

                                                                                                LauraS

                                                                                                Seattle

                                                                                                3 reviews

                                                                                                4.0

                                                                                                3 reviews

                                                                                                Dined on April 21, 2022

                                                                                                overall4food3service5ambience3

                                                                                                Our server was great and really patient. The rum flights and cocktails were great, and the steak was amazing! Unfortunately the pork was not good, but the risotto was good. I’d probably go back for the drinks and steak. It’s really bright and noisy so just fyi.

                                                                                                Kuleana Rum ShackResponded on April 23, 2022

                                                                                                Laura... Thanks for the feedback through your review via Open Table. We appreciate the detail and compliments on your service, drinks, steak and risotto. We hear you on the pork chop and will share with the Chef. Mahalo again for your review! 🤙🤙

                                                                                              25. TG

                                                                                                TheGalavantingGastronome

                                                                                                Los Angeles

                                                                                                4 reviews

                                                                                                vip
                                                                                                4.0

                                                                                                4 reviews

                                                                                                Dined on April 19, 2022

                                                                                                overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                                                As the name suggests, they know their rum! I ordered a Mai Tai; this is no resort type of MT with pineapple juice - theirs was perfectly balanced and absolutely delicious. Hubby ordered a Waikoloa Sour -- absolutely delicious and flawlessly balanced. They have mojitos on draft! These were tasty. If you're a true rum connoisseur, consider their $12 rum flight - a really great value to try 4 sipping rums. Their steak dish was well cooked, the mushrooms were delicious, the smoked mashed potatoes were spot on - just the right hint of smoke and well-seasoned. I ordered the Duck Hua ‘Alani – Pan seared duck breast with Big Island l’orange reduction, truffled balsamic gastrique, kiawe-smoked smashed potato and rum-glazed rainbow carrots. The duck was tough and bland. There was zero truffle flavor in the balsamic gastrique, the smashed potato didn't have a smoky flavor and was not seasoned at all - not even salt. The rum-glazed rainbow carrots were delicious. The buffalo cauliflower was perfectly cooked and the mochiko chicken was a huge hit with the kids. Service was decent...but nothing to write home about. Definitely a good meal overall.

                                                                                                Kuleana Rum ShackResponded on April 20, 2022

                                                                                                The Galavanting Gastronome... Thank you for the detailed review of your recent visit with us. We appreciate the compliments as well as the comments on what was just OK. We'll keep grinding away and are stoked that you recommend us! Mahalo... 🤙🤙

                                                                                              26. DV

                                                                                                DougV

                                                                                                Charlotte

                                                                                                17 reviews

                                                                                                vip
                                                                                                3.0

                                                                                                17 reviews

                                                                                                Dined on April 19, 2022

                                                                                                overall3food3service3ambience2

                                                                                                The food and service were good (better than I expected from reviews read). Conditions outside were windy but we were placed in protected area. Children near to our table were not properly controlled by their parents.

                                                                                                Kuleana Rum ShackResponded on April 20, 2022

                                                                                                Doug... Thanks for your focused and honest review. We'll keep grinding away to turn 3's in to 5's and we appreciate the feedback on the kids. We can do a better job at asking families to be respectful of their fellow patrons. Mahalo...🤙🤙

                                                                                              27. OT

                                                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                Dined on April 18, 2022

                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                Exceptional service by Naimana and the food was amazing!

                                                                                                Kuleana Rum ShackResponded on April 18, 2022

                                                                                                Anonymous... Thanks for taking the time to post a review of your recent 5 star experience at the Kuleana Rum Shack. We appreciate the shout out for Nainoa!!! 🤙🤙

                                                                                              28. K

                                                                                                Kimo

                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                Dined on April 18, 2022

                                                                                                overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                                                                Kuleana Rum Shack is a great destination for craft cocktails and excellent food! The staff are amazing as well!

                                                                                                Kuleana Rum ShackResponded on April 20, 2022

                                                                                                Kimo... Stoked you had a great time with us on Sunday night! Thank you for sharing via Open Table! Mahalo. 🤙🤙

                                                                                              29. AH

                                                                                                AnnH

                                                                                                Hawaii

                                                                                                22 reviews

                                                                                                vip
                                                                                                3.0

                                                                                                22 reviews

                                                                                                Dined on April 18, 2022

                                                                                                overall3food3service5ambience4

                                                                                                Our server was outstanding as was the hostess. The nachos were okay but not memorable. The caesar salad was excellent. The rum baked shrimp was just okay. I was disappointed the shrimp didn’t taste fresh. The grog was outstanding and the drink with ginger beer was excellent too.

                                                                                                Kuleana Rum ShackResponded on April 20, 2022

                                                                                                Ann... Thank you for the feedback on your recent visit to The Rum Shack. We appreciate the comments on what was solid and where we need to continue to grind away. Mahalo. 🤙🤙

                                                                                              30. OT

                                                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                New York Area

                                                                                                4 reviews

                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                4 reviews

                                                                                                Dined on April 17, 2022

                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                AMAZING food and drinks were perfect with what the sever recommended for each of us.

                                                                                                Kuleana Rum ShackResponded on April 18, 2022

                                                                                                Anonymous... Thanks for taking the time to post a review of your recent 5 star experience at the Kuleana Rum Shack. We appreciate the comments on our food, drinks and that our server lead you in the right direction! Mahalo 🤙🤙

                                                                                              31. N

                                                                                                Nona

                                                                                                Hawaii

                                                                                                2 reviews

                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                2 reviews

                                                                                                Dined on April 17, 2022

                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                One of our favorite places for dinner. Our server was outstanding and the food and drinks great.

                                                                                                Kuleana Rum ShackResponded on April 18, 2022

                                                                                                Nona... Thanks for taking the time to post a review of your recent 5 star experience at the Kuleana Rum Shack. We're stoked we're one of your favorites! 🤙🤙

                                                                                              32. KH

                                                                                                KevinH

                                                                                                Atlanta

                                                                                                4 reviews

                                                                                                vip
                                                                                                2.0

                                                                                                4 reviews

                                                                                                Dined on April 16, 2022

                                                                                                overall2food2service4ambience2

                                                                                                The drinks and service were fine, but the food was very mediocre and bland. Stick tot he rum…There’s much better food to be had!

                                                                                                Kuleana Rum ShackResponded on April 18, 2022

                                                                                                Kevin... We appreciate your comments and will continue to grind away to ensure our food offerings are up to par. Thank you...

                                                                                              33. l

                                                                                                laurab

                                                                                                Vancouver

                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                vip
                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                Dined on April 16, 2022

                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                Good value, great food and service

                                                                                                Kuleana Rum ShackResponded on April 18, 2022

                                                                                                Laura... Thanks for taking the time to post a review of your recent 5 star experience at the Kuleana Rum Shack. We appreciate your comments on our value, food and service! 🤙🤙

                                                                                              34. GK

                                                                                                GaryK

                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                Dined on April 15, 2022

                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                We are Rum Shack Regulars! The food is creative and delicious and the staff is outstanding!

                                                                                                Kuleana Rum ShackResponded on April 18, 2022

                                                                                                Gary... Thanks for coming back and for taking the time to post a review of your recent 5 star experience at the Kuleana Rum Shack. We appreciate the love for our team and food! 🤙🤙

                                                                                              35. JD

                                                                                                JDOG

                                                                                                Hawaii

                                                                                                8 reviews

                                                                                                2.0

                                                                                                8 reviews

                                                                                                Dined on April 15, 2022

                                                                                                overall2food2service3ambience2

                                                                                                Meal was just OK. The pork chop was not prepared very well. The Kona Coffee rub had no flavor and had just a burnt taste as well as appearance. Also it was undercooked as half of it was not finished. I presented this to the waitress and she didn’t seem care and wanted us to pay immediately not offering at least an apology. I felt that was a very cold response. The risotto was fine but overwhelmed the dish. The steak was good. Found it odd that there was not a fresh fish option. We have dined here since they opened and the menu keeps changing but it seems like they are having a hard time finding their culinary identity.

                                                                                                Kuleana Rum ShackResponded on April 18, 2022

                                                                                                JDOG... Thank you taking a moment to provide us the detailed feedback from your recent visit with us. Specific comments like yours support our coaching and continual improvement efforts. We'll be sharing with the kitchen team as well as our Kapena crew to ensure we're recognizing when we're off and providing service recovery in a meaningful way. We appreciate your continued patronage and patience. We'll continue to grind to get it right. Mahalo...

                                                                                              36. PR

                                                                                                PamelaR

                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                Dined on April 15, 2022

                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                The service and the food were great. The price is comparative to restaurants in the surrounding area. Overall a very good experience.

                                                                                                Kuleana Rum ShackResponded on April 18, 2022

                                                                                                Pamela... Thanks for taking the time to post a review of your recent 5 star experience at the Kuleana Rum Shack. We appreciate the compliments on the food, service and value! Mahalo 🤙🤙

                                                                                              37. SK

                                                                                                SueK

                                                                                                Atlanta

                                                                                                7 reviews

                                                                                                3.0

                                                                                                7 reviews

                                                                                                Dined on April 14, 2022

                                                                                                overall3food2service5ambience5

                                                                                                The salads carried high prices but very small portions. The Mai Tai was more like fruit juice with a rum splash and at $15 each did not deliver the punch. We will not return

                                                                                                Kuleana Rum ShackResponded on April 18, 2022

                                                                                                Sue... Thank you for your honest and direct feedback. We appreciate it and will continue to push on providing quality and value in every dish and cocktail. Mahalo...

                                                                                              38. L

                                                                                                Leona

                                                                                                San Francisco

                                                                                                8 reviews

                                                                                                vip
                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                8 reviews

                                                                                                Dined on April 14, 2022

                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                Excellent food!service was fantastic! We will come back!

                                                                                                Kuleana Rum ShackResponded on April 18, 2022

                                                                                                Leona... Thanks for taking the time to post a review of your recent 5 star experience at the Kuleana Rum Shack. We appreciate the compliments on our food and service! Mahalo 🤙🤙

                                                                                              39. CB

                                                                                                CBalter

                                                                                                Denver

                                                                                                2 reviews

                                                                                                vip
                                                                                                2.0

                                                                                                2 reviews

                                                                                                Dined on April 10, 2022

                                                                                                overall2food1service1ambience3

                                                                                                We arrived around 7. Was greeted in a friendly manner and seated. Our server was pretentious and had a slight attitude but no big deal. The real problem was the first 5 choices they were out of and she tried to make excesses why they were out and maybe you might be interested in this alternative. We weren’t. What really got me was I asked about the fish sandwich which was on there web site and she said that was there old menu. Sorry! We decided after 5 tries ordering without any luck to get up and leave. Our waitress was rude about it. O’well

                                                                                                Kuleana Rum ShackResponded on April 12, 2022

                                                                                                CBalter... Thank you for taking a few minutes to share your recent poor experience with us. We have had some issues with 86'd items and are sorry that they they all came together for your group. We also have some clean up to do on our website to make sure our menu is current. Lastly, we appreciate the feedback on your server. We are known for our welcoming service and will be reminding our entire team about the importance of being authentic table-side. We'll get to work... Mahalo

                                                                                              40. JG

                                                                                                JohnG

                                                                                                Denver

                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                Dined on April 9, 2022

                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                Great food and even better drinks. The staff is very attentive and friendly.

                                                                                                Kuleana Rum ShackResponded on April 11, 2022

                                                                                                John... Thanks for taking the time to post a review of your recent 5 star experience at the Kuleana Rum Shack. We appreciate the compliments on our food, cocktails and staff! Mahalo 🤙🤙

                                                                                              Safety precautions

                                                                                              • Cleaning & sanitizing

                                                                                                • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                                                                                                • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
                                                                                                • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                                                                                • 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
                                                                                                • Staff temperature check required

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                                                                                              69-201 Waikoloa Beach Dr Waikoloa, HI 96738

                                                                                              Additional information

                                                                                              • Neighborhood

                                                                                                Waikoloa

                                                                                              • Hours of operation

                                                                                                Wed–Sun 3:00 pm–9:15 pm

                                                                                              • Cuisines

                                                                                                Hawaii Regional Cuisine

                                                                                              • Dining style

                                                                                                Casual Dining

                                                                                              • Dress code

                                                                                                Business Casual

                                                                                              • Parking details

                                                                                                Public Lot

                                                                                              • Payment options

                                                                                                AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

                                                                                              • Executive chef

                                                                                                Chef Keola Valdez

                                                                                              • Additional

                                                                                                Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar

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