Kuleana Rum Shack

4.3
406 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

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
  • Staff temperature check required
What 406 people are saying
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vipJoanneH
Hawaii
25 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and excellent service.

Kuleana Rum Shack
Responded 2 days ago

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 and service! 🤙🤙

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OpenTable Diner
Naples
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience4

The food was nothing special.

Kuleana Rum Shack
Responded 2 days ago

Thanks for taking the time to post a review of your recent 3 star experience at the Kuleana Rum Shack. We appreciate all feedback including your scores and comments on our food and value. We'll keep plugging away on those topics to ensure we're on the mark. Thank you again... 🤙🤙

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AlohaGirl
Portland
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely the place to go if you want good rum. Great Mai Tai house specialty.
We ordered their Pulehu Steak and Seared Ahi. Both were cooked to perfection and very good.
Really enjoyed the upbeat atmosphere and friendly staff.

Kuleana Rum Shack
Responded 2 days ago

Aloha Girl... Thanks for the kind words on the Mai Tai, Steak and Ahi. We appreciate making the time to share via Open Table!!! 🤙🤙

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CeriW
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and excellent service. Will definitely be back. Highly recommend this great restaurant.

Kuleana Rum Shack
Responded 2 days ago

Ceri W... Thank you for the recommendation and compliments on our food and service! We appreciate it! 🤙🤙

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viptrufflelover
Portland
25 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Ahi tuna and duck were terrific!

Kuleana Rum Shack
Responded 2 days ago

Trufflelover... We're stoked you enjoyed the tuna and duck as a truffle lover! Next time, try the mushroom risotto with the pork chop... lots of truffle savoriness in that one. Thanks for the review!!! 🤙🤙

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NateO
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant and tasting room! The rum flight was excellent and would highly recommend. Food was excellent as well. Staff were knowledgeable about runs and helpful.

Kuleana Rum Shack
Responded 2 days ago

NateO... We appreciate the 5's and that you made the time to enjoy our rum flight! Thanks too for the for the compliments on our staff and food... we appreciate it! 🤙🤙

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WendyB
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our experience at the Rum Shack was great. The seared Ahi was amazing. The taste, texture and presentation were perfection. My husband's burger was prepared as requested and tasted terrific.

We're not real rum connoisseurs. All the cocktails were made with their own rums and were very tasty. Really interesting combinations of ingredients and flavors. My husband had the Mai Tai and the interesting twist they had on that generally basic drink was sensational.

The dessert menu only has three items, but the two we had were wonderful.

Some reviews we read complained about the price. While a tad pricey - the quality and service, especially in a resort type locale, was totally worth what we paid.

Would highly recommend.

Kuleana Rum Shack
Responded on January 10, 2022

Wendy... Thank you for taking the time to post such a detailed review of your experience on Saturday night! We appreciate the compliments and for making time to read other reviews as well. We're pleased you found us "value worthy" and are thankful for your recommendation! We look forward to welcoming you back on your next visit to the Big Island! Mahalo... 🤙🤙

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CarolS
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a reservation - seated immediately. Food was perfect and the servers recommendation fro a cocktail was outstanding.

Kuleana Rum Shack
Responded on January 10, 2022

Carol... thank you for the compliments! We appreciate your clear and concise 5 star review!!! Mahalo! 🤙🤙

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RonG
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Our last dinning experience was very good. This time the food was not the quality that we'd expect. Specifically, the shrimp were very soft and basically tasteless and the Cesar Salad was only comprised of leaves of romaine lettuce and very little dressing. I ordered the Duck Breast and about half of it was too tough to chew. That said, the wait help were great!

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vipdiningjunkie
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks Kuleana Rum Shack for another great evening! Great food and awesome cocktails.

Kuleana Rum Shack
Responded 2 days ago

Dining Junkie... We thrilled you enjoyed "another" great evening at The Shack! We appreciate your continued support and kind words on our food and cocktails! Mahalo 🤙🤙

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vipDrBob77
San Francisco
73 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall2food2service4ambience3

First, this place is in a shopping center and while they try to provide ambience it doesn't quite come together. We did the rum tasting. We have tadted really good rum. This rum was okay. The chicken pupu was very good, cauliflower was not bad and the prawns were disappointing. Kind of mushy and not distinctive flavor. The young woman who served us was very pleasant and the best part of the eve8.

Kuleana Rum Shack
Responded on January 8, 2022

DrBob77... Thank you for taking the time to post a review of your experience with us last night. We appreciate the detailed comments with both your comments and scores. We'll continue to strive to create a welcoming environment and deliver stellar food, cocktails and award-winning rum. Thanks again for your feedback! Mahalo...🤙🤙

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KaitlinB
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food featuring local ingredients and their own rum. Unique cocktails. Friendly and fast service. Worth the small effort to make a reservation.

Kuleana Rum Shack
Responded on January 10, 2022

Kaitlin...Thanks for taking the time to share your recent 5 star experience at the Kuleana Rum Shack. We appreciate the kind words regarding our food, cocktails and service! Mahalo 🤙🤙

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NRFeats
Boise
11 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall3food4service2ambience3

It was our only meal out this trip. We tried (and mostly succeeded) in being very aloha and pona, but it was difficult. Waitress lovely, but over committed. Sat a half hour late, no water refills despite asking 5 times, silverware arrived 10 minutes after appetizers.Timing just off. Food and drinks were good. Kiawe mashers amazing. I feel for the restaurants dealing with all the issues. When you spend $500 on a meal (party of 5), you want something better.

Kuleana Rum Shack
Responded on January 8, 2022

NRFeats... Thank you for the honest, detailed feedback. We tried our best that night to deliver a great guest experience and clearly we missed. Value is critical in Hospitality and we'll keep grinding away to ensure our guests leave the Shack feeling they got their money's worth. Again, thanks for the posting the review and we invite you back on your next visit for a second chance at a first impression. Mahalo... Kuleana Rum Shack Staff

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service at a very reasonable price.

Kuleana Rum Shack
Responded on January 3, 2022

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, service and value! Mahalo... 🤙🤙

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vipVegasBaby
Central Coast
56 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Wow. We had the steak and mash and the pork chop. Both were excellent. The mushroom risotto with the pork was great. Tried the rum flight and a couple of the mixed drinks. All very good. Will be back for sure.

Kuleana Rum Shack
Responded on January 8, 2022

VegasBaby... Thanks for the shout outs on the proteins and risotto! We'll pass along to our "Grill Master Chef" and thanks for the compliments on our rum and cocktails as well. We appreciate the feedback! Mahalo... 🤙🤙

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JamesL
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really great display of all the rum produced by this distillery. Small menu means almost every choice is a winner! Personally recommend the mochiko chicken and the malasada trio. Rum flight was neat, and all service was timely and courteous.

Kuleana Rum Shack
Responded on January 3, 2022

James... Thank you for taking a moment to post a 5 star review of your recent visit. We appreciate the Mochiko and Malasada recommendations as well as compliments on our rum and service. Mahalo!!! 🤙🤙

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Start to finish, our meal was 5 star! The before dinner drinks (Mai Tai) were some of the beat I’ve ever tasted. We had the wedge for a salad which was a typical wedge but our kalua pork nachos were fabulous as well as the Duck Hua ‘Alani. Service was exquisite! Definitely recommend a visit to the Kuleana Rum Shack!

Kuleana Rum Shack
Responded on January 3, 2022

Thank you for the detailed review of your recent 5 star experience at the Kuleana Rum Shack! We're stoked we were able to provide that 5 star feeling during the entirety of your visit. We appreciate the compliments and recommendation! Mahalo. 🤙🤙

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JohnRia
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time and it was worth every minute. It was an awesome experience from when we sat to the time we had to check out. Paula took care of all our needs and answered our questions and curiosity of the different offerings. Besides Paula, the welcoming team, Julian, the bar, the kitchen provided a homey and excellent dining that made us go back the following day. Thank you and keep up the good work.

Kuleana Rum Shack
Responded on January 3, 2022

John... Thank you for calling out our team on Open Table! Service is where it starts and we're so grateful when guests mention our team by name. We'll be sure to pass along the compliments to Paula and Julian as well as the bar and kitchen teams as well. Mahalo!!! 🤙🤙

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KristineD
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I cannot say enough about this establishment. Staff is a 10+! We had an excellent experience, from our greeting, through our drink selection, appetizers and entree choice. What a great experience. Wish we had one in Minnesota. I thought customer service was dead-but no it is alive and well at Kuleana Rum Shack!

Kuleana Rum Shack
Responded on January 2, 2022

Kristine... Thank you for your kind review and we're thrilled we were able to exceed your expectations! We appreciate the compliments around our staff and service, as that's ultimately what brings any quality product to life. We'll be sure to be sharing your comments with our team and we look forward to welcoming you back on your next visit from Minnesota! Mahalo. 🤙🤙

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TraceyC
St. Louis
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Found this place on our last night while staying at Hali Kai. Wish we would have found it sooner. Excellent food and outstanding, friendly service. Would highly recommend.

Kuleana Rum Shack
Responded on January 7, 2022

Tracey... Thanks for the shout out and we're stoked you found us! We'll be here when you come back and look forward to welcoming you back in. We appreciate your compliments and recommendation. Mahalo 🤙🤙

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was good. I had Duck, my friend had the pork chop and we ate the poke stack. great service.

Kuleana Rum Shack
Responded on January 2, 2022

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 and service! Mahalo. 🤙🤙

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Mich
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night. Only negative are all the high top tables gets really uncomfortable after the first hour.

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AnnastaciaJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything is so intentional here. The staff welcomes and treats you as family, genuinely concerned that you are enjoying yourself. Everything from ambiance, to drink ware, to drinks and food, is thought out, served with meaning tied back to their mission. It feel like all who work here are co-owners of the company and are committed to sharing their hard work and happiness with all who visit. Everything was DELICIOUS.

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RobertF
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very Good, excellent rum and service. I would recommend the Rum Shack

Kuleana Rum Shack
Responded on January 2, 2022

Robert... Thanks for taking the time to post a review of your recent 5 star experience at the Kuleana Rum Shack. We appreciate the compliments our service and rum along with your recommendation! Happy New Year!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

A restaurant we will not be returning to. Service was easily the poorest we had in our 20 day trip. Caesar was five romaine spears that were very petite. Asked to order a side of fries because I was still hungry, they won’t sell a side of fries, a policy we were told. Clearly the restaurant has a reluctance to have anything modified like a burger with no cheese, which they did do but we felt we may be pushing them. Mai tai was okay but way too much mint, like a tree stuck in the glass.

Kuleana Rum Shack
Responded on January 3, 2022

Thank you for the feedback. We welcome all kinds and no that however hard we try, we occasionally fall flat. Clearly in your case, we did. We'll be sharing your review with our team to ensure we're addressing your concerns as value and accommodating our guests requests are two parts of our business we focus on constantly. Again, thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts. Mahalo... 🤙

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing fun experience trying all the different types of rum and pairing it with food and desserts. Joy provided us excellent service and was a wealth of knowledge.

Kuleana Rum Shack
Responded on January 2, 2022

Thanks for taking the time to post a review of your recent 5 star experience at the Kuleana Rum Shack. We're stoked you had fun sampling and pairing and we appreciate the compliments around Joy. We'll be sure to pass along!

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vipDemandingDiner
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Joy was an effervescent waitress. Great drinks and food.

Kuleana Rum Shack
Responded on December 26, 2021

Demanding Diner... Thanks for the 5 star review and we'll be sure to pass along the compliments to Joy!!! Mahalo 🤙

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Robert
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tina was great and so was the male server/the one that was walking around talking to all the tables.

Kuleana Rum Shack
Responded on December 26, 2021

Robert... Thanks for taking the time to post a review and share your positive feedback around Tina and Julian. We'll be sure to pass along the compliments! Mahalo 🤙

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vipJosephineC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Amazing rum cocktails. Loved the Mai Tai.

Kuleana Rum Shack
Responded on December 26, 2021

Josephine... Thanks for the cocktail and Mai Tai love! We appreciate it!!! 🤙🤙

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good meal at the Rum Shack. Amazing mai tais. Vegan curry outstanding as was ahi tuna special. A little pricey but it’s Hawaii!

Kuleana Rum Shack
Responded on December 26, 2021

Thanks for taking a moment to share your compliments and feedback. We appreciate it! Mahalo 🤙🤙

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vipSoundAdvice
Denver
21 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great quality food, good music and service. I would definitely go back.
On of the better restaurants in Waikoloa.

Kuleana Rum Shack
Responded on December 26, 2021

Sound Advice... We appreciate the 5 star love! Mahalo 🤙🤙

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KevinW
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Surprisingly fun atmosphere. It is on the end cap of the Queens Landing mall. Drinks were tasty and super fun. The bone-in ribeye was huge and cooked just right. Curry veggies with jasmine rice was spicy, but I could not put it down. This place is expensive, but worth it in the right company… just stopping by for drinks would be fun too. Rainbow collins was pic worthy.

Kuleana Rum Shack
Responded on December 26, 2021

Kevin... Thanks for the food and drink love and we're stoked you found the Shack fun as well! That's what we strive for every shift!!! Mahalo 🤙🤙

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic relaxed meal for five of us. Started with a round of tasty rum cocktails, but the two mocktails we had were equally good, and welcome. Everyone raved about their meals; even the Island Burger was really yummy (added pipikaula). Our server was very friendly, and made us feel welcome, though there were a couple delays and missed items (that were taken care of)

Kuleana Rum Shack
Responded on December 26, 2021

Thanks for the detailed feedback on the drinks, food and service! We're stoked that even though there were delays and a missed item, we were able to rectify in a timely manner. "Service Recovery" is a key to a 5 star experience1. Mahalo!! 🤙🤙

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vipBeth
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great local rum cocktails! Kids loved the rainbow Collins drinks as well. We really enjoyed the steaks and service was very friendly.

Kuleana Rum Shack
Responded on December 26, 2021

Beth... Thanks for the feedback. We appreciate you taking the time for the specific call-outs and compliments on steaks and service! 🤙

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vipMarkC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Nice wait staff. Food and drinks just ok.

Kuleana Rum Shack
Responded on December 26, 2021

Mark... Thanks for the feedback. We'll keep grinding away to improve across the board. We appreciate your comments and scores...

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vipGigi
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food with unique, delicious blends of rum drinks.

Kuleana Rum Shack
Responded on December 26, 2021

Gigi... Thanks for the short and sweet 5 star review! We appreciate it!!! 🤙🤙

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MichaelB
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, cool ambience, open air, as Hawaii should feel like. Staff know's their stuff! We'll be back!

Kuleana Rum Shack
Responded on December 26, 2021

Michael... Thanks for the 5 star review and direct feedback! We're stoked that we represented Hawaii well! Mahalo and we look forward to welcoming you back!

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MicheleH
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We are on vacation and thought tasting some local runs would be a unique experience. The wonderful food was a bonus.

Kuleana Rum Shack
Responded on December 26, 2021

Michele... Thanks for taking the time to share feedback from your recent visit to the Shack! We thrilled the food was the bonus!!! 🤙

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vipMrsjtt
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food!!! Ambiance and drinks was a great way to end the night with the run flight!

Kuleana Rum Shack
Responded on December 26, 2021

Mrsjtt... Thanks for taking the time to post a review of your recent visit to the Kuleana Rum SHack. We appreciate it!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food and drinks were great! We split a pupu with aged brisket and cheese in a crispy wrapper served with house-made kimchi and it was amazing! Entrees were the burger and duck, both phenomenal. And for desert the chocolate pot du creme and lilikoi creme brûlée. 5 stars for the taste of everything as well as presentation. Our server was busy but was still pretty attentive. It did take a 15 minutes for my partners beer to arrive because they had run out in front of house and nothing was offered for it—our pupu came out and he had nothing to drink, a little disappointing no one offered something in its place or to comp it for the inconvenience, but everything else was so great that didn’t really take away from our experience once it was finally served. I’d recommend rum shack if you’re into fresh food layered with flavor. There was a vegan curry that looked really good. The drinks were fantastic- I had the Waikoloa sour and the new man, both great!

Kuleana Rum Shack
Responded on December 26, 2021

Thanks for the feedback! We appreciate the compliments as well as sharing that you did have to wait for your drinks. We'll keep working on being timely with everything!

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Kuleana Rum Shack is rated 4.3 stars by 406 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.