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This is a popular local hangout, and not just because the kava makes you mellow; their Hawaiian food rocks! Fresh poke; bowls of smoky, pulled kalua pork; and healthy organic greens are available in fairly large portions for less than you'll pay elsewhere. The restaurant also offers fresh-fish plates, vegetarian options, and even traditional Hawaiian lau lau (pork and butterfish wrapped in taro leaves and steamed). Used for relaxation, organic kava root is harvested on the Hamakua Coast and transformed into a traditional slightly bitter brew. Seating is at a premium, but don't be afraid to share a table and make friends. www.kanakakava.com.