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Don the Beachcomber

Kailua-Kona, HI
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75-5852 Ali'i Drive
Kailua-Kona, HI
Opened in 2005
(808) 329-3111

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Don the Beachcomber

8

Overall

by 23 people

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Detail
Everyone You
Decor 7.8
Drink Quality 7.5
Drink Selection 7.9
Food Quality 8.5
Food Selection 8.3
Mood 8.6
Music 8.2
Service 7.5
Tikiness 7.4
Tilt 8.3
Vibe 7.8

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Humuhumu’s description

Don the Beachcomber is located within the Royal Kona Resort, where it opened in 2005. This location is not to be confused with the historic, long-gone Don the Beachcomber restaurants run by Donn Beach or his partner Sunny Sund, but rather was opened by someone who picked up the rights to the name. The bar and restaurant are open-air, overlooking the ocean, but sheltered by a large, round roof. The restaurant in particular is full of fantastic '70s-chic Tiki loveliness, thanks to architect George "Pete" Wimberly. A vibraphonist can sometimes be found playing in the bar as the sun sets over the ocean. Food is on the more upscale end of Kailua-Kona dining.

How to find it

The bar and restaurant are in the main building of the resort, near the ocean, not far from the main entrance.

Parking

The resort has its own lot, and parking is free if you are visiting Don the Beachcomber.

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  • Kona Keoki
  • Humuhumu
  • Tiare
  • wayne-tiki-tiki
  • Kukuthi
  • tikitabby
  • Tiki Hayrani
  • pittsburgh paulie
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Tiki Hayrani
Tiki Hayrani has visited Don the Beachcomber.
July 18, 2016, 3:30 PM
When we recently went to Hawaii, we stayed here and frequented this place. I was pleasantly surprised by the place, especially how good the drinks were - among the best-made Tiki drinks of any place I have been to in the last 20 years, and with an excellent selection of real classics and different ones. They had a zombie that tasted pretty much the way a real Don the Beachcomber zombie should - a definite hint of Pernod (or the equivalent), among other things, and the Three Dots and a Dash was excellent, as well. The decor was great with a central giant Tiki statute holding up the roof, other tikis, and a nice location right on the water with plenty of great views.
Kukuthi
Kukuthi has visited Don the Beachcomber.
November 30, 2012, 12:27 PM
Don's is set in a really nice setting. We sat on the lanai next to the ocean. They have a outdoor covered bar with plenty of tiki's watching over you getting hammered. The ambiance was hard to beat.
My only complaint was the drink menu. Everything was based off the mai tai. Don't take my critiki wrong, there is absolutely nothing wrong with a mai tai. I ordered a mai tai-rita and my wife ordered a navy grog. The only difference I could tell between the 2 was the -rita had tequila in it and the grog had rum. They both looked the same, came in the same hurricane style glass and had the same garnishes. Maybe it was an off night for the bartender when we were there. Also we ordered the tuna which was only suppose to be seared, but it came to us fully cooked all the way through.
Tuna, you disappoint.
Wiki Tiki
Wiki Tiki has visited Don the Beachcomber.
July 28, 2012, 12:35 PM
This is not an historical Don the Beachcomber's. The name was licensed by another company, which launched this bar in the Royal Kona Resort a few years ago. The Okolemaluna Tiki Lounge is far superior, in my opinion, although DtB's has a more extensive food menu. The Kona DtB's makes one important contribution to tiki culture by hosting an annual mai tai contest in the summer.
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