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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

7.8

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Decor 7.9
Drink Quality 7.3
Drink Selection 7.8
Food Quality 8.1
Food Selection 8
Mood 8.3
Music 7.9
Service 7.3
Tikiness 7.5
Tilt 7.8
Vibe 7.7

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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.

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Tiki Grabowski
Tiki Grabowski has visited Don the Beachcomber.
April 14, 2017, 2:18 PM
We recently went to Don the Bachcomber's while recently in Kona for vacation. We went on a Tuesday and although the restaurant was closed (only open Thursday-Sunday) we sat at the Don's Mai Tai bar area which overlooked the beautiful Pacific Ocean. While the food menu at the Mai Tai bar is not as inpressive or as good as the Don's in Huntington Beach, the drinks were fantastic. I had a 1944 Mai Tai that was made woth 23 year old rum as well as a Pele's Volcanic Mai Tai. The 1944 Mai Tai was good but seemed to lack the kick of a traditional Mai Tai. The Pele's was different but very good. Seemed to have a little extra kick at the end. My wife tried the Green Flash which she enjoyed and our daughter tried the Mango Tango which she enjoyed as well. We will definitely go again on our next trip to Kona which hopefully will happen when the restaurant portion of Don's is open so we can try the food there.
TikiTravis
TikiTravis has visited Don the Beachcomber.
October 29, 2016, 1:20 PM
This was our final meal/drink visit before flying back to DC. Make no mistake, it's a hotel restaurant/bar. And the gift shop was CLOSED at 5pm on a Saturday night?!?

However, the food and drinks were fantastic, and the tiki was plentiful. It's an homage to Donn Beach, and it's a good one.
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.
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