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



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Decor 7.9
Drink Quality 7.2
Drink Selection 7.8
Food Quality 7.9
Food Selection 7.7
Mood 7.9
Music 7.7
Service 7.3
Tikiness 7.5
Tilt 7.5
Vibe 7.5

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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.


beachleech has visited Don the Beachcomber.
April 30, 2018, 12:41 AM
I mean... itís what I expected. Does it feel like a classic? Not really. Does it feel like it may have been cool at some point in its life span? Maybe.

We went for happy hour the $6 mai tai was pretty bleh, it didnít have pineapple/orange juice but every mai tai Iíve ever made at home beats it. Since I was in Kona I couldnít NOT go, and Iím glad I paid my respects to Don, but I feel no neednít to go back. Great views of the ocean and solid tiki collection, but not necessarily a place Iíd hang out at if I lived nearby.
Tikichef has visited Don the Beachcomber.
March 19, 2018, 3:19 PM
We always look for the best Mai tai on the islands when we are on vacation. We tried 5 different locations. The night we were at Don The Beach comer in Kona it was sadly the worst mai tai we had.
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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.
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