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The Best Kona Happy Hour Spots

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Top 14 Happy Hours in Kona, Hawaii

Exploring the Big Island of Hawaii offers more than stunning beaches, majestic volcanoes, lush rainforests, and epic ocean encounters. After a day of adventures, there’s no better way to unwind than with a refreshing tropical drink and some tasty pupus (appetizers). Here are ten of the best happy hours on the Big Island, where locals and visitors alike can enjoy great deals and a chance to recap their day.

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The Best Happy Hours in Kona

The Big Island’s Western Coast has some nice spots to hang out and chillaxe with Mai Tai. Many Are in Kona town but there’s a few good spots in Waikoloa as well.

map of Kona town with happy hour spots marked


  1. Huggo’s On The Rocks
  2. Kona Brewing Company
  3. Holualoa Cafe
  4. Don’s Mai Tai bar
  5. Humpy’s Big Island Alehouse
  6. Fosters Kitchen
  7. Lava lava beach Club
  8. Kai Eats
  9. Huggo’s Hbar
  10. Umeke’s
  11. Jackie Rey’s
  12. Oceans Sports Bar
  13. Shimaichi Sushi
  14. Tommy Bahama

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1. Huggo’s on the Rocks

tables under shade umbrellas overlooking the ocean

When: 3-5 pm

Where: Downtown Kona

Why we like it: Great view next to the water, live music, sit in sand

Happy Hour Menu, Live Music Calendar

Located in Kailua-Kona, Huggo’s on the Rocks offers a beachfront happy hour with unbeatable sunset views. From 3:00 to 5:00 PM daily, you can enjoy discounted tropical cocktails, local beers for $5, $7 mai tais, and delicious pupus (appetizers for $7). If you choose to stick around for another round there’s live music every night from 5:30-9:00.

 

 

2. Kona Brewing Co.

a glass of beer on a table

When: 3-6 Weekdays Only

Where: Kona Town

Why we like it: Good fresh local beer selection, garden atmosphere

Up-to-date Beer List

This iconic brewery in Kailua-Kona is a must-visit. Their happy hour runs from 3:00 to 6:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Enjoy $2 off draft beers, including their famous Longboard Island Lager and Big Wave Golden Ale, $4.95 house wine, well liquor + soda alongside tasty pub fare for $3.95 like the yummy pepperoni rolls and Kalua pork tacos.

 

3. Holualoa Cafe

a bar with a canoe hanging over it and tables in front

When: 

Where: Holualoa

Why We like it: Gorgeous atmosphere, laid back

Find yourself looking for a break from the summer sun? Holualoa is located high above Kona. With it’s cooler climate it feels like another part of the island. The cafe has beautiful grounds with flowers plants and verandas. I nice retreat from the hustle and bustle of Downtown Kona.

 

4. Don’s Mai Tai Bar

a couple sitting at a table holding drinks with food and large pillars in the background

When: 4-6 pm 

Where: Downtown Kona

Why we like it: Massive open shaded area, right on the water

Happy Hour Menu

Perched on the oceanfront at the Royal Kona Resort, Don’s Mai Tai Bar offers happy hour from 4:00 to 6:00 PM. Sip on expertly crafted mai tais and other cocktails while savoring appetizers like coconut shrimp and ahi poke. The stunning views of Kailua Bay are a perfect backdrop. Live music is available Thursdays from 5-7 pm.

 

 

 

5. Humpy’s Big Island Alehouse

 

When: 3-6 pm Weekdays Only

Where : Downtown Kona

Why we like it: Outdoor seating area downtown in the action, solid beer selection

Happy Hour Menu

Humpy’s in Kailua-Kona boasts an extensive beer selection and a vibrant atmosphere. Happy hour runs from 3:00 to 6:00 PM Monday – Friday, featuring discounted local brews and appetizers. Their patio seating overlooks the ocean.

 

6. Foster’s Kitchen

a bar and barkeep

When: 2-5 pm 7 days a week

Where: Downtown Kona & Waikoloa

Why we like it: Solid drinks, good happy hour deals

Drink Menu

With locations in Kailua-Kona and Waikoloa, Foster’s Kitchen offers a “scratch kitchen” experience known as slow food and use locally grown produce – it’s worth the extra time! Happy hour is from 2:00 to 5:00 PM every day, offering deals on craft cocktails and select appetizers, and then again from 9:00 – 10:00 PM. The fresh, locally sourced ingredients make every dish a delight. Foster’s also hosts live music from local musicians.

 

 

7. Lava Lava Beach Club

a group of people holding a sign

When: 3-5 pm Daily

Where: Waikoloa Resorts

Why we like it: On the sand, nice atmosphere, kid-friendly

Drink Menu
Located in Waikoloa, Lava Lava Beach Club is a beachside paradise. Their happy hour from 3:00 to 5:00 PM includes discounted beers, wines, and specialty cocktails. Enjoy your drinks with your toes in the sand and live music in the background. There are lawn games and the kids can run around & play in the ocean nearby. This is a stunning place to see the sunset so stick around! If you decide to have another round there’s live music nightly.

 

8. Kai Eats

the entrance to Kai eats. A sign and some doggy bowls as well as a bench sit outside

When: 3-5 pm Daily

Where: Downtown Kona

Why we like it: over 40 beers, seltzers, ciders on tap, Ocean view

Taplist, Mixed Drinks, Wine List

Located next to the ocean the bar has so many taps there’s something for everyone. $2 off taps and mai tais. Casual clean atmosphere and good service make for a great spot to chillaxe. Park in the garage and validate inside.

 

9. Huggo’s Restaurant – HBar

a bar near the ocean

When: 4-5 Daily

Where: Downtown Kona

Why we like it: Swanky ambience, next to the sea. Good for groups.

Cocktail Menu, Wine & Beer menu, Live music calendar

Sister to Huggo’s on the Rocks, Huggo’s offers an upscale yet relaxed atmosphere. Liquid Happy Hour is from 4:00 to 6:00 PM with discounted craft cocktails. The oceanfront setting provides an idyllic view as the sun sets over the Pacific. Should you choose to stick around for another round there’s live music nightly from 6:00-9:00.

 

10. Umekes Fish Market Bar & Grill

When: 3-5pm daily

Where: Kona Town & Kona Airport

Why we like it: Craft Cocktails, Excellent Poke/Nachos, Air Conditioned

Menus, Live Music Calendar

Umekes in Kailua-Kona is known for its fresh poke bowls and seafood dishes. Their happy hour from 3:00 to 5:00 PM offers $9 mai tai, $6 beers, $8 wines $5 well drinks. It also includes small pupus (appetizers) from popular dishes off the menu like their awesome poke nachos. Pair your drinks with their famous poke for a true taste of Hawaii.  The poke nachos are the best in town!

 

11. Jackie Rey’s Ohana Grill

a swanky bar inside

When: 3-5 pm

Where: Kona Town

Why we like it: Beautiful Bar

Drink Menu

With locations in Kailua-Kona and Hilo, Jackie Rey’s offers a warm, family-friendly indoor but open air atmosphere. Happy hour runs from 4:00 to 5:00 PM, Monday through Saturday, featuring discounted drinks and appetizers. The Rosemary bread….mmmm, carbs.

 

12. Ocean’s Sports Bar

When: 

Where: Downtown Kona

Why we like it: Classic bar gets it done, sports/pool, Taco Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturday

Menus

A local favorite to watch sports.  It opens at 3:00PM unless it’s football season and then doors open at 7:00 AM.  All-day happy hour includes $6 Mai Tai’s and $5 PBR’s daily, and $14.95 fish & chips on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sundays.  Don’t miss the taco and Mexican drink specials on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday!

 

13. Shimaichi Sushi

When: 4-5 pm Daily

Where: Downtown Kona

Why we like it: Best sushi in Kona

Happy Hour Menu

A local’s favorite for affordable sushi!  Happy Hour is from 4:00 – 5:00 PM with $1 off all bottled beers, house wine, and house sake.  $2 off Chicken Karaage AND $2 off their delicious Green Bean Crunchies!!

 

Each of these happy hours brings its own unique flavor to the Big Island, combining great deals, delicious food, and unbeatable views. Whether you’re a local or just visiting, these spots should be on your list. Cheers to discovering the best happy hours on the Big Island!

 

14. Tommy Bahama Restaurant

When: 3-5 pm every day

Where: Mauna Lani Shopping Center

Why we like it: Nice atmosphere, Great food

Happy Hour Menu

A swanky open spot located in the shopping center near the Mauna Lani resorts. Solid drinks, great service, nice atmosphere. Bar is nice. The quality you would expect from Tommy Bahama with the great deals of happy hour!

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is there to do at night in Kona?

While stargazing at the top of Mauna Kea and viewing the lava are both popular experiences, the top most exclusive experience available only in Kona is the Manta Ray Night Snorkel & Dive.

 

What is happy hour called in Hawaii?

Locals say ‘Pau Hana’ which literally translates to work done. This is the time when people get oof of work and relax or hang out and have a beer or three.

 

Which Kona happy hours ar best for sunset viewing?

Which Kona happy hour spots offer live music?

 

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What is the most refreshing drink in hot weather?

Living in hot humid weather means having a tasty refreshing beverage choice is all the more important. We love gin & tonics because the tonic water, while sweet, provides a dry fresh taste and the lime gives a refreshing acidity to cut the sweetness. Don’t like gin?

 

What do locals like to drink in Hawaii?

Beer is a commonly consumed beverage. Steinlager is a popular choice as well as Heineken. Mai Tai’s are a popular cocktail found in most bars throughout the Hawaiian Islands.

 

What is in a Mai Tai?

The original Mai Tai comes from Trader Vic’s in Los Angeles but was widely adopted in Hawaii as a cocktail of choice. It typically includes rum, tropical fruit juice (pineapple, orange juice, guava, passion fruit), an acid like lime, and a bitter and or cordial.