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



by 46 people



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Decor 7.8
Drink Quality 7.2
Drink Selection 7.8
Food Quality 8
Food Selection 7.7
Mood 7.8
Music 7.7
Service 7.3
Tikiness 7.5
Tilt 7.4
Vibe 7.2

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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.


tropicsdiver has visited Don the Beachcomber.
June 16, 2019, 9:27 AM
This is the type of place you really WANT to like, but they really make it difficult. A tiki bar in paradise...what's not to like? Plenty. I've been on several occasions really hoping my prior experience was just an off night. Nope. The service is lackluster at best, the drink choices are just ok. Do yourself a favor and go next door to Huggos on the Rocks. Great vibe, great views, but go early to get a table for sunset!
Whaia-Muri has visited Don the Beachcomber.
June 4, 2019, 1:09 PM
Visited last year right after going to the Huntington Don's in California.

Like most people have said, it was just ok. The restaurant was pretty cool, but on the whole this place really misses the mark. Went to the bar right outside the restaurant. Drinks were well... I knew I was getting into.

But then...

I mentioned having just been to the Huntington Don's and the bartender dismissively told me they didn't know what they were doing. Ridiculous. That comment alone will keep me from returning...

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.
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