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Kona Brewing Co. & Brewpub

“ONO” Kona—A cool place to go for some tasty brew and a pizza or salad. Fifteen taps feature 11 or so different beers made there, as well as seasonal and guest beers. They range from the mild (Liliko‘i Wheat Ale) to the not-so-mild (Fire Rock Pale Ale). We’re fond of the Hefeweissen. Most of the pizzas are delicious. Love the Ka‘u Pesto. If you normally sprinkle red peppers on your pizza, consider replacing the regular sauce with their Cajun sauce instead. In fact, they have 7 different sauces and lots of toppings, so the possibilities are many. As a result, we’re forced to review them often so we can evaluate all the permutations. (We do it for you, only for you. Aren’t we selfless?) Their Kilauea lava flow dessert is pretty criminal, and a half portion is probably enough for two. The service could use a little improvement at times, and we wish they could do something about the flies and gnats at the outside tables, but overall, this is a great place with good pizza and beer. They have other items, such as the tasty (and messy) pastrami on flatbread. $14–$24 for lunch and dinner. At the end of Pawai Place off Kaiwi Street. See Kailua-Kona Map. No reservations, and long waits are not uncommon.

75-5629 Kuakini Hwy • 334–2739

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