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Kona Brewing Company

Kona Brewing Company
7192 Kalaniana’ole Highway
Koko Marina Center
Honolulu, HI
(808) 394-5662

Yes, it’s a “marina bar” and yes, the fare is burgers, fries and the like.  But…..  This ain’t no ordinary brew pub schlepping fries on the side.  First, like so many other Hawaiian businesses, the setting is really pretty, in the Koko Marina in Hawai’i Kai, waaaaaaaaaaaaaay out to the east on Kalaniana’ole Highway.  Secondly, the food is quite good and the beer is cold.  But the the real treat here is the entertainment.  Keep on eye on the calendar of events posted on their website. On many a Sunday evening, Led Kaapana and perhaps another (Mike Ka’awa?) will entertain you for the evening.  Let me put this in perspective…Led is most people’s choice as the best modern Hawaiian slack key guitar player in the world.  Period. Let me repeat that:  in the world.   I have had the privilege of watching him perform a number of times (once from a distance of four feet, here at the “KBC.”)  I’ve never seen anything like it.  I have never seen hands and fingers move that fast, and when you throw in Led’s magnificent voice, you pretty much have all you need for a truly remarkable show.  And it’s free!  Anywhere else in the world they’d charge you a handsome cover charge to see talent like this, but not at the KBC.  That’s right…for the price of a meal and a beer you can see the finest entertainment in the world…if this isn’t paradise, I don’t know what is.

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