Kenichi Pacific
Kenichi Pacific

Kenichi Pacific

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.kenichihawaii.com/
  • Phone: (808) 322-6400
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 9:00pm Sunday-Thursday
    Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 9:30pm Friday-Saturday
    Happy hour between 4:30-6:30 50% off all sushi rolls at bar
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Kenichi Kanada
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Small Diningroom hold up to 14 people. also we have Two out side patio(Coverd) hold up to 20 and 30people.
  • Private Party Contact: Ken Kanada 8083226400

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Kamehameha III
  • Public Transit: Keauhou shuttle It's new, Open-Air 44seat trolley type shuttle. Between Keauhou and Kailua town eight times aday.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: We are located in Keauhou Shopping Center. We do have plenty parking space.
A word from Kenichi Pacific
Kenichi Pacific will "wow" you with its highly praised Japanese Pan-Asian cuisine and sushi, and its contemporary ambiance. In a relaxed, elegant setting, Kenichi offers unforgettable original dishes, such as the Duck Confit, a Chinese five-spice cured duck leg served with russett potatoes and wild mushrooms in a delicious balsamic reduction sauce. The Ono Tataki grilled rare, stands out as well, with mashed yams, green beans, japanese mushrooms and a ponzu emulsion. Another "must try" is the Dynamite Shrimp, tempura shrimp baked with smelt aioli and teriyaki sauce.

The presentation and the flavors are equally superb. Of course, only the freshest fish and seafood are used, so the sushi is impeccable. The molten flourless chocolate cake is achieving legendary status, so save room for a delicious finish!
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Kenichi Pacific reviews from OpenTable diners
16 reviews since July 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (11)special occasion (10)neighborhood gem (6)hot spot (4)romantic (4)good for groups (3)kid-friendly (3)notable wine list (2)great for outdoor dining (2)vibrant bar scene (2)great for lunch (1)late-night find (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • The best outstanding resturant ever.....
    1amazingbirthdaydinner
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    I enjoyed every single thing about my dinner at Kenichi Pacific. Food, Serive, Chef, drinks, decor ALL 100% the best that can't be beat. My Birthday dinner was one to remember and I will make it a tradition to eat there every year :) SIMPLY AMAZING.........
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    We make it a point to dine here each time we are in Kona. Food is excellent, service attentive and overall a good time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Attention to Detail
    Mahalo
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    On our family trip to the Big Island, we were looking for a quality sushi experience and we were not disappointed! The sushi was very fresh and beautifully executed. The service was wonderful. The only draw back was the Open Table Map, which showed the restaurant in Kailua-someone needs to fix this...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional
    Chaz
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Exceptional food; go annually, 13 years now, to Hawaii Island (Big Island), consistently one of the best dining on the Island.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sicilianbeauty
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The sushi was amazing the sake was awesome the service was great love it will be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    live2eat
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Everything we ate was great. Deserts were great also. Even people with food allergies can find something to eat. Overall I would definitely suggest that people try dining at Kenichi's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    One party member had serious allergies, dairy and gluten, just to mention two of many. The waitress was careful to track all the info, communicate to the chef, and most importantly, the chef was innovative with the fish. Chef prepared a delicious meal not lacking at all in taste which is often what occurs and chefs withhold ingredients. We return there every 6 weeks or so.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place in the Kona area
    HMBVNCVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We love this restaurant - have been there several times over the course of several years and it's always terrific. Sushi - both traditional and "modern" is great. This time we were a group of 6 and everyone ordered something different - everything was delicious! Desserts (which we hadn't ordered in the past) were excellent!
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice but FAR too much MSG
    Martin56
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We originaly liked this dinner very much. But after the night we thought differently. We had all symptoms of too much MSG. This jeans we Will never go back there again!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 7 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 171 reviews are from the Kenichi Pacific reviews archive.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Very expensive. Cannot get a dinner salad with dinner. Entree has no vegatable or starch. No bread with meal. Ordered 32 dollar entree which was supposed to have clam sauce with a couple of clams on side. Instead entree has some type of citric sauce which hostess said she had noticed change made by chef. Dinner for the four of us with drinks over two hundred dollars. Oh by the way the chef special was a fried piece of fish over some diced fried potatoes and suace nothing else on plate.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Local's Favorite!
    FunFoodie
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We're Local and Kenichi's is our favorite Kona restaurant. And, our favorite meal is sharing a filet mignon with an assortment of their delicious appetizers. Also, Kenichi has a fantastic happy, happy-hour with sushi and drinks at reduced prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mombah
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Some dishes were well prepared, aesthetically pleasing to the eye and very tasty. The nigiri sushi was of mediocre quality. Considering the cost of $175. for 2 people, I would have expected better service. The wait staff forgot a dish, brought wrong dishes, and was not attentive in replacing small plates, to the point where I was eating the food right from the serving dish, and replenishing the drinks or water.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sushi small, over priced
    Disappointed
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We ordered sushi and was very disappointed when it came. The sushi was very small for the price we paid. The waiter said the avocado salad was huge, enough for 2 people, so we ordered it and was disappointed when it came. It was small. Last time we were here, my husband ordered the filet mignon, priced $34.00 and was disappointed because it was sliced thin, spread over the plate nicely but had a couple bites of meat. He's a big boy and hungry. WE almost went to another take out afterwards to buy food because he was still hungry. So this time we ordered the New York. It was decent. Everything here is ala carte. So we paid $14.00 for salad and $29 for the NY steak. I've had better sushi for less price.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food & service
    TonyZonin
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Found this great restaurant in the "Big Island Revealed" guidebook, and it more than lived up to its excellent review. Friendly, efficient service, an excellent full bar and an eclectic, creative and delicious Japanese menu all contributed to a wonderful meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    Imafoodie
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    This place had great food! We sat outside thinking it would be quieter but they sat us at a table between two noisy tables! That would be my only complaint! Overall a great find. Wish they were located by the water but what can we do about that? I would certainly recommend this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special
    Difficult2please
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    I asked the restaurant to set up a surprise toast when we arrived and they did it perfectly , then great food and service. Recommend it highly
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  • Excellent sushi!
    Niser
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    This is a favorite place for sushi....and we were once again pleased. Requested an outdoor table, attentive service, wonderful sushi!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth the money
    Oregon
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    We ordered the Japanese country dinner special, which was $10 off the regular price. We were glad we didn't pay full price because this meal was very ordinary and definitely something we wouldn't do again. In fairness, the miso soup was good, but otherwise very mediocre. Our waitress was pleasant, but we asked to have our soup before the meal and she brought our dinner almost immediately after starting the soup. It made us feel a little rushed. The ambiance in the restaurant was nice. Maybe we should have ordered sushi, but we probably won't return.
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  • Will go again
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Amazing dim sum and dynamite shrimp. Lots more things to try so we will go back. Creative bar drinks that weren't too sweet For Kona with many mediocre restaurants this one is a find.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Sashimi & Sushi & more
    CarolVMVIP
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    We come to Kona every year and visit Kenichi at least twice during our two weeks. The other night we had the Kenichi special roll, calamari and duck confit. It was so good! Also, the molten chocolate cake with vanilla bean ice cream is amazing. Last night we went for sashimi; it is so fresh and beautifully presented. The restaurant is in the Keahou shopping complex - but don't let that put you off. The inside is lovely, although we sit outside where they have tables in an enclosed area with twinkling lights, on a wide walkway in the interior of the complex. It's really quite nice. It is kid friendly, AND you can have a lovely adult dinner. There is a kids' menu. My son loves the spaghettini with parm, soy and butter. Friendly service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Double billed for meal
    psmithiiVIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Contacted by credit card co that my card was double swiped. Not a good thing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • AMAZING
    2june
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    My boyfriend and I had never been to Kenichi Pacific, and we decided to go there for Valentine's Day. We arrived early for our reservation knowing that we might have to wait a bit, however the hostess was happy to seat us. We were blown away by the ambiance! It was very beautiful! Our server was awesome, very knowledgeable and extremely friendly. The timing of our food was excellent. We did not have to wait long between courses. We ordered several appetizers, several sushi rolls and one entree each. The portions were good. I loved the wakame salad, the dressing was perfect! The yuzu-shochu martini was incredible. I ordered the blackened ahi for my entree, and it was the best I have ever tasted! I cannot wait to go back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No welcoming attitude
    borkeeVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We left after being seated. Nobody here is friendly and they had canceled their 40 to 50% off early bird special because it was valentine's day. Something about the chef having to work too hard. It was all very surreal so we were happy to just get up and leave.
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  • Decent
    diner
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    We enjoyed sitting outside because it was quieter and more relaxed. The special was ehu with mashed potatoes and vegetables. The fish was tasty and had a nice sauce, and the vegetables were cooked well, but the mashed potatoes tasted like they came out of a box. Our server was friendly and attentive. Overall, we had a pleasant dining experience and will return because Kenichi Pacific is a good restaurant in a convenient location.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Try the Specials
    TexasToddVIP
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    Nice waitress, outstanding poki appetizer, and the fish special was very good.
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food!
    sushilover
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    We made reservations which I think is the way to go! Food was great but a bit pricey. My fiancé and I missed the Happy Hour from 5-6:30pm (I think) and the rolls are half off! We definitely will return for Happy Hour one day!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful varied menu
    alwayshungryVIP
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Could spend a week eating my way through this menu. Waitress was knowledgeable about sources for everything, which fish was local, which was from Japan. Excellent sushi and rolls. Good wine list. Duck confit dish excellent and unusual for these parts. Restaurant was quite busy yet service was both friendly and efficient. When in Kona...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Something for all tastes
    janis
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    From Whitney's attentive, knowledgeable service to the last morsel of duck confit, our dinner was excellent. We started with pupus of crab cakes and tempura veggies paired with a pinot gris. There was plenty to split and the crab cakes (3 in the serving) were some of the best we've ever had...tender crab surrounded by a crispy crunch set atop a delicious ginger saffron aioli. My husband opted for the filet and I ordered the duck confit. His steak was delicious and tender although he felt the balsamic drizzle overpowered the main focus. The duck was excellent, flavorful but not greasy. We were too full for dessert this time but plan to go back to try the bananas foster and some of the rolls described on the menu.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was not nearly as
    Bill
    Dined on 1/22/2014
    The food was not nearly as good as it should be for the price. Other restaurants on this trip were far better and the price was either the same or less. We will not go back to Kenichi. If you want good Spider Crab Sushi go to Seaside in Hilo, Kenichi is greatly lacking.
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  • Our favorite Kona restaurant
    Chachi
    Dined on 1/20/2014
    We go to Kenichi every time we're in Kona, it is our favorite restaurant in town. The sushi is fresh and creative, the entrees are well put together and delicious and the desserts are decadent. But our favorite are the hot and cold appetizers. We often just order four or five of these to share and make them a meal. They are always tasty and very original - there are some we have never seen on a menu anywhere else. The service is always friendly and attentive and we really enjoy our evenings at Kenichi. We would highly recommend it.
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    fit for foodies
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  • always good . . .but . . .
    Paco
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    Kenichi is always good for what they serve - particularly sushi. . . But this is now 2014 . . . It's time for "better restaurants" like Kenichi to offer multiple creative selections of Vegan & Vegetarian entrees and appetizers . . . The world is changing and many people are opting for healthy, local and sustainable food choices, our favorite restaurants should stay current with food trends as they become mainstream.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Island delightful
    MidtownfoodieVIP
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    When in Kona (or Austin, Dallas or Aspen), head for the great sushi and seafood of Kenichi. It is truly the very best, with outstanding service to boot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kona sushi and other seafood dishes
    byerly
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    I just discovered this place and have been back twice, once for kampachi and once for sushi. We were so glad to find kampachi again. This is a designer yellowtail that is farmed in the waters off Kona and has a wonderful taste. Kenichi served it fried with no breading or anything and it was perfect. The sushi was very nice too. This is a very nice restaurant to add to my list.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fusion Cuisine
    eat2live
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    We loved the relaxed atmosphere. The wine selections are well matched with the entrees in the menu. We had a nice Pinot Noir that went well with everything we ordered. We started with an Ahi Wasabi appetizer that was excellent. For entrees, I had the Ono Tataki and my wife had the Kenichi Duck Confit - both were outstanding! We definitely plan to go back for dinner anytime we are in Kona, Hawaii.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • When in Kona
    Rick
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    We never miss a chance to dine here when we visit Kona. The quality of the food is excellent and consistent. Have recommended this restaurant to my friends.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • love it
    live2eat
    Dined on 12/17/2013
    every aspect was enjoyed. There is nothing wrong I can say about Kenichi's
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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  • Great food, decent service
    cjweaver133
    Dined on 12/4/2013
    My wife and I went to Kenichi Pacific for dinner recently while on our honeymoon. We had three different sushi rolls and a few other small plates - all of them were excellent. We went on a quiet weekday night when the restaurant was pretty empty and the service seemed a little slow, but the food more than made up for that. Also, when my wife spilled her half-empty cocktail, our waitress replaced it will a new full one for free.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Japanese Big Island style
    MandM
    Dined on 12/3/2013
    Sushi rolls are good, especially during happy hour, but rest of food moderately ok. Prices very high, even if you hit the happy hour.
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fine Dinning
    Tom69
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    My wife and I have eaten at Kenichi Pacific several times and have never been disappointed. Excellent food and service! The best in Kona! Mike is an excellent server and the food preparation is excellent. The owner really understands customer service. He makes one feel really special and welcomes you to his restaurant.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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  • a good find
    luvNYCVIP
    Dined on 11/24/2013
    best meal that we had during our weekend getaway to Keauhou
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.