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Kona Kai Sushi

Kona Kai Sushi Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Email: konakaisushi@gmail.com
  • Phone: (808) 594-7687
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: M-Sa 5:30pm-10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Tapas / Small Plates, Japanese
  • Executive Chef: James Matsukawa
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 12th Ave
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: We have our main entrance from the Public parking lot located between 11th and 12th avenue
A word from Kona Kai Sushi
Here at Kona Kai Sushi we strive to give you, our guest, the best sushi experience we can provide. We offer a diverse verity of seafood from around the world as well as an impressive Japanese beer and sake selection
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Diner Reviews
  • "Kona Kai does good sushi. It offers similar specialty sushi as a certain un-named sushi restaurant in town, but for half the price. The staff is knowledgeable when it comes to fish on the menu and offer good suggestions. I would definitely recommend it to my friends."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "This was only our second time dining here & I had to add a 5year old to our reservation. I never received a call back to confirm it & the reviews I read on Yelp made me nervous about showing up with an extra person, but everything was fine when we arrived. Lots of room for the 3 of us & wonderful service!!! Those Yelp reviewers must've all came on a bad bad day. Our orders were taken quickly & we received our food in a timely manner. I'm not complaining about receiving a couple extra nigiri on a couplr of our orders. YUM! Love the Three Wisemen which is a surprise since I normally dislike uni, but the quality is so good, it's fab! My little cousin was very happy with her food & that's the best part."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Absolutely phenomenal experience… the chef’s passion for his craft and the product delivered was beyond expectations. His blend of the traditional accompanied by his unique creative interpretation made this a truly memorable experience. Absolutely recommended for even the most discerning dinners. The servers were attentive and friendly and the hostess personally caring for our parking was a nice touch."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "food is amazing, i don't know his name but the server always gives us grate service. i will visit there again."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "Amazing sushi with wonderful, hospitable service, imagine that? You can get both! Sushi was innovative and everything we ordered was delicious, salad overdressed but can easily overlook that when everything else so wonderful. Very nice sake selection and waiter knowledgeable enough to make great recommendations. Can't wait to go back for omakase next time."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "We eat at Kona Kai about every other month and the food never disappoints. Great lobster tail and sushi."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "I love the sushi and sashimi here. The seafood is always fresh and I love venturing from the usual fishes: Ahi (Maguro), Salmon (Shake), and Yellow Tail (Hamachi) and I think their other fishes are the best: Tai, Hirame, Shako, Ma Aji, and anything you wouldn't dare order elsewhere because you're scared of what it will taste. If you're unsure, try the Ke'e special if they're offering or just do omakase."
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "Horrible service, slow, non attentive and many items on their menu not avail. Thought maybe it was just us and a one off situation, however, in speaking with friends and other family members, they all complained about the service."
    Dined on 11/5/2013
  • "The best sushi I've ever had anywhere. Also, and by far, the most expensive sushi I've ever had. The bill was $250 for dinner for 2. Meager accomodations but outstanding food."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "Excellent sushi/omakase. Don't expect great atmosphere but, you're there for the food."
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "Loved everything, my g/f thought the ahi chips had a little too much mayo on them. Everything else was awesome, especially the nigiri. Really liked the Chef's choice nigiri special- 5 pieces for $14. Hope they keep that around."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "The service was great and the food was good. Nice flavors used to enhance the sushi (like yuzu), but fish slices are not that big. Went with ala carte menu and not omakase. Would go again to order specific sushi, but this would not be first choice for sushi."
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "No doubt some of the best sushi I've had in Honolulu. Chef is the only one who greets you when you enter. Again the sushi is wonderful. And we arrived at 6 PM the open sign was not on nor were any of the lights to the rear entrance it was dark and unwelcoming. The unwelcome feeling continued as you entered with servers working hard not to make eye contact with you. Even when we revealed we had reservations the waitress seemed annoyed to have to seat us. Ambience is not good, it's too dark, cramped and the chairs are uncomfortable. We sat at the bar and chef had to continually call someone to remove our plates so he could service each course. Wait staff seems disorganized, it took forever to get our bill. But the sushi is awesome."
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "You need to have a lot of time to spend at this restaurant. We were one of only three tables yet our order took over 30 minutes for the first dish to arrive. This restaurant was really good at one time, however, portions have become smaller and prices have remained the same. There are much better restaurants around for the price paid. Will not return"
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "Good food and wonderful experience! Will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 12/10/2013
  • "Had a reservation at 5:30pm and restaurant opened late at 5:47pm. Surprised they didn't open their doors on time considering we saw employees in the restaurant. Very unprofessional. Sat at bar and noticed lack of communication between cooks and servers with the food coming out. Caught several mistakes on which table had what food. Food by the way took a while."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "They have three sushi chefs working and they were unwilling to revise a dish because of food allergies. We asked the waiter and he flat out said no. Never ever going back. Just junk!"
    Dined on 11/6/2013
  • "Extensive nigiri sushi selection. Everything we had in our Omakase dinner (chef's choice) was high quality, superb fish and shellfish. Well worth spending more here and getting a really special sushi experience."
    Dined on 10/8/2013
  • "Nice specials but service was just ok. Nothing bad, but I expect friendlier when in Hawaii. It was almost like mainland don't-care attitude. My uni shooter shotglass had a crack in it, and when we told the server, he just said OH. No apology, or discount for error. I'll go again with a half off coupon, but not for full price. Neither food nor service were superior enough to overlook the other."
    Dined on 5/20/2013