About 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!

78-6831 Ali'i Drive
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Japanese, Seafood, Steak

Hours of Operation:
Season Hours;
4:30pm - 9:00pm 7 days/week
Happy Hour between: 4:30-6:00 PM daily except some major Holidays, up to 50% off all house sushi rolls in bar & lounge area only

Cross Street:
Kamehameha III

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(808) 322-6400

Website:
http://www.kenichipacific.com/

Catering:
Offers:

Full sushi station with your private Chef Kenichi Kanada
Bar station
Sushi, food/pupus & more

At least a week notice for smaller groups.

Parking Details:
We are located in Keauhou Shopping Center. We do have plenty of parking space.

Public Transit:
Keauhou shuttle
It's new, Open-Air 44seat trolley type
shuttle. Between Keauhou and Kailua town
eight times aday.

Executive Chef:
Kenichi Kanada

Private Party Facilities:
Small Diningroom hold up to 14 people.
also we have Two out side patio(Covered) hold up to 20 and 30people.

Private Party Contact:
Ken Kanada: (808) 322-6400

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Kenichi Pacific Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.2

ambience

4.1

value

3.9

Noise

Quiet

89% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (18)
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Casual (9)
Happy Hour (9)
Good for a Date (9)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Local Ingredients (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Romantic (6)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Authentic (5)
Business Meals (5)
Healthy (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Fun (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Cozy (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Spicy (3)
Notable Wine List (2)
Tapas (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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Tasting Menu (1)
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Our server Cori made our evening extra special - and our meals were spectacular as always - service was a bit slow however that gave us a chance to enjoy our last night in Kona

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 10, 2018

We drove for an hour and it was worth it. Great food and great service from Heather.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 7, 2018

We went here on vacation and enjoyed it very much.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Awesome, beautiful and the best! Thank you:)

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·Dined on January 2, 2018

We love Kenichi! They have a great happy hour. Regular prices are good for the location and quality of the food.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Kid-friendly, Business Meals, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great Beer, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Another amazing experience - our server Bebelyn made our New Year’s Eve dinner spectacular- thanks again Kenichi

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We spent the New Year dining at Kenichi Pacific. We have been to the restaurant in the past and it is one of the hidden gems that most are unfamiliar with. Don't let the location (strip mall) fool you. If you like sushi, Pacific-themed food, or just a nice experience, I certainly recommend it.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Healthy, Business Meals
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Decent sushi not the best I’ve ever had. It’s good for a quick casual bite.

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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 26, 2017

A Merry Christmas to me dinner - as always sensational - I enjoyed the Ono Tataki, my server Ali’s personal favorite - highly recommended local favorite

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·Dined on December 26, 2017

Great food, outstanding service, well worth the price. Next trip back to the Big Island, we will be going back.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

It was not a pleasant experience. The food was salty. And we waited an hour for our fried rice to come. We didnt get any attention in the waiting time. We dont recommend people to go to this restaurant if you are in a hurry. Come only if you think it is worth to wait about an hour for some "just ok"food.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Very delicious sashimi, the appetizers lack volume- beef carpaccio was 6 slices for $18....a little pricey.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Excellent food and service, yes it's pricey but for a special occasion it is well worth it. Extensive menu. We went for sushi (and have been there before) which was wonderful. Sat at the sushi bar and watched the chefs make it.

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 18, 2017

Food was excellent, sushi rolls were on a diet, so need to order lots of extra rolls. Option to order side dishes made it possible to try different things.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Tapas, Special Occasion
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 10, 2017

The experience at Kinichi’s was excellent and we really enjoyed our evening. This was our wedding anniversary so we chose this restaurant as we knew it would be a success. The restaurant offers a great menu for all but the seafood and steak are our favorite. The appetizers and drinks were all good as well, especially the sake. We will come back again soon.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Authentic, Casual, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We came for happy hour dinner with my mother who uses a walker due to hip surgery. The happy hour area was full and the only seating available was high stools or standing at the bar...which would not work for someone using a walker. The dining area only had one table occupied...but they would not extend the happy hour specials to the dining area..despite it being empty and the bar full with a 15 min wait...and my mom unable to sit on the high stools. Other wis ethe food was certainly good..although their appeared to be a bit light on wait staff and service was spotty and slow. I would have hoped Kenichis would have extended the courtesy of happy hour specials to the dining room...as teh bar was beyond full with a 20 minute waiting list..that would have been “customer service”..but that was not the case.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Our meal was very good. Too bad our server was so unfriendly. We noticed every other server was happy and friendly. Maybe she was having a bad night, but it put a damper on our meal.

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Excellent food and service. Nice modern setting. We enjoyed the miso black cod, tuna sushi rolls, duck and ono tataki. All were excellent and we finished with bananas foster. Good cocktails and wine choices as well. All made for a very enjoyable evening. Similarly priced to the place up the hill in Keauhou but MUCH BETTER food and service here!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Creative special sushi rolls, very fresh sashimi, a calamari appetizer that is luscious and a molten chocolate cake that's a "destination" dessert make this a wonderful hidden gem in Keauhou. We go 2 or 3 times during our 2-week vacation every year. Our night's (Friday Dec 1) special was a sushi roll combined carpaccio, tempura shrimp, avocado and a few other ingredients. The favor combination was wonderfully harmonious! Enjoy!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Romantic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Service was much to be desired but the food was good.

Tags: Casual, Healthy, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Service was fantastic, wide variety of sake. Fish special was presented well, sushi was done well.

Teriyaki salmon tasted good, but a little well done. Presentation could have been tidier.

Dessert was good as well. (mochi and deep fried ice cream)

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Organic, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Good Vegetarian Options, Disabled Access, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Spicy, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Local Ingredients, Cozy
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 13, 2017

We had an excellent dinner at Kenichi Pacific. The food was very fresh and tasty, and the service was excellent. Would highly recommend this restaurant and will definitely return again.

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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 8, 2017

The food was a little better than I expected. Serving size, portions are small. Had the Toro nigiri and it wasn’t to my expectations.
The Chirashi had a little of everything with very small slices. Glad that I ordered some pupus/appetizers with the meal.
It’s a place that I’d say been there, done that.

Tags: Fun
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 (Cancún)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Was difficult to find even with GPS, but we found it! Fantastic menu & great service. Would suggest better signage for night customers unfamiliar with area.

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Salmon was over cooked and chicken was dry. Waitress was great. I was a bit disappointed. We have been there before and expected better

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

We booked this reservation for 9pm 1hour earlier.,last Saturday & the booking was confirmed via Opentable.
However when we arrived at the Restaurant at 8.55pm, we were told that the Restaurant was closed at 9pm.I stated I had a booking confirmation for 9pm.The Front of House seemed Shocked & when she checked her System she realised that the booking was on the System.
She apologised profusely & made every effort to ensure the Chef & waiting Sttaff waited on,so we could have had our meal.
That is exactly what happened.We were very conscious of the situation & ordereed Swiftly, whilst it was a little bit hurried,we didn't mind cos we were acutely aware of the Staff waiting back for us. We had wanted to eat here 'cos for about 2 hours earlier I had researched heavily on Trip Advisor to investigate ,which restaurant to choose & We were really looking forward to eating here.
As it was 9pm,there was very little options available to us,so we did press hard for the Reservation to be honoured..
So we just want to acknowledge all the Staff that waited & cooked our food .It was delicious, We got the Rib Eye Terriyachi steaks with a Grerns dish.It was all fabulous.So a big Thank you to all at Kenichi Pacific for Sttaying Back.it was very much appreciated by two very Hungry Irish Tourist.Thanks again....The Food was delicious and this Rp
0estaurant totally lived up to its reviews for service,Friendliest & off Course Great Taste & Value.We would Highly recommended it,our Best food on The Big Island

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Spicy
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

The overall experience was great, we will return when back in Kona. My main complaint was the service was very slow. Short staffed? Extra busy? Not sure but it took a long time to be served, receive beverages, main courses, etc.
My filet, although very tender, was way over cooked.

All in all, I do recommend Kenichi's

Tags: Special Occasion, Paleo Friendly, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 6, 2017

A truly impressive meal. Creative fresh food, excellent service and great array of choices.

Tags: Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Your food is well prepared and well served and expensive but worth it.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on September 27, 2017

お寿司は普通に美味しい。
そのたのアラカルト的な食事も普通に美味しいです。
お店も広く、利用しやすいと思います!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Great food, creative Asian fusion or Japanese. Quiet and comfortable

Tags: Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on September 7, 2017

As usual food was great service the same alway worth the trip

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on August 26, 2017

Four of us had a delicious meal. We went because of the recommendation in HAWAII THE BIG ISLAND REVEALED guidebook. The book did say that the service was slow, but to the contrary, the service was fast and efficient. We ordered the Bananas Foster because we were feeling celebratory. It was good, but next time I'd go home and eat a banana and save a couple of $$.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 1, 2017

Very good Japanese food. The Misoyaki Black Cod was buttery and delicious. Very pleasant and attentive service.

Tags: Happy Hour, Fun
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·Dined on July 30, 2017

Excellent Japanese cuisine and service! Menu offerings are unique and always changing.

Tags: Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Healthy
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Kenichi is a favorite place . Sake , sushi, food, outstanding

Tags: Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 27, 2017

The food is decent, but overpriced even by local standards. The sashimi dinner is okay; the rice seemed to be reheated. We paid $200 for 4 entrees, 1 sushi roll, and 3 desserts (no drinks, no appetizers). Service was very good, but dinner was definitely nothing special, especially for the price. Then again, I haven't had sushi elsewhere on the Big Island, so am not sure how it compares.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on July 22, 2017

As usual, fantastic food and cocktails. Beautiful presentations. Waitstaff is attentive but not intrusive, friendly and knowledgeable.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Happy Hour
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 17, 2017

I ordered chirashi sushi, and the rice under neath all that fish fillet (sashimi) was not seasoned at all. Sushi rice has to be seasoned with vinegar and sugar. I didn't taste any vinegar and sugar. Did the sushi chef forgot? I am still scratching my head about this. My wife ordered a couple of rolls, and her sushi rice was not seasoned to much, either. As a person grew up in Japan, I found it unbelievable that the sushi chef didn't season the sushi rice.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Enjoy dining at Kenichi's for it's interesting dishes and Bananas Foster dessert.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Romantic
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