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 Tuesday-Sunday
CLOSED on MONDAYS
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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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (10)
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Good for Birthdays (6)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Authentic (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Romantic (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Casual (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Healthy (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Spicy (3)
Business Meals (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Cozy (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Fun (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Seasonal (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Comfort Food (1)
Great Beer (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Organic (1)
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 (Vancouver)·Dined 3 days ago

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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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (Tampa)·Dined on June 27, 2017

Excellent sushi. Every roll was fresh and delicious. Ribeye steak was cooked exactly as ordered but could have been better with more salt. Molten lava cake and ice cream was outstanding. Server was a bit quirky. Best restaurant we ate at while visiting Kona.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on June 27, 2017

Get the kenichi manapua (like a pork belly bao bun) that was my favorite. The Die hard was the best sushi roll. The dim sum was pretty good, we ordered a second serving bc there are only four. The sizzling teriyaki plates were also pretty good, I liked adding the onions from that onto other things.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Really loved it, fantastic food! Perfect spot for a nice vacation dinner.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (London)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Been eating at Kenichi for years! But the special on Friday night was the best ever -- Mahi-mahi with black rice and Thai sauce! Server Michael is always at your service with good advice and outstanding service!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Local Ingredients
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 (Portland)·Dined on May 24, 2017

The best part of the meal was the wait staff, prompt and attentive. Disappointed by the sushi - too expensive outside of happy hour.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Enjoyed a Mother's Day dinner here. Service was slow at first, but once the waitress got to us it was great until the end. Appetizers and sushi were a little expensive, but the food was great. The next time I'll go during the sushi happy hour.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (Naples)·Dined on April 19, 2017

Excellent food in Kona! It's hard to find truly good food in Kona, but Kenichi has it! We shared 3 appetizers: the avocado-mac nut salad, ribs and coconut shrimp. The food was wonderfully seasoned, although the portion sizes were in the small side. We shared the evening seafood special: grilled ono with tempura asparagus...highly recommended.
The staff is friendly and welcoming. The only negative is that it was hard to find. It's in a shopping center by Long Drugs. Don't let that deter you. It's worth the hunt!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Casual
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on April 14, 2017

The food was fabulous and the wait staff are great! What was not fabulous or great was getting my steak 20 minutes after my sister got her entree. That was a huge disappointment! I hope your sushi and kitchen staff can coordinate better in the future. I was a bit embarrassed after bragging about how fantastic you are to my mother and sister visiting from Washington. At least the food was great and the wait staff fun and professional.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 12, 2017

The service was a little stale. But it all went well. Food was great.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on April 11, 2017

Great meal to help round out a great trip to the big island.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 30, 2017

Just touring looking for easy access ok food. What a surprise. This was great! My daughter said that was the best sushi ever. Other daughter doesn't like sushi but loved the sizzling beef. Worth it to go.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on March 24, 2017

nice relaxed setting with comfy booths, an extensive menu and attentive waitress- but not overly so. We went at 5 pm and everything was ready. try the clamari and the tempura hors d'oeuvres. We had a birthday and they brought out a really delicious flourless chocolate "cake" with a candle. We'll go back.

Tags: Quick Bite, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Bar Seating
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on March 17, 2017

Pricey for what you get but it is Hawaii, just an average sushi restaurant, very spacious in a strip mall but very nice inside.

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Healthy
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on March 17, 2017

We have eaten here at least a half dozen times during past visits to Kona. We've enjoyed it and it is close to where we stay during our time on Big Island. While there is no view, occasionally there are live music or hula performances outside that can be viewed from the small lanai.
We tried to call for a reservation but the phone number listed on the door would not accept messages and no one answers the phone, Inconvenient and irrating. Ok, so we made a reservation online.
On arrival we were seated quickly and served a drink in a rather timely manner. Our order was taken, served and delicious as we expected. However, once served we were ignored from then on. We had to struggle to get anyone's attention to order a second drink. Our waiter was terse and seemed annoyed to have been called to our table once food arrived.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on March 8, 2017

We have dined here many times. We take visitors here and they always want to come back.
The sushi rolls are creative and delicious. Half price in the lounge area until 6 pm! I get the ono dinner every time. Just amazing.

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Authentic, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 6, 2017

Artistic and interesting sashimi incorporating some local fish species. Good grilled Ono. Excellent salmon. Got to restaurant early for our reservation so took advantage of 15 min of an excellent happy hour selection of craft cocktails and appetizer selection. Friendly and helpful staff.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour
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 (Boise)·Dined on February 26, 2017

We were unimpressed. The bar food and drinks were better than the over-priced and mediocre dinner. The place was not crowded and yet our raw dish was served several minutes after the cooked dish. The service was pleasant.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 15, 2017

Kenichis is one of my all time favs especially for their happy hour. I took a friend here who's visiting from Seattle. He seemed to enjoy his 'Ono Tataki but was not blown away. I had the Avocado Macnut salad. Although tasty, the avocado was brown and not a pleasant color. My husband had the Ribeye which he said was good but slightly burnt in some spots. We shared the DieHard roll which was the highlight of the meal. Our server Jessie (sp?) was nice and personable.

Tags: Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orlando)·Dined on February 15, 2017

Food was great. Staff was wonderful. Would highly recommend this place.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Friendly. Knowledgeable. Professional. Excellent, as usual.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Outstanding Value
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