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Big Island Restaurants

Kenichi Pacific

  • 78-6831 Alii Dr. Map It
  • Kailua-Kona
  • Japanese

Updated 03/04/2015

Fodor's Review

With black-lacquer tables and lipstick-red banquettes, Kenichi offers a more sophisticated dining atmosphere than what's normally found in Kona. Its shopping center location feels like a secret, but it's worth seeking out. This is where residents go when they feel like splurging on top-notch sushi and steak. It's a little on the pricey side, but you'll leave feeling satisfied. The signature rolls are inventive, especially the always-popular Dynamite Shrimp. To save a buck or two, go early for happy hour (5 to 6:30 pm daily), when all sushi rolls are half price, or hang out in the cocktail lounge, where menu items average $6.

Restaurant Information


Keauhou Shopping Center, 78-6831 Alii Dr., D-125, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, 96740, United States

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Restaurant Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • No lunch. Closed Mon.

Updated 03/04/2015


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Apr 20, 2009

Thrice as Nice!

Don't let the location (Shopping Center Strip Mall) fool you--this restaurant is not your ordinary restaurant. We tried almost every appetizer and entree, and many of the sushi selections. The lamb, filet mignon, tempura were fantastic, and the island selections such as Ahi, Opah, and Ono were even better. Plating is creative and the service and atmosphere match the food. Worth a visit!

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May 8, 2007

Inventive and Creative

Wonderful Japanese fusion cuisine. The bamboo wrapped salmon and duck confit are fabulous. Portions are small, so use that fact to sample an appetizer and one of their great sushi rolls (we loved their lobster roll). Their desserts were the best we had on the island and beautifully presented--like a work of art. The location in a strip mall is very unlikely and you have to really look to find it even within the shopping center. Service is professional

and unobtrusive. They DO accept credit cards now! We paid with one.

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