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Pa'akai

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Dessert, Fusion, Healthy, Hawaiian
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57-091 Kamehameha Hwy, Kahuku, Oahu, HI 96731 (Formerly 21 Degrees North)
808-293-6000
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5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Sat 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Pa‘akai’s menu highlights the best in fresh local fish, farm-raised...
Pa‘akai’s menu highlights the best in fresh local fish, farm-raised lobster, Kauai prawns, sea asparagus, seaweed and sea salt produced in Hawaii. Signature dishes include the pan-seared kampachi with roasted butternut squash, grilled crimini mushrooms and an apple daikon vinaigrette; as well as the Inamona–crusted scallops with avocado puree, Kahuku corn and pipikaula relish with macadamia nut chili oil. The menu also includes offerings such as the Kona coffee-rubbed New Zealand lamb rack with truffle mash and an elderflower and blackberry reduction, as well as a Hawaiian ranchers rib eye steak with fingerling potatoes. Desserts include a warm caramelized apple banana chocolate lumpia with coconut sauce, and a Waialua chocolate soufflé with Ka‘u macadamia nut sauce. The restaurant also features a full bar with signature cocktails and an array of appetizers, including selections from a seafood “treasure chest.”Pa‘akai has a contemporary, ocean-inspired ambiance of cool blues and natural fixtures, flexible seating for 110 guests, and an area for nightly live entertainment from renowned local artists.
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Good for:
Romance
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Scenic view
Entertaining clients

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 80
    Excellent
  • 39
    Very good
  • 19
    Average
  • 15
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
great wine selection

We arrived late to a friends table and the service was very slow. We had to ask about it twice, but we were not the norm. Came at the end of the evening, shared a meal, joined a table halfway through their meal, etc. The service recovery was a good effort. Wonderful ambience for romance.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
Jan A
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Plymouth, NH
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Scenic view
  • Entertaining clients
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Plymouth, NH
Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

We arrived late to a friends table and the service was very slow. We had to ask about it twice, but we were not the norm. Came at the end of the evening, shared a meal, joined a table halfway through their meal, etc. The service recovery was a good effort. Wonderful ambience for romance.

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New York, NY
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337 reviews 337 reviews
212 restaurant reviews
195 helpful votes 195 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

after a none too great meal at the kula grille, one of the so-called restaurants of this resort, we were leery of going to the fish place in the resort, partly due to price. This was one of the best meals ever. we started with roasted tomato soup and a caesar salad made with pineapple croutons and regular lettuce. Mains... More 

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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Pa akai restaurant has outstanding food, excellent customer service and a great view. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal which consisted of scallops, pineapple Caesar salad, lamb, tenderloin and shrimp and the catch of the day. We found the food to be very fresh, exactly as ordered and extremely tasty. They have an extensive wine list and we capped of the... More 

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dc
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64 reviews 64 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Very disappointing. The evening started with an incredibly rude and unpolished hostess messing up the time of our reservation and accusing us of being "very late" as if we were schoolchildren even though she was in the wrong. Two people then came by for water. We said that we preferred sparkling, so they changed our glasses, and then they were... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Romantic setting overlooking the ocean. Small, intimate dining room perfect for couples. Had a small musical duo with guitar/local music that set a perfectly relaxing mood. Excellent tasting menu combining Pacific cuisine (fish, local vegetables and fruits) with European styles (e.g. pesto fish). Probably the most high-end dining experience on the North Shore and great for a special occasion. Wine... More 

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San Diego, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

This is the fine dining restaurant in the Resort and it is amazing. First and foremost is the service - attention to detail, welcoming and always smiling. The food is also amazing. Look forward to going back one day soon.

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Aix-en-Provence, France
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Since I am on vacation, I decided not to write ANY reviews concerning my eats on this trip - I am currently staying at Turtle Bay Resort. I've spent well into four figures during my stay. Last night, I was looking for a place to eat - came on line and saw the review from March 10th - from someone... More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

The food was amazing. The service was even better. Would definitely go again. It is pricey so be prepared.

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Battle Ground, Washington
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

The fish was overposered with the spice anise. We may be picky, but coming from the Pacific Northwest - if you screw up seafood, we will know it. Over cookign shrimp, over powering white meat fish with a spice like anise, and smoothering everything in massive amounts of garlic is a crime. Sorry - I don't think I have ever... More 

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Prince George, Canada
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87 reviews 87 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

We came wit a large party of 12 people. The service was outstanding, never needed to ask for anything. Seemed like the waiter and waitress were assigned to our table only. The menu was interesting and we wanted to try everything. The food came out quickly and was delicious! everyone in our group was satisfied.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 57-091 Kamehameha Hwy, Kahuku, Oahu, HI 96731 (Formerly 21 Degrees North)
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Oahu  >  Kahuku
  • Phone Number: 808-293-6000

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 39 - 75
  • Cuisine: Dessert, Fusion, Healthy, Hawaiian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view, Entertaining clients

Description

Pa‘akai’s menu highlights the best in fresh local fish, farm-raised lobster, Kauai prawns, sea asparagus, seaweed and sea salt produced in Hawaii. Signature dishes include the pan-seared kampachi with roasted butternut squash, grilled crimini mushrooms and an apple daikon vinaigrette; as well as the Inamona–crusted scallops with avocado puree, Kahuku corn and pipikaula relish with macadamia nut chili oil. The menu also includes offerings such as the Kona coffee-rubbed New Zealand lamb rack with truffle mash and an elderflower and blackberry reduction, as well as a Hawaiian ranchers rib eye steak with fingerling potatoes. Desserts include a warm caramelized apple banana chocolate lumpia with coconut sauce, and a Waialua chocolate soufflé with Ka‘u macadamia nut sauce. The restaurant also features a full bar with signature cocktails and an array of appetizers, including selections from a seafood “treasure chest.”Pa‘akai has a contemporary, ocean-inspired ambiance of cool blues and natural fixtures, flexible seating for 110 guests, and an area for nightly live entertainment from renowned local artists.
Open Hours
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm

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