We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
57-091 Kamehameha Hwy, Kahuku, Oahu, HI 96731 (Formerly 21 Degrees North)
Improve this listing
Reserve with OpenTable
Ranked #10 of 24 Restaurants in Kahuku
Price range: $39 - $75
Tue - Sat 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: Dessert, Hawaiian, Healthy, Fusion
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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.
Write a Review

145 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Rating summary
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Japanese first
  • Any
English first
Los Angeles, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

Let me start by saying that I don't usually talk up restaurants or write reviews for them. To say that a specific meal is the best you've ever had is usually an extreme exaggeration. But here it is, the best meal I've ever had. I was on my honeymoon and my wife recommended we come to the North Shore and... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Main Beach, Australia
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

This was probably the best meal we had whilst in Oahu! We chose the five course with matching wines. I would definitely recommend this option. We made reservations but did not get a window seat but that was OK as we were the only diners on the upper level. Can't stress how good the food was and reasonably priced too!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Los Angeles, California
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

the service was awful by our waiter, and the prime rib was not good, nor was the poke. The restaurant was incredibly expensive, but we enjoyed Lei Lei's much more, and it was half the price.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

The entire menu was so mouth watering we wanted to try all of the appetizers. The scallops were exceptional and so was the Filet Mignon.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Quality local produce well prepared with great service, once your past the maitre de ( she's a dragon)

Was this review helpful? Yes
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

By giving Paakai 2 stars we are being generous. We live here and have had a total of six meals and allowed at getting time. I am not posting this review and getting any pleasure by doing so. I sincerely wish they could get their act together as fine dining options are so limited on the North Shore. Every time... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Melbourne, Australia
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

This restaurant served a beautiful meal and although highly priced felt very worth the money. You will have the most delicious fish here and a gorgeous romantic atmosphere. Thank you for a little slice of indulgence in Turtle Bay!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Worth the splurge. Went on New Year's Eve and had the 5 course meal with the wine pairings. Excellent! Great view.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Newport Beach, CA
Top Contributor
165 reviews 165 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Each time we stay at Turtle Bay, we enjoy a perfect meal at Pa'akai. This visit was no exception. The view, ambiance, and food are out of this world! Our appetizer, salads, fresh fish entrees, and dessert were all phenomenal. I would eat here for the purple Molokai sweet mashed potatoes alone! The manager was also very friendly and made... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Mercer Island, Washington
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Open Table was not available on that day therefore I tried to book reservations two other ways ( both did not work out)....it seems that the one sole person in charge of reservations only is available by phone when the restaurant is open......therefore, although a phone call to the staff person two weeks ahead 'confirmed' our reservation for 630 pm,... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Pa'akai also viewed


Been to Pa'akai? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Pa'akai

Address: 57-091 Kamehameha Hwy, Kahuku, Oahu, HI 96731 (Formerly 21 Degrees North)
Phone Number: 808-293-6000
Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Oahu  >  Kahuku
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
Average Prices: USD 39 - 75
Cuisine: Dessert, Hawaiian, Healthy, Fusion

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Pa'akai staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?