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Pa'akai

57-091 Kamehameha Hwy, Kahuku, Oahu, HI 96731 (Formerly 21 Degrees North)
808-293-6000
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Ranked #14 of 24 restaurants in Kahuku
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $39 - $75
Cuisines: Dessert, Hawaiian, Healthy, Fusion
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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.
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Albuquerque, NM
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

We had dinner at Pa'akai the last night we stayed at the resort. We were seated next to a window so could watch the Polynesian entertainment and enjoy ocean views as we dined. All the produce (fruit & veggies) are so fresh as they're locally sourced, and the seafood is fantastic. Highly recommend!

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Chicago, Illinois
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

If you have the wine specialist as your waiter....You will have an awesome meal. The others seemed like their heads were in a cloud..

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TurtleBayResort808, Manager at Pa'akai, responded to this review

Aloha, It’s nice to know you enjoyed the view while dining with us a Pa’akai. We’re happy you enjoyed your meal. Mahalo for sharing your thoughts about our wait staff. Management will share your review with our team so we can look into ways we can improve. More

Ashburn, Virginia
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014 via mobile

Our birthday dinner here was delicious and memorable. The fish dishes were we ordered were well seasoned and cooked. We enjoy trying the fresh local fish not easily found on the mainland. We dined on a windy stormy evening and the waves pounding the shoreline just outside the restaurant were impressive. Prices are a little high - but it's Hawaii!

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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

Fine dining at its best here on the North Shore of Oahu. A very romantic, special occasion type place. The views of Turtle Bay were amazing. We will definitely return on our next visit to Oahu.

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TurtleBayResort808, Manager at Pa'akai, responded to this review

Happy Birthday! Mahalo for celebrating the special occasion with us at Pa’akai. We’re thrilled our fresh fish dishes hit the spot and that you enjoyed beautiful ocean views while dining with us. We hope to have the honor of a return visit someday. Aloha. More

Wichita, Kansas, United States
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

I guess I was expecting more, but the food was good, and service was great! Not very kid friendly (especially for a toddler), but good food and good drinks, we were just expecting more spectacular food for a resort restaurant.

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TurtleBayResort808, Manager at Pa'akai, responded to this review

Aloha, Thank you for sharing your experience with us. We’re glad you enjoyed our food, service and drinks. We would be honored to serve you again in the future. Mahalo. More

Sydney, Australia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

The best restaurant in the resort with superb service and excellent food. Great wine list with typically resort prices.

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TurtleBayResort808, Manager at Pa'akai, responded to this review

Aloha, Mahalo for dining with us at Pa’akai. We’re honored you considered Pa’akai the best restaurant at Turtle Bay. We hope to have the honor of serving you again someday. More

Sydney, Australia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

Great bar service, efficient and choice of food. Staff make sure you are well looked after as you enjoy the pool.

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TurtleBayResort808, Manager at Pa'akai, responded to this review

Aloha, we’re glad you enjoyed our friendly staff. We would be honored to serve you again someday. Mahalo! More

Sydney, Australia
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014 via mobile

Please avoid if you are wanting a great customer service and dining experience. For a restaurant that considers themselves to be fine-dining, I think they need a big wake up call! You will need to dress to impress if you are wanting to receive any customer service. As for me, I was seated between two tables that were dressed as... More

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TurtleBayResort808, Manager at Pa'akai, responded to this review

Aloha, We sincerely apologize Pa’akai did not live up to your expectations. Management has been notified about the unacceptable service you received and will investigate. We humbly invite you to visit us again so we can show you the true spirit of Pa’akai and aloha of our staff. If you do choose to give us the honor, please contact our... More

Santa Cruz, Ca
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

I don't believe I have EVER before walked out of a restaurant without eating but we actually went back to our room and ordered a pizza. Unfortunately, we had saved "the best for last" and looked forward to this meal all week only to have our wonderful week at Turtle Bay finish with, literally a bad taste in our mouths.... More

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TurtleBayResort808, Manager at Pa'akai, responded to this review

Aloha, We sincerely apologize that Pa’akai did not live up to your expectations. We know you were looking forward to dining with us and we are embarrassed at the service you received. Our servers are supposed to be respectful and professional. We are sorry to hear yours was not. We humbly invite you back to give us another try. If... More

Fairfax, Virginia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

Everything was just perfect. The food was outstanding. The chef was also willing to make accommodations for us, substituting one thing for another without question. It was so good that we went back the next night! Our waitress remembered us from the night before and requested a larger piece of filet for our teenage son who had powered through his... More

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TurtleBayResort808, Manager at Pa'akai, responded to this review

Aloha, Your review brought a smile to our faces! An experience like yours is what we want all of our guests to experience. We’re thrilled you enjoyed our aloha spirit and our delicious dishes. We would be honored to serve you a third time and hope to see you again soon! Mahalo. More

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