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Pa'akai

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Dessert, Hawaiian, Healthy, Fusion
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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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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
  • 76
    Excellent
  • 36
    Very good
  • 19
    Average
  • 13
    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
Most recent review
Nice Place

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 27, 2015
GTH275
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Prince George, Canada
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Scenic view
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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151 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Prince George, Canada
Top Contributor
87 reviews 87 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

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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ventrua, ca
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

The food was good, the view was nice but unlike other restaurants on property this lacked ambiance and the feel of Hawaii.

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Sherman Oaks, California, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

We should have just gotten poke bowls from the Foodland supermarket rather than spend what we spent on a truly bland dinner, that on top of that, took forever to be served. It was Valentine's Day and we were staying at the Turtle Bay Resort. My husband had made reservations at Pa'akai and we were looking forward to a nice,... More 

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Salinas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Good food and service. This was our second visit and we will be back. Stunning ocean view. Nice bar.

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Madison, Wisconsin
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

You expect to pay a lot of money for a high-end restaurant in Hawaii, but in return you expect to have great food, service, and ambiance. All were missing from our recent evening at Pa'akai. The restaurant seems to be in a state of transition, and I hope they fix the issues with the kitchen, wait staff, and food so... More 

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Edmonton
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

Great menu and cocktail choices. Very nicely appointed room. Request a window table or you could get stuck in a far back seating area from the ocean views.

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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 via mobile

Our family of 4 adults and 3 children sat on the lanai overlooking the point. We were greeted with a smiling hostess that provided us with the best seats in the house- overlooking the blue Pacific. The wine menu was excellent- starting our dining experience with a Maui wine- Lokelani Sparkling Rose. A toast for our family finally being together.... More 

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Los Angeles, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

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 

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Main Beach, Australia
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

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!

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Los Angeles, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

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.

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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, Hawaiian, Healthy, Fusion

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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?