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Pa'akai

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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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Tue - Sat 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
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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  • 42
    Very good
  • 20
    Average
  • 17
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Wonderful meal

As we were staying at the Turtle Bay resort for our honeymoon, we were looking for a nice restaurant to celebrate. The singer playing romantic songs with a Hawaiian twist set the mood for the meal and he even played one of our songs at the wedding. We opted for the 5 course tasting menu which was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
carlyannking
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London, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Scenic view
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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London, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

As we were staying at the Turtle Bay resort for our honeymoon, we were looking for a nice restaurant to celebrate. The singer playing romantic songs with a Hawaiian twist set the mood for the meal and he even played one of our songs at the wedding. We opted for the 5 course tasting menu which was wonderful. I really... More 

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Syosset, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

This restaurant is pretty, a bit loud, limited menu, not suitable for the little ones Good if you want to dress up a bit for dinner

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East Hanover
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Wow, this one of the best meals we had on our honeymoon. A really great new addition for Turtle Bay Resort, this fine-dining restaurant was great. The poke was awesome and the environment and scenery are great. Highly recommend.

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Oakland, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

Resort pricing and delicious food. Attentive service, great views- especially at sunset and very limited wine list. Arguably one of the best restaurants on the North Shore. Reservations recommended- especially for view seating.

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Chandler, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Made a reservation a few weeks in advance and requested a window seat but were sat just away from that spot even though there was an empty window seat that sat vacant for the majority of our meal. Still had a nice view and the food was very good. The filet was one of the most tender I have ever... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Sit out on the balcony weather permitting so you can enjoy the evening entertainment! The food was excellent, the location was amazing, the service was mediocre...

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Vancouver, Washington, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Our children made reservations for dessert on our last night in Turtle Bay and to celebrate our 30th anniversary. The table was set up for all 15 of us, the desserts were absolutely outstanding, with just ice cream scoops for the younger kids. The desserts started at around $10-18 and were well worth it. Grandma's apple pie is actually the... More 

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Ashburn, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

My wife and I had dinner at Pa'akai restaurant. The food and service was excellent! We started with the capparcio which was nice size portion an very tasty. My wife had the filet mignon and I had the double rack of lamb. Both were excellent. There's not much near the resort if you're looking for gourmet food. Lots of plate... More 

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Shingle Springs, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

We enjoyed our dinner here. Good Mai Tai. Make reservations ahead and request a window seat. Beautiful sunsets

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marysville ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Excellent dinner, but very expensive. We had a wonderful dinner at Pa'akai this evening. Everything was excellent from the salad to the dessert. Dinner was great. From the fish, to the rib eye, to the fillet and the lamb. My husband said his lamb was the best lamb he has ever had! It was very very expensive! But very, very... More 

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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
  • Price Range: $ $ $ $
  • Cuisine: Fusion, Healthy, Hawaiian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Scenic view, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic

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?