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Kenichi Pacific Sushi & Pacific Rim

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Keahou Shopping Center, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 98626 (Kamehameha III)
Keauhou shuttle It's new, Open-Air 44seat trolley type shuttle. Between Keauhou and Kailua town eight times aday.
808-322-6400
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Good for:
Casual Dining
Romance
Local cuisine
Outdoor seating
Special occasions

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Visitor rating
  • 71
    Excellent
  • 49
    Very good
  • 23
    Average
  • 15
    Poor
  • 15
    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
Love Kenichi's!

Get there at 5pm for happy hour specials as it does fill up most nights. You'll get a taste of the excellent food and drinks. Plenty more room in the dining area to relax over a wonderful meal. We love the molten lava cake for dessert!

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
Barbara B
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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Outdoor seating
  • Special occasions
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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173 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
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English first
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

Get there at 5pm for happy hour specials as it does fill up most nights. You'll get a taste of the excellent food and drinks. Plenty more room in the dining area to relax over a wonderful meal. We love the molten lava cake for dessert!

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Granite Bay, California
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Came for happy hour, which is very popular and crowded. Waited 40 min for table, which wasn't a big problem as we understood their space limit. Once in, tables cleared pretty fast as it was now near end of happy hour. Even now half empty, service was very slow and inattentive. Sushi was good, but probably not worth the long... More 

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Really friendly place. Ken is an amazing chef and restauranteur. His staff is outstanding. And above all the SUSHI is FANTASTIC!

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Phoenix, Arizona
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

We were going to try the Happy Hour but found that the wait was pretty long so opted for just dinner. Still had to wait since a large party was occupying most of the tables. We had heard this restaurant was amazing and it is really popular with tourists and locals alike. Apparently, the sushi is excellent evidenced by the... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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46 reviews 46 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Kenichi is a great choice for well-prepared food and great sushi and a great example of the fact that sometimes restaurants in shopping centers are first-rate. The service is attentive, the menu is strong and the quality of the food is very good. The restaurant has a calm and quiet atmosphere that makes it ideal for dinner with friends. You... More 

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Clayton, California
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195 reviews 195 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

We dropped in at Happy Hour and had a delightful meal. Kenichi roll, shrimp tempura roll, pork belly manapua, steamed vegetables, and Kirin beer was more than enough for the three of us. Each was delicious in it's own way. The pork belly manapua stood out for it's succulent meat and the soft fresh bun. I could easily order that... More 

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Colorado Rockies
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130 reviews 130 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Joined friends and had one of the sushi dishes (sorry, forget which) but loved it. Other guests satisfied, but pricey for what you get. Somebody could teach how to make a better Long island iced tea. Service on Saturday night left much to be desired - was slow and inattentive.

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Kailua Kona
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

Great food with even better service, always a go to place when we have friend on island for a visit.

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Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Great sushi and good Happy Hour. I loved the cold draft Kirin beer and the place is always full during happy hour.

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Pahoa, Hawaii
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103 reviews 103 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

On a recent weekend trip to Kona, we went to Kenichi with a friend. At 5:45pm the place was already packed and we didn’t have a reservation, oops! Magically, the lovely hostess found us a table for 3 out in the lanai. Ordering dinner, our friend - who is allergic to MSG - asked the waitress to check with the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Keahou Shopping Center, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 98626
    (Kamehameha III)
  • Public Transportation: Keauhou shuttle It's new, Open-Air 44seat trolley type shuttle. Between Keauhou and Kailua town eight times aday.
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Kailua-Kona
  • Phone Number: 808-322-6400

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 40
  • Cuisine: Japanese

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?