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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
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 74
    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
Interesting and Popular

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 12, 2015
ECO1995
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Phoenix, Arizona
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
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176 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Any
English first
Phoenix, Arizona, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 via mobile

My boyfriend and I love coming here. We come at least once a month. It's a little on the pricey side but we feel it is worth it. Always pleased. Best steak in town! Haha the sushi is great too. Never lets us down on the food. Staff is always friendly. Only been disappointed with service once but still had... More 

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Kealakekua, Hawaii
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37 reviews 37 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

We visited the Big Island for decades and now live on the island. We ate at Kenichi's on each trip here and now it's a weekly visit. It is a bit pricey as most good restaurants are on Hawaii, but worth the cost and very affordable if you go at 5 PM during Happy Hour in the bar. We enjoy... More 

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Swan Lake, Montana
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015 via mobile

This place was recommended to us by a local & we were very pleased with everything from the food to the staff. I recommend sitting at the sushi bar & watching.

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

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
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47 reviews 47 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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
62 reviews 62 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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51 reviews 51 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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216 reviews 216 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 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
78 helpful votes 78 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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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: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic
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?