Paul John's side bowed at the Bowl semi-final stage in the Wellington Sevens.
Wales bowed out of a disappointing Herts Sevens tournament in New Zealand when Kenya dumped them out of the Bowl at the semi-final stage.
Paul John's men picked up five points from the tournament to slip down the overall rankings one place to eighth while New Zealand top the table on 73 points after beating closest rivals Fiji 24-7 to retain their Wellington title and take an outright lead in the HSBC Sevens World Series after four of nine rounds.
Having been knocked out of the main draw on day one, Wales were hopeful of a successful Bowl campaign on day two.
Wales edged a tense quarter final against United States with tries by Matthew Pewtner and Kristian Phillips securing passage to the semi finals with a 10-0 victory.
But Kenya, who are slowly getting back to the type of form which made them such dangerous opponents a couple of years ago, brushed Wales aside 17-7 in the semi-final to end any hopes of silverware for the men in red.
Kenya scored two tries in the first half through Sidney Ashioya and Leon Adonga with Nato Linus Simiyu adding a conversion to put the Africans firmly in control at 12-0.
Wales battled back in the second half with Pewtner racing over with Alex Walker adding the extras. With Wales slowly but surely getting back into the game, Kenya took the sting out of the comeback with Simiyu knocking over a penalty to guide Kenya to a 17-7 win.
The Kenyans went on to win the Bowl final against Australia to claim their biggest haul of points in the series so far (8) while Wales were left to lick their wounds as they focus on the next leg in Las Vegas next week.
All roads lead to Cardiff on Sunday for the SSE SWALEC Finals Day at the Millennium Stadium. Cambrian Welfare tackle Ystradgynlais in the Bowl final, Ystrad Rhondda play Newcastle Emlyn in the Plate final while defending champions Pontypridd face Bridgend in the Cup final.
WRU Chief Executive Roger Lewis, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism Ken Skates and WRU Chairman Gareth Davies earlier this week launched a new competition in conjunction with the WRU unveiling its archive room.
Welsh players and management joined Deputy Minister for Sport Ken Skates at the Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay earlier this week to reveal the Union's pioneering school-club hub initiative has been so successful the project will now almost double the scale of the original project.
The Scarlets, Newport Gwent Dragons, Cardiff Blues and the Ospreys look ahead to Judgement Day III which sees the Blues take on the Ospreys (2.30) and the Dragons tackle the Scarlets (4.45pm) at the Millennium Stadium tomorrow afternoon.
Ystradgynlais and Ynysddu played out a titanic struggle at Taffs Well in the SSE SWALEC Bowl semi-final. At the end of the game neither team could be separated after a 15-15 stalemate but Ystradgynlais go through on try count.
Blues strike first in JD III battle - Newport Gwent Dragons lock Andrew Coombs, WRU referee Dylan Llyr Jones and Cardiff Blues hooker Matthew Rees decide dressing room allocations for Judgement Day III
Wales Under 18 captain Calum Haggett has received a conditional offer to read Biomedical Science at St Anne's College, Oxford. WRU chairman Gareth Davies went to meet Calum and Coleg y Cymoedd Principal Judith Evans to wish him luck in his exams and pass on some of his personal experience.