Poke in Hawaii: Options for Kauai, Maui and Oahu

Poke in Hawaii: Options for Kauai, Maui and Oahu

July 26, 2017 Indulge 0

Pipikaula, tako, and ahi poke from Tamura’s

Poke (poh-kay) is one of my favorite things to eat and it’s especially good in Hawaii.  While it’s usually served as an appetizer, you can make it part of a meal with sides, such as rice and seaweed salad (poke bowl). If you’re not familiar with poke, it’s a type of raw fish salad. The most common type usually has tuna with soy sauce, limu seaweed, sesame oil, and onion.

Poke on Maui and Oahu:

Poke at Tamura’s

Tamura’s Fine Wines and Liquors:

Tamura’s is a chain of family-owned markets with locations on Oahu and Maui that are recognized for their poke bar and also having a great selection of snacks, liquors, wine, and beer. While it feels like you are entering a convenience/liquor store, a quick walk around and you’ll be amazed at the wide range of local and international products available. When we’re in Hawaii, we always make sure to pick up poke to take with us to eat at the beach or at the hotel for a casual lunch or dinner.

Poke at Tamura’s

Most of the poke at Tamura’s is fresh, not frozen like other places and the prices are very reasonable.  We usually get 2 types of tuna, 1 type of tako and some pipikaula (Hawaiian dish that’s salted dried beef, similar to beef jerky).

  • Rating: 20/20 – We would visit again.

  • Quality: 5 –  Excellent

  • Quantity: 5 – Excellent

  • Service: 5 – Excellent

  • Location/Atmosphere: 5 – Excellent

Tamura’s has numerous locations on Maui and Oahu.

For more information: http://www.tamurasfinewine.com/about/

Ono Seafood:

Ono Seafood Menu

Ono Seafood Menu

If you’re looking for something closing to Waikiki, Ono Seafoods is a great option on Oahu. This hole-in-the-wall family poke shop is popular with locals and tourists; you can either get take-out for a beach picnic or enjoy your poke at the table in the front. The fresh poke menu is pretty straight-forward; either ahi tuna or tako (octopus) is seasoned with shoyu, miso, spicy, wasabi or Haw’n Style. If you don’t like really salty and slightly fishy taste, we would recommend avoiding the poke with “limu”, which is a strong-tasting seaweed. In addition to the poke, they have sides on the cooler like pickled mango, kimchi, rice, seaweed salad and other items.

Selection of poke and pickled mango from Ono

Selection of poke and pickled mango from Ono

  • Rating: 20/20 – We would visit again.

  • Quality: 5 –  Excellent

  • Quantity: 5 – Excellent

  • Service: 5 – Excellent

  • Location/Atmosphere: 5 – Excellent

  • For more information: https://www.yelp.com/biz/ono-seafood-honolulu

Poke on Kauai:

Koloa Fish Market

While they don’t have a Tamura’s in Kauai, we found Koloa Fish Market, a small market that offers poke and other Hawaiian foods to go. Similar to Tamura’s, this is small family owned business and the poke is mostly fresh, not frozen and made daily. We liked all the poke we tried but it was really the tako that we enjoyed the most. Compared to other tako poke we had, the one at Koloa Fish Market is sliced super thin and this makes it very tender. This place is cash only and there at ATMs within walking distance.

Poke and prepared foods at the Koloa Fish Market

  • Rating: 20/20 – We would visit again.

  • Quality: 5 –  Excellent

  • Quantity: 5 – Excellent

  • Service: 5 – Excellent

  • Location/Atmosphere: 5 – Excellent

For more information: https://www.facebook.com/Koloa-Fish-Market-Inc-115579701800890/

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