Guide to Hawaii’s Best Poke
Don’t miss this local specialty
When visiting the big island of Hawaii, you must try one of the local specialties, poke. At its simplest, it’s dices of raw and marinated fish. It can come in assorted flavors, but try the classic – made with tuna, soy sauce, sea salt, green onions, Maui onions and limu – first before venturing on. Below, three beloved poke spots you shouldn’t miss.
Hale I’A Da Fish House
This unassuming spot is easy to miss if you’re not paying attention. The fish is super fresh, and caught daily by local fishermen. The assorted pokes come with rice and a choice of side – which are rotated daily and displayed on the bottom shelf of the display.
Da Poke Shack
You’ll find this popular spot by driving along Ali’i Drive. The poke here is a little different from the standard versions, as the fish is cut into smaller pieces and also comes in original flavors like spicy garlic sesame and dynamite with avocado.
This beloved restaurant isn’t afraid to get a little creative with its poke. Need proof? It’s won the Sam Choy Poke Contest for two years in a row. Even the sides dishes are unique, as evidenced by the Hoio salad made of fern shoots and Pipikaula (salted, dried beef).