You’ll find plenty of unique and delicious food in Hawaiʻi, and poke is a stand-out favorite among visitors and residents alike.
What is poke? Traditionally, it involves cutting up raw fish and mixing it with ingredients like sea salt, limu (edible algae, mosses, and more that acted as a condiment in the Hawaiian diet), plus ʻinamona (roasted and chopped kukui nuts).
In fact, the recipe is right in the name! In Hawaiian, poke means “to slice, to cut crosswise into pieces.”
But before we dive in, let’s make sure you’re pronouncing poke correctly with a little help from Malu States. In short, remember that an E in Hawaiian is pronounced –ay, so poke rhymes with okay. Avoid the common mispronunciation “po-key” at all costs!
Although a number of poke shops have popped up all over the mainland, there’s no better place to eat poke than its traditional home: Hawaiʻi. Everyone’s got their favorite poke shop, and we’re going to show you ours on Oʻahu. We’ll include spots in Waikīkī and Honolulu, but we won’t stop there. So if you don’t feel like driving into town, we’ve got you covered.