Best Hawaiian Poke
Yellowfin Ahi tuna has always been a gift from the pacific. Natives would take this gift and create poke to offer it to their family for nourishment. Poke means to cut or the art of cutting Ahi tuna. From the humble beginnings of taking sweet Maui onions, Hawaiian sea salt, limu, shoyu, and cubed-cut AAA grade Ahi Tuna, poke has evolved. Creative restaurateurs took this Hawaiian cultural dish and transformed it into the poke bowl to match our on-the-go life style. Poke bowls now have more complex secret and unique ingredients. Check out these new Oahu eateries
such as Ono Seafood, Da Hawaiian Poke Co, and Fresh Catch that amaze their patrons with innovative Ahi tuna creations!
- Ono Seafood
This off the beaten path or “hole-in-the-wall” has continuously ranked number 1 for Hawaiian poke on the island.
The flavors and freshness are amazingly noticeable. Their Shoyu Ahi, Spicy Ahi & Hawaiian Style poke classics are crowd pleasers. Make sure to get a taste of their Miso Ahi & Hawaiian Style Tako. And don’t be shy to try their Wasabi Ahi…even if you’re not a fan of the spicy kick that you tend to get with wasabi.
Finding Ono Seafood if a little tough, even though it’s off the main strip on Kapahulu Ave! It’s hard to spot, because it’s a tiny shop that resides in an apartment complex.
Finding it is one problem…parking is another. Be prepared to for the parking challenges. There is a full time attendant to help direct traffic, so Ono’s popularity doesn’t interrupt the residents.
Open Daily 7 AM to 6 PM, (closed on Tuesday)
747 Kapahulu Ave, Honolulu
Phone (808) 732-4806
2. Da Hawaiian Poke Co.
Is it possible to have two of the best Hawaiian Poke companies across the street from each other? That’s right, if you can’t manage to park in one of two parking spots at Ono Seafood’s, you might have better luck across the street in the Kapahulu Shopping Center.
Da Hawaiian Poke Company happens to be my favorite! I can’t get enough of their Spicy Ahi poke, Hawaiian style poke, and their Wasabi Furikake Salmon poke.
They also have some amazing sushi-bar-like creations. These creations include their “Spicy Ahi Bomb, Maine Lobster California Bowl, and the Shaka Bowl…that will have you throwing a shaka! Don’t forget to get a side of their special Blue Crab Potato Salad! But wait, there’s more! The onolicious factor also includes a few plate lunch items! Have you ever had an Ahi Loko Moko, a Seared Ahi Bibimbap, or Ahi Katsu? They also have a luau staple in the form of a Kalua Pork plate.
Open Daily from 10 AM to 8 PM
(closes at 7:00 PM on Sunday)
870 Kapahulu Ave
Phone (808) 425-4954
3. Fresh Catch
Guy Fieri with Travel Channel’s foodie said it best…“I could eat bucketfuls of this stuff”. You can’t beat the freshness and poke variety that Fresh Catch offers. They have three locations including one close to Waikiki! I’d advise vising all 3 spots if you have time…but that’s just because I love the stuff!
You will be amazed and maybe even a bit overwhelmed trying to select from their 30 different styles of poke! Fresh Catch has some tempting plate lunches, creative sandwiches, weekly chef specials, slow smoked meats, and sashimi platters to choose from as well!
Chef Reno takes pride in selecting his fish from the local market. He perfects his poke with local style sauces to give each creation a unique taste. Local favorites include Ahi & Ahu Poke, Smoked Tako, Kimchee Topshell, and Fireball Ahi Poke!
I recommend showing up hungry!
Still have room for dessert? The owner’s wife, Mahea makes homemade Red Velvet Cupcakes.
Open Daily 10 AM to 7:30 PM
( closes 5:00 PM on Sunday)
3109 Waialae Ave,
Phone (808) 735-7653
As long as the Pacific continues to provide Hawaii with a sustainable source of yellowfin ahi tuna, we will see both new and older restaurants rising to new poke heights. Let the journey begin. Have fun tasting your way to the best Hawaiian poke!