Poke: All About Hawaii’s Popular Dish and Where to Eat It on Maui

Posted on: January 20, 2024

In the culinary tapestry of Hawaii, few dishes capture the essence of the islands quite like poke. This delectable dish has not only become a staple in Hawaiian cuisine but has also gained global popularity for its fresh, flavorful, and customizable nature. Join us on a journey into the world of poke as we explore its origins and what makes it so special. Plus we’ve got tips on where to find the best poke bowls on the islands. 

Origins of Poke 

Pronounced “poh-keh,” this Hawaiian dish has a history as vibrant and diverse as the islands themselves. Traditionally, poke was a simple and practical dish prepared by fishermen using the day’s catch. The term “poke” means to slice or cut crosswise into pieces, a fitting description for the dish composed of marinated raw fish, seaweed, and other flavorful ingredients. Over the years, poke has evolved from a humble snack to a culinary sensation. It has even captured the hearts and taste buds of locals and millions of visitors alike. 

What is Poke? 

At its core, poke contains small pieces of raw fish, seasoned with soy sauce, sesame oil, green onions, and other ingredients. The result is a refreshing and savory dish that highlights the natural flavors of the fish. Modern variations of poke include an array of bases, toppings, and sauces, allowing for endless customization to suit individual preferences. 

A poke bowl filled with bright and fresh ingredients.

Where to Get the Best Poke 

When it comes to savoring the best poke in Hawaii, the options are abundant. Here are a few of our recommendations:  

Enjoying a local Maui poke bowl with a glass of wine. Sushi rolls can be seen in the background.

As you navigate the culinary landscape of Hawaii, don’t miss the opportunity to indulge in the flavors of poke. Whether you opt for a classic preparation or an inventive twist, the essence of this dish remains rooted in the Hawaiian experience.  

As you embark on this culinary journey, consider making your Hawaii experience complete by staying at Wailea Ekahi Village. Experience a vacation destination that feels like home and complements your exploration of Hawaii’s rich culinary traditions. Visit our website to book your stay and reach out with any questions. Your unforgettable poke-filled adventure awaits – let Wailea Ekahi Village be the starting point for an extraordinary Hawaiian experience. Aloha and happy eating!