In Hawaii, poi is usually pale-purple in color and often consumed "day old" style. This is an alternative to fresh poi that offers a slightly sour taste. Poi is sometimes bland and can be mixed with salted fish to balance the flavor. Many local Hawaiian restaurants and luaus serve traditional poi.
An associate researcher at the University of Hawai'i, Alvin Huang, asserts that if a person substitutes his daily carbohydrate intake with poi he would probably lose weight in the thighs.