Pokē is the traditional Hawaiian verb for "section" or "to slice or cut". Today, Poke refers to a modern local food favorite. Similar to ceviche or carpaccio, from other parts of the world, Poke most commonly consists of raw, seasoned ahi (tuna). The fresh, raw tuna is cubed, then mixed with a variety of seasonings.
The most popular seasoning options include (but, are not limited too...) the following:
- Hawaiian Salt
- Limu (local seaweed)
- Green and/or White Onion
- Shoyu (soy sauce)
- Inamona (crushed Kukui nut)
- Sesame Oil
- Crushed Chilli Pepper
Poke can be made from ingredients other than tuna, as well. Other popular varieties of Hawaiian Poke include:
- Tako (octopus or He'e in Hawaiian language) Poke
- Ika Poke (cuttlefish)
- Pipikaula Poke (seasoned dried beef)
- Marlin (A'u in Hawaiian language) Poke
- Mussel Poke
Most locals in the Hawaiian Islands have their favorite "Poke Spots". Here at Private Tours Hawaii, two of our top local places for Hawaiian Poke is Ono Hawaiian Seafood in Kapahulu and Da Pokeman Fish Market in Wahiawa.