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A food and restaurant review through the eyes of a 13 year old and his family.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Da Poke Shack - March 2013 part 2 - The Big Island, Hawaii

During my spring break (March 2013), my family and I were lucky enough to go back to The Big Island of Hawaii. As soon as I got off the plane I got a craving for poke. If you don't know what poke is, I can explain it to you. 

Poke, or Poke Salad is made of raw Ahi or yellowfin tuna. It is then cubed up and mixed with: seasoning, sauce, and other native things like Kukui Nut or Hawaiian avocado. One of my all time favorite restaurants ever is Da Poke Shack.  It is located on the south end of Kona downtown kind of off the beat and path.  It is a very  small place with a few tables outside.  I say small, but the food quality is huge.  It's more of a to-go place.  My parents took me there shortly after we landed.  I tried all 5 poke flavors which were; Dynamite (Avocado aioli), Pele's kiss (spicy sauce), Shoyu, Sesame, and Honey soy sauce. My favorite was Pele's kiss because it was spicy. Overall, this is one of my favorite restaurants. I really like raw fish and sushi. Da Poke Shack also has some pretty killer Kalua Pork. As far as kid friendly, may not be the best unless you have an adventurous eater.  My sister actually had the Kalua Pork bowl over rice and loved it!  My dad had the same (because he's not a raw fish fan) and also loved it. He said it was some of the best Kalua pork he had ever had. My mom and I feasted on poke and it was the best. They also have the option of white rice or brown rice, homemade kimchi and seaweed salad. 

They serve beer and soda as well as Hawaiian juice like guava and P-O-G (Passsion Orange Guava) juice.

Service: *****
Food: *****+
Price: $$+
Kid Friendly: **
Ambience: **


  1. Looks great! I wish I'd been in Hawaii!! Clark

  2. Hey Clark!

    Save up your money and come with us next time. Da Poke Shack is the best.