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stevied317 Aug 13, 2007 05:14 PM

My wife and I eat poke constantly when in honolulu, and we always enjoy Star Markets selection--good, fresh, and reasonable. Does anyone have personal favorites or other suggestions? Thanks!

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    elinw Sep 4, 2007 06:51 PM

    I've been eating poke constantly since moving here. Most of these are repeats, except for number 3. Here are my favorites:

    1) Ft. Ruger on Alohea. Made fresh to order and you can customize what you want (ahi with: maui onion, green onion, shoyu, sesame, limu, hawaiian salt). so fresh its the best.

    2) Tamashiro's (on King): especially the tahitian kind which has coconut milk in it -- very nice and different. I think the fish is a type of snapper in this kind.

    3) 21 Mart (school street in kalihi, just diamond of houghtailing): you'd never know a place like this would have such good poke. Like Ft. Ruger's also made to order and very fresh.

    4) Tamura's (on Waialae): sort of like upscale poke, with some interesting creative fusion like jalapeno poke.

    5) Marukai (next to Ward center): very good quality and great selection.

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      MobyRichard Sep 5, 2007 07:38 AM

      Marukai is a membership store, however.

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        Clinton Sep 5, 2007 08:48 AM

        I like the poke at Don Quixote (aka former Daiei). No membership required and I believe the prices are a little cheaper?

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        Clinton Aug 29, 2007 06:31 PM

        I usually go to the Ala Moana Farmer's Market across the street from the Ward Warehouse on Kaheka. Recently, Marukai swallowed up a lot of the stalls on the Ewa side which sold Hawaiian foods but there are still a few left. You can still get inamona (roasted kukui nut) and limu there to make your own poke. Don Quixote (formerly Daiei) has a good selection of poke and good sushi to go.

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          artemis Aug 14, 2007 05:40 PM

          take a look at uncle's in pier 38. though i didn't try it myself, it looked great and was under $6 for a very large portion.

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            kainoa Aug 16, 2007 08:40 PM

            A friend just turned me on to Golden Mart in Mililani. Super ono poke.

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            UES Mayor Aug 14, 2007 05:49 AM

            I always go to the fish market next to Marukai across from Ward Warehouse-you can also get good selection of other local foods.

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              alan_maona Aug 13, 2007 08:23 PM

              My two faves are Tamashiro's (they usually have 'o'io, a favorite of mine) and Tamura's in Kaimuki (any of the ahi pokes, and a killer jalapeno pipikaula). I've also heard great things about the Poke Stop [http://www.hawaiidiner.com/restaurant...] in Waipahu but haven't made it out there.

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                Debbie M Aug 14, 2007 02:27 PM

                I also hear great things about Poke Stop. I attempted to make it out there in June by bus, but, between the excrutiatingly long route of the 42 (it stops everywhere!), and bad advice from a fellow passenger causing me to get off at the wrong stop, to continue on would have cut it too close to dinner, when I was meeting up with my cousins. So, I turned around and headed back to Honolulu.

                But come Labor Day week, I will make it out there!

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                  KaimukiMan Aug 14, 2007 02:34 PM

                  Yeah, thats a long way out there by bus!
                  Poke Stop
                  94-050 Farrington Highway E4
                  Waipahu, HI 96797

              2. KaimukiMan Aug 13, 2007 05:48 PM

                Ruger Market down the street from Diamond Head Theatre used to be very well known for their poke (alohea street?). Most of the foodland's have good poke as well. Some people like the poke at the ward "farmer's market", some don't. the posts above are right on the mark as well.

                I remember many years ago had parents of friends visiting the island, so we did the circle island tour. We stopped in foodland at Sunset Beach to grab a quick snack... don't remember what they got, but i picked up some tako poke. They kept staring at it and finally Mrs. Tourist said... well, I'm always telling my kids to try things... that was the last bite of poke I got. We had to go back to foodland to try at least three other types. They went home a week later loving poke, sushi, sashimi... much to the amusement of my friends.

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                  cowfish Aug 16, 2007 02:08 PM

                  I second the Ruger Market recommendation. I especially like their tako poke. Also, Yama's has good poke and hawaiian food.

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                  curiousgeo Aug 13, 2007 05:24 PM

                  Yama's in Moiliili, Tamashiro's in Kapalama and Tanioka's in Waipahu are three that come to mind that are popular with locals.

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                    stevied317 Aug 13, 2007 05:28 PM

                    We've tried Tamashiro's and it was very good too. Like most places in Honolulu, you'd drive right by it if you didn't know about it. Quite a typical "hole in the wall" on Oahu!

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                    MobyRichard Aug 13, 2007 05:16 PM

                    Not sure this qualifies, but I love the kim chee shrimp at the Beretania Street Foodland.

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