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Supermarket in Kauai for best Ahi Poke

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Just wonder if any foodies know which supermarket should I go to get some good Ahi Poke in Kauai? I prefer somewhere close to Princeville if possible.

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  1. Not near Princeville, but the Costco in Lihue has some pretty good ahi poke.

    1. Not especially close to Princeville, but Kilauea Fish Market gets ono poke. Big Save gets good too most times. In Old Koloa Town the little fish market there is good.

      1. Well Foodland is right there, but Costco is better, just a long ways away. Safeway in Kapa'a is okay.

        1. The best place for poke in all of Kauai is on the opposite side of the island in Waimea town called Ishihara market. You need to try their Hawaiian and wasabi poke. If you have means of cooking you should also buy a pound or two of sweet kauai shrimp for dinner. Ishihara market was where we use to go when we cut school during high school. If you want someplace closer Pono market in Kapaa is close second for poke and great plate lunch.

          1. The market behind the Hanalei Dolphin restaurant is convenient to Princeville.


            Hanalei Dolphin Restaurant
            5 5016 Kuhio Hwy, Hanalei, HI

            1. Foodland Princeville has added a poke bar in the deli area sometime in the past year, and it's a big upgrade from their previous prepackaged selection. 8-12 types, mostly ahi with a few tako, including some novel and pretty unappetizing-looking offerings like "California roll poke" and "spicy Thai mayo." The limu and shoyu were both fresh and surprisingly good for supermarket fare, and well-priced at $8.98/lb (on sale this week).

              It's near the end of the deli section next to the sushi counter.

              1. On the north coast, we've tried poke (all standard issue ahi poke) from:

                Foodland in Princeville
                Big Save in Hanalei (packed in trays to the back, mostly previously frozen)
                Hanalei Dolphin Fish Market
                Kilauea Fish Market

                The two fish markets are about twice as expensive as the supermarkets, but they use fresh, not pre-frozen, fish and the taste is noticeably better. Both had ahi poke in the $17 to $19 / lb range. I don't remember how much Big Save's poke was, but Foodland's was about $8.50 / lb. Foodland's poke was pretty fibrous and stringy, and it was very strongly flavored with green and white onions, red pepper -- mostly enjoyable, but if you're buying good quality fish, you don't want the added flavors to be so strong.

                Hanalei Dolphin Restaurant
                5 5016 Kuhio Hwy, Hanalei, HI

                1. IMO the best place is Ishihara, but that's all the way in Waimea. I don't care for the poke at Kilauea fish market or Hanalei Dolphin- not as tasty and too expensive. I'd stop at Pono Market if you need something kind of close to Pville.

                  Hanalei Dolphin Restaurant
                  5 5016 Kuhio Hwy, Hanalei, HI