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Supermarket in Kauai for best Ahi Poke

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fatbully Aug 28, 2011 02:38 PM

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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    Mag454 Oct 14, 2011 07:23 PM

    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.

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    Hanalei Dolphin Restaurant
    5 5016 Kuhio Hwy, Hanalei, HI

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      michelleats Oct 14, 2011 11:58 AM

      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.

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      Hanalei Dolphin Restaurant
      5 5016 Kuhio Hwy, Hanalei, HI

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        Pius Avocado III Sep 26, 2011 07:06 PM

        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.

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          Pius Avocado III Aug 30, 2011 09:45 AM

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

          http://www.hanaleidolphin.com/hanalei...

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          Hanalei Dolphin Restaurant
          5 5016 Kuhio Hwy, Hanalei, HI

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            bobbykauaiboy Aug 28, 2011 10:07 PM

            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. scottca075 Aug 28, 2011 09:45 PM

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

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                kaleokahu Aug 28, 2011 08:21 PM

                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.

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                  gator28 Aug 28, 2011 06:45 PM

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

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