The magnificent white-sand beaches, scenic mountains, steep valleys and vivid city life, Hawaii is undoubtedly a heaven on earth. Did you know on an average, 242,629 people visit Hawaii per day?


Not only Hawaii is a fascinating vacation destination, but it is also renowned for its seafood recipes inspired from Europe, South Asia, and just about everywhere. 

Like our American ancestors, the native Hawaiians also share a special bond with the sea. Fish and seafood have always been integral to the traditional Hawaiian diet from immemorial. 

Today, we’ll take you on a tour to unveil the originating roots of Poke. It is a traditional Hawaiian dish, served in restaurants and eateries worldwide in an assortment of recipe variations.

History of Hawaiian Poke- Where Did Poke Originate?


The term “Poke” translates to “Cut Crosswise Into Pieces,” as fishermen then used to catch raw fish, criss-cross cut into small pieces, then sprinkle salt and other common kitchen ingredients before consuming it as a quick, healthy snack. 

Most American historians agree on one thing: in the 1960s and 70s, the word poke had no existence.

Before the arrival of Western travellers, the natives of Hawaii used the sea as their refrigerator. 

Wherever they were hungry, they went to the Pacific Ocean to catch raw reef fish and prepared fresh meals by slicing, adding salt, Limu, and crushed Kukui nuts. And, this is the“Original Poke Recipe.”

Why Are The Poke Bowls So Popular Everywhere?

  • You Can Have It as a Starter or a Main Course
  • It Is a Healthy Recipe With Rich Vitamins, Minerals, and Fatty Acids 
  • The Variations Are Literally Infinite
  • You Can Easily Make It at Home

The poke recipe is a staple ocean meal because of the easy availability of ahi and is a rich source of calories & nutritions. 

How and When Poke Dish Become a Part of the Global Cuisine

The worldwide popularity of Hawaiian poke is probably linked to the freedom of selection of ingredients. Instead of traditional grey reef fish, the world accepted poke with ahi (tuna) meat as the main constituent.

Role of Sam Choy– An American Chef, Restaurateur, and Television Personality

Sam Choy is believed to have presented the Hawaiian Poke to the people of the United States of America. In the 1970s, he was an integral figure of the International Hawaii Regional Cuisine Movement. 

Choy also launched the famous Hawaiian poke contest in 1991 that hosted a myriad of recipes across Hawaii. These recipes used filleted and skinned raw fish garnished with roasted kukui nut, seaweed, and Hawaiian salt. 

With each passing year, the poke contest continued to be a crowd-puller annual event inspiring home cooks and chefs across the globe to display their creative side. 

By the year 2012, even the mainland of the United States embraced poke dishes.

There are a number of restaurants in Dearborn offering both authentic and modern iterations of poke dishes. The variations in style include : –

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  • Ponzu Sauce
  • Mushrooms
  • Avocado
  • Cucumber
  • Pickled Jalapeno
  • Teriyaki Sauce
  • Crispy Onions
  • Pineapple

And, Many More Options!


We are a top restaurant in Dearborn serving authentic poke dishes fast—with fresh ingredients, bold flavours, and unbeatable taste. Order online to celebrate a Hawaiian themed romantic evening with your soulmate.