spicy tuna furikake bowl at Kauai Poke Co

Kauai Poke Co.

Kauai Poke Co.Kauai Poke Co. is a fantastic food truck, featuring authentic, mouthwatering dishes focused on delicious fresh fish. 

The History of Poke

Poke is a dish first created in Hawaii, and very important to Hawaiian culture. Fish has always been a key part of the Hawaiian diet. Traditionally, Polynesian fishermen would cut reef fish into chunks, then season it with salt, seaweed, and ground kukui tree nuts. In the 1970s came the first written recipes for poke, a phrase meaning “to cut into pieces”. Poke has spread quickly to other cultures, producing different variations on flavors and ingredients. However, traditional poke is nothing like the mainland bowls in the contiguous United States– those bowls are full of rice or other grains, with an assortment of vegetable toppings and a very small serving of fish. Authentic poke is all about the fish and its quality. It is cooked in a specific way, using specific seasoning and oils and methods to bring out a rich depth of flavor. One of the biggest advocates of Hawaiian poke is Sam Choy, an island native and renowned chef. Known as Hawaii’s culinary ambassador, Choy has participated in Kauai poke festivals and shown live demonstrations of how the classic dish should be prepared.  

spicy tuna furikake bowl at Kauai Poke Co

Furikake spicy ahi poke bowl at Kauai Poke Co.

The Menu

Kauai Poke Co. provides an authentic Hawaiian experience. All their bowls are made with 100% fresh ahi tuna and daily made sushi rice. They have a selection of unique options, including the “plantation poke bowl” featuring inamona nuts and kabayaki, their spicy bowl with Japanese kewpie poke, and another spicy bowl starring furikake. They also have gluten-free and vegetarian/vegan options, utilizing fried tofu, sweet potatoes, and local greens and veggies. 

Kauai Poke Co. also offers scrumptious appetizers, such as furikake fries or shrimp tempura, and plates, such as fried ahi katsu, smoked kalua pork, Korean chicken, and more. 

Located at 3540 Koloa Road, Kauai Poke Co. is open Tuesday to Saturday from 11am-2pm. You can even call or text in your orders: (808) 652-5767. It’s a wonderful way to experience the rich (and delicious) history of Hawaiian cuisine.  

Poipu Village Shopping Center open air marketplace and restaurants

Poipu Village Shopping Center

If you want a relaxing place to discover local Hawaiian stores and eats, visit Poipu Village Shopping Center. Nestled in the midst of dense garden foliage, this shopping center is home to unique shops selling artisan goods, art, and clothing, as well as award winning restaurants. The center even provides authentic live entertainment!

Poipu Village Shopping Center open air marketplace and restaurants

Poipu Village Shopping Center is a lovely open-air marketplace of shops and restaurants

Shopping

Poipu Village features a wide array of stores that specialize in local goods. If you’re looking for a fine selection of locally crafted art, clothing, jewelry, home decor, and more, check out By The Sea or Elephant Walk

Ready to get out on the water? Honolua Surf Co. is a trusty place to go for high-quality items. Beloved among all the Hawaiian islands, Honolua Surf Co. has been around since 1996, and sells a range of beach and surf sports products to enhance your ocean experience. And speaking of the ocean, Making Waves offers Hawaii’s largest collection of swimwear! 

There’s plenty of other unique shops to enjoy, such as Crazy Shirts– they sell t-shirts and boast “original designs and the warm spirit of aloha”. Cariloha Bamboo sells only bamboo products! Their clothing, bedding, towels, jewelry, hats, and more are all made from solely bamboo blends. You’ll be blown away by Na Hoku’s fine jewelry– Na Hoku is Hawaiian for “stars”, and this store seeks to capture “the essence of Hawaiian lifestyle and tradition” through awe-inspiring craftsmanship. And don’t forget about Whaler’s General Store, the perfect place to get souvenirs, snacks, sunscreen, and whatever other odds and ends you need for your visit. 

Dining

This shopping center has quite a few dining options, from casual to sit-down. 

french toast plate at Anuenue Cafe in Poipu

French toast plate at Anuenue Cafe

Anuenue Cafe offers a wide variety of Kauai breakfast options in partnership with different local companies, each with their own speciality– granola, meat, mushrooms, Kauai shrimp, local produce, and even coffee roasters. 

Feast on Italian cuisine at Pietro’s Pizza e Pasta, or stop by Island Taco for a quick bite with Hawaiian flavors. You can get a creamy treat at Papalani’s Gelato, and find authentic Thai at Bangkok Happy Bowl

If you’re looking for something delicious to sip on while you shop, Kauai Juice Co. specializes in cold pressed juices and organic kombucha. They also offer grab and go food, nitro coffee, supplements, and other options to promote a healthy lifestyle. 

For sit-down meals, Keoki’s Paradise and Poipu Rock n’ Roll Sushi are both all about the experience. Keoki’s is a tropical oasis featuring traditional and island favorites. Rock n’ Roll Sushi is Koloa’s premier fresh sushi bar. Both restaurants offer live music and/or entertainment, and great specialty drinks! 

Poipu Village Shopping Center free hula shows

Hula dancers perform at weekly free hula shows

Activities

The Village Market is hosted at Poipu Village the first and third Tuesday every month from 3:30-6:00pm. This market offers a variety of locally grown vegetables, fruits, and even tropical flowers, as well as handmade crafts and baked goods. 

Poipu Village also puts on a free authentic Hula show with live Hawaiian music every Monday and Thursday at 5:00pm. Hula takes the audience on a journey through Hawaiian history and tradition through song, dance, and stories.

NOTE: Be sure to confirm before going that the places listed above are still open, in the same location, or that any times listed are still accurate.

poipu tropical hawaiian restaurant

Keoki’s Paradise

Keoki’s Paradise is the perfect place for a fun family dinner! Experience this tropical oasis, whether it’s for a special celebration, or just for a memorable meal. 

poipu tropical hawaiian restaurant

The Atmosphere 

The open-air jungle setting of Keoki’s Paradise takes you right to the heart of lush Kauai. The restaurant is full of native flora and fauna, trickling streams, and palm trees swaying in the breeze. During the evening, you’ll dine under the light of tiki torches, and enjoy live Hula shows, where dancers show guests Hawaiian myths and stories through graceful dancing and hand movement. If you’re a morning person, catch the sunrise on Poipu Beach, then walk right over to Keoki’s afterwards for scrumptious Hawaiian brunch! There’s also live music on weekends, playing Hawaiian classics for you to get out on the floor and dance to. 

The Menu

If you’re looking to grab a quick drink, stop by the Bamboo Bar. It serves casual fare and hosts a daily Happy Hour (or Aloha Hour) from 3-5pm and 9:30-10:30pm. Sip on tropical drinks, speciality cocktails, wine by the glass, and draft beer specials. If you’re looking for a sit-down meal in a beautiful setting, make a reservation for dine-in. For your meal, enjoy Hawaiian, Polynesian, and American cuisine. Keoki’s specializes in fresh, local seafood and steaks, and offers a variety of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options. They pride themselves on their relationships with local farmers, ranchers, and fishermen to obtain fresh ingredients for their delightfully crafted dishes.

The History

In 1977, Rob Thibaut and Sandy Saxten created TS Restaurants, a now well-known Hawaiian company that started out with the goal of creating wonderful atmospheres: making restaurants about more than just the meal. TS Restaurants has produced a variety of restaurants loved by locals and visitors alike, such as Jake’s, Duke’s, Sunnyside Lodge, Leilani’s, and Kimo’s. All TS Restaurants have their own unique feel and flair, but with the same high quality. Keoki’s Paradise was created in 1986, and remains a favorite location for many. 

Keoki's famous Hula Pie dessert

Keoki’s Paradise famous Hula Pie is a fun dessert to share

Keoki’s Paradise is a wonderful place to sit back and relax with family and friends, whether it’s a simple weekend get-together, or hosting a big celebration. Make your reservations today to enjoy a fantastic experience that goes far beyond the delicious food! 

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