Nakoa Pabre owner Umekes Kona a Kailua-Kona resident has been able to take a traditional Hawaii preparation in food and transform it into a type of haute cuisine. This local-style and new poke lunch eatery, Pabre, is constantly creating and playing around with new mixtures. He never compromises on the actual integrity of the dishes. Pabre aged 35, was a journeyman plumber for over 11 years. He then decided to leave the comforts of his trade and focus all his energy into poke. He states that the reaction he gets from satisfied customers is what makes the whole journey worthwhile. To leave the braggin in the bowl Pabre has won the annual Sam Choy Poke Competition two years in a row both overall winner and category winner for both 2013 and 2014 and had the Food Network come visit his Poke Eatery and film him in action. Chef Nakoa Pabre has a special gift and knack for putting together spices, herbs and secret sauces to come up with some winning tastes that sets his Poke apart from others. And they haven’t named him the Prince of Poke for nothing!