Umekes Kailua-Kona Poke Bowls 808 with Grilled Ahi
Umekes Kailua-Kona Poke Bowls Are Real Hawaiian Ahi Poke Bowls created by Real Hawaiian Chef
Umekes Kailua-Kona Poke Bowls

Umekes Kailua-Kona Poke Bowls Are Real Hawaiian Ahi Poke Bowls created by Real Hawaiian Chef

Look it’s Umekes Kailua-Kona Poke Bowls full of onolicious delicious and to some mysterious delights! For some it’s a culinary mystery especially those who are visitors to this Hawaiian paradise and very often difficult to say correctly. Poke (It is pronounced POH-keh).

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These Kailua-Kona Poke Bowl gems have been staples for centuries in the Hawaiian islands and there is a trend that is now a must have food trend. Fueled by some of the best local Kailua-Kona Poke chefs such as Sam Choy and Nakoa Pabre of Umekes Poke Shop in Kona, Hawaii.  Umekes Poke Eatery in Kailua-Kona Hawaii has been a leader of creating culinary poke recipes that are creating a type of haute cuisine that is really sweeping the local and national food scenes as a trendy yet healthy, delicious food that is equally tasty as it is good for those watching their weight!


So how do you create your own very delicious true Hawaiian Ahi Poke bowl of raw or grilled (pulehu) tastiness? In order to find out what a professional  real Hawaiian style version of an Ahi Poke Bowl should contain,  we went to Kailua-Kona’s own Prince of Poke, owner of Umekes Kailua-Kona Poke Shop and winner of Sam Choy’s Poke competition two years running 2013 and 2014, Chef Nakoa Pabre. Chef Pabre has opened up 3 Kailua-Kona Poke eateries and has brought his unique Poke recipes to them all with such over whelming response that he is pushing the local palates of his customers to appreciate new and unusual flavors….


So we begin with the foundation of a real Hawaiian style Ahi Poke the  Umekes Kailua-Kona Poke bowl which begins with your choice of either white rice, brown rice or quinoa. That is what we love about Umekes they give us the healthiest of choices as the starch choice helps to balance the taste of the raw poke. Chef Pabre uses furikake sprinkled on top of the rice or the quinoa if you like a little more saltiness. Furikake is finely shredded dried sea weed that really adds a nice bit of flavor. Chef Pabre has always said he takes his inspiration for his Kailua-Kona Poke Bowl recipes from sushi and he believes that Poke will over take the popularity of sushi and he wants to be the one who drives that trend and leads the charge as a true Hawaiian and as such Chef Pabre truly can create a real Hawaiian style Ahi Poke Bowl and a Pacific Fusion type of Ahi Poke bowl mixed with avocadoes and other western ingredients. Nakoa Pabre is very considerate of his customers and has given them great choices especially in this day and age of healthful eating choices so including quinoa and brown rice is so appreciated by many of Umekes customers.

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The fish is so important and as Chef Pabre has always provided is that the fish be Ahi Sashimi quality and of the freshest quality. As G. Garvin of the Cooking Channel said to Chef Pabre upon tasting Umekes Poke , “You can taste the freshness of the fish, and the sauce isn’t overpowering the taste of the fish but actually enhances it. Umekes prides itself on using the highest quality of ahi and yellowfin tuna as it is the most sweetest of the fish meats caught fresh off the Kona coast waters. When selecting fish always make sure that you keep the smell in consideration as Fresh fish has a slight fish smell not overpowering , the texture shoud be firm and the color shoud be a nice shade of bright red. Chef Nakoa Pabre will also mix varieties of fish together to create a multi fish poke recipe such as ono, marlin, kampachi to name a few. Umekes utilizes local fishermen to supply the best and freshest fish always for the customers of Umekes . Poke means to slice and to cut and it is important to filet the fish correctly. Umekes has a special system of slicing the fish that creates such a beautiful poke presentation. As Umekes cuts into ahi tuna fish weighing as much as 181 lbs and up so you need to be able to cut and filet with hardly any waste. And many times tourists can walk into Umekes and be treated to Lito or Chef Pabre slicing up one of those beautiful Ahi Beasts! So they can take beautiful pictures of how the process is done and send it home to family and friends! Can’t get any fresher than that fish being plucked right out of the ocean a few hours earlier. After the fish is cut and cubed it is salted to taste with Hawaiian salt Poke Flavoring and Sauces are what Chef Nakoa Pabre excels at being a traditionalist and an experimentalist we as his customers get to benefit from his love of both styles! Pabre likes the simple orginal Hawaiian style of Poke but also likes to kick it up a notch and add many many different ingredients to come up with some truly unique Poke creations! Chef Pabre has been known to not know what he will be creating before a competition and the night before he has a dream of the ingredients puts it all together and ends up winning! He really cooks and creates from his soul! That is why Umekes Kailua-Kona Poke Shop  is so popular with local residents but also with many many mainland visitors! Just make sure that all ingredients are super fresh and you are guaranteed to have a winning recipe… You are just limited only by your imagination as so many ingredients can be used in Poke from coffee to peanut butter believe it or not…

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The most basic recipe of a real Hawaiian Ahi Poke Bowl includes maui onions, sliced chopped green onions, soy sauce and inamona roasted kukui nut, and limu kohu (seaweed) and sesame seed oil. For a more spicy recipe of Poke just add chili peppers, Hawaiian sea salt, some sesame seed oil mix together add some mayonnaise and patisse (fish sauce) to taste. The visual presentation of the Umekes Kailua-Kona Poke Bowl is very important as people usually eat with their eyes as well. So the sides added to the true Hawaiian Ahi Poke Bowl  is so colorful from the Ho’io Salad to the Broccoli Crab Salad all very colorful and adds to the beauty of the Poke Bowl. Umekes awesome employees then sprinkle the furikake over the top of the hot rice or quinoa for you to enjoy the best tasting Umekes Kailua-Kona Poke bowl with friends and family!

Visit Umekes Kailua-Kona Poke Shop on your mobile phone and bookmark it on your smart phone! Umekes Kailua-Kona Poke restaurant  has a very large following with their VIP POKE CLUB which gives you many discounts, promotions and money saving mobile coupons sent straight to your smart phone. Many VIP POKE CLUB members enjoy knowing they have a chance to save money and they never lose their coupons as it is on their phones. Just text the word HawaiiPoke to 71441 and you are in! Umekes prides itself on serving ALOHA DAILY so scoop on by or call ahead with your order. and for mobile on the go users:   Stop by for a Umekes Kailua-Kona Poke Bowl  as both locations are open seven days a week for your Poke pleasure at Alii Plaza and Lanihau Shopping Center.

Umekes Kailua-Kona Poke Bowls


The owner of Umekes has won the Sam Choy Poke Contest two years in a row 2013 and 2014.
Chef Nakoa Pabre just has a gift when it comes to creating unique and tasty Poke recipes.
He has the ability to just come up with a winning recipe the night before a competition
and it turns out to be a winning combination. That is cooking and creating from the heart
and soul and that is how Chef Pabre has won the hearts and minds of the residents of Hawaii,
as well as, the visitors to Hawaii with his winning recipes and ready smile full of Aloha.
Check out his mobile website and join his VIP Poke Club by texting "HawaiiPoke" to 71441 to receive mobile coupons and discounts sent to your phone. Umekes serves the freshest and tastiest poke in Kona and in the whole State of Hawaii, as Nakoa Pabre isn't called the Prince of Poke for nothing. He lets the bowl do the braggin and he has for two years straight at the Annual Sam Choy Poke competition. Umekes has two locations at the Umekes Alii Plaza Hualalai and Kuakini Streets and Umekes Fishmarket Bar & Grill off Kaiwi Street and Kuakini Highway. Here is our mobile website: for on the go visitors and residents plus our
website for Umekes Fishmarket Bar and Grill at and of course
our Ali'i Plaza Umekes:
Always Fresh, Always Local, Always Aloha! So fresh from boat to bowl its off da hook..

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  1. MICKEY April,1 2017 at 05:33 am - Reply


    • Nakoa April,20 2017 at 10:25 pm - Reply

      No we serve grilled and fried as well. Just ask and we can make it how you like!

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