Where to Find the Best Poke on Oahu in Hawaii: Poke Stop

When I travel, I like to eat where the locals eat. On one of my solo jaunts to Hawaii, I rented a car and just meandered around the island of Oahu. I had already spent some time in Waikiki, so I decided to revisit some of my favorite spots and check out a few new places. I planned on overnighting in Ko’ Olina, but I was getting the munchies and had been told I just HAD to check out Poke Stop in Waipahu. I’m so glad I did.

Poke Stop Owner Elmer Guzman and daughter

Poke Stop is owned by Chef Elmer Guzman who was named one of the “Top Ten Rising Chefs” by Food and Wine Magazine just after his graduation from culinary school. He landed a job in New Orleans and spent time in the kitchen learning from Emeril Lagasse. Elmer already had a good culinary foundation from his previous years working under Chef Alan Wong at the Canoe House on The Big Island. Elmer’s journey through culinary creations is evident with a taste of his poke.

When you drive up to Poke Stop, you’d never expect what hides behind the doors. The place is small and unassuming, but I could definitely feel the love when I walked inside. I was honored to meet Elmer and his daughter, who was his sole reason for moving back to Hawaii. When Elmer’s wife became pregnant, he knew he wanted to raise his family where his heart was – Hawaii.

Deli Style Service at Poke Stop in Hawaii

Elmer doesn’t just serve poke at Poke Stop. There are also cookbooks and spices to bring home. Since I was staying in Ko’Olina, I learned that many tourists come by Poke Stop to get fresh fish to grill in their condos or on their hotel’s outdoor cooking area. Elmer was nice enough to box up some samples of his wonderful poke and we sat outside on the picnic tables talking story and laughing.

Poke Stop is a wonderful experience with delicious poke and more. You can’t get more local than this and I felt like I was special thanks to the hospitality of Elmer Guzman and his staff. I will admit, not only did I eat some poke at lunch, but what I still had leftover made a great midnight snack! If you visit Oahu, be sure to put Poke Stop on your list of must-see places where you can grab some local cuisine to go while exploring the island.

Poke Stop
94-050 Farrington Hwy, E-4 in the Waipahu Town Center
Waipahu, Hawaii 96797

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Comments

  1. That makes my mouth water just to look at the photos.
    .-= Sheila @GoVisitHawaii´s last blog ..Longing for Lanai =-.

  2. I found out that a high school friend has owns a jewelry store on the big island. A trip there may be in the future. Will definitely try the Poke Stop.
    .-= Dot´s last blog ..New Year’s Eve at Our House =-.

  3. Hi Shannon – I assume Poke is a fish but I’ve never heard of it. Is it mild or strong, dry or oily? Is Poke something limited to Hawaii? I’d be interested for the next time I go to Hawaii.
    .-= Barbara at Hole in the Donut Travels´s last blog ..Travel Insights 100 Make Travel Predictions for 2010, Choose Dumbest Travel Moments of 2009 =-.

  4. I haven’t sampled poke but with your recommendation, I’ll be trying it the next time I’m in Hawaii. So it’s a fish? All I could think of was “poke salad” as in collard or turnip greens :-) .

  5. I’ve never had Poke! But the picture of it looks delicious – man, I have to et to Hawaii!
    .-= Sherry Ott´s last blog ..A Look Back and Forward for 2010 =-.

  6. I don’t think I want to eat Poke, but I feel you on eating where the locals eat. Usually.

  7. I love the reason Elmer moved back and was a nice story to read. Some places just make us happy and probably one of the reasons Elmer is beaming!
    .-= Anil´s last blog ..The Blue Lagoon, Iceland =-.

  8. Michael says:

    Poke is just a way of preparing tuna. It’s served raw mixed with chili pepper, green onion, seaweed, roe, etc….. There are many varieties of poke. Believe it or not, Costco has a very delicious poke too.

  9. we make our own but costco does pretty good too…
    .-= Mom’s Best Bets´s last blog ..Warmables For a Healthier Lunch =-.

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