While staying at one of the beautiful condos at Turtle Bay Rentals on the Turtle Bay Resort in Kahuku, just a couple miles down the road is a dive-style mini market named Kahuku Superette. As a one stop shop for anything from groceries, quick food and beverages, bags of ice to household items, ironically its ahi poke is revered island wide as one of the best, if not the best, around.
Poke (pronounced poh-KAY) refers to marinated pieces of fish or meat cut into “chunks” (as the word directly translates into the Hawaiian language). Ahi (the Hawaiian word for “tuna”) simply refers to the type of fish. So translated, ahi poke means “tuna chunks.” And Kahuku Superette offers various types of pokes in addition to its ahi poke.
Of all the varieties of poke at Kahuku Superette, its shoyu ahi poke is arguably the best. Their shoyu ahi poke (shoyu means “soy sauce” in Japanese) consists of the ahi marinated in a sesame oil shoyu sauce with diced sweet onions, chopped green onions, sesame seeds, and dried peppers. The combination of the ingredients draws out a salty, sweet and spicy mix of flavors that truly is unique to Kahuku Superette.
A couple recommendations when you order your poke, whether its the shoyu ahi poke or not: First, ask for the poke to be served with rice. The chilled shoyu ahi poke and warm white rice create a savory contrast. Not to mention, the sauce will sink into the white rice to spread the flavor into every bite. The second recommendation is to try eating the shoyu ahi poke with chopsticks instead of a fork, which you will have to specifically ask for at the cash register, otherwise you will be given a fork. The reason for the recommendation … well, it is for the challenge, of course, and also because “when in Rome, do as the Romans.” Or, more accurately, do as the people in Hawaii do.
The Kahuku Superette also offers a variety of beverages, snacks, some produce, and other items, so if you’re craving to combine your shoyu ahi poke with some chips (like is popular with poke in the mainland), or would like to wrap up your meal with a desert, then the option is there.
One last tip, Kahuku Superette does accept debit and credit cards, but keep in mind that they do have a minimum amount you must spend to run a card. Ask what that amount is if you are planning to use one.
56-505 Kamehameha Highway
Kahuku, HI 96731
Weekdays: 6:15am to 10:00pm
Weekends: 7:00am to 10:00pm