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Ahi Poke at Kahuku Superette – A Must Try

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.

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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.

Kahuku Superette
56-505 Kamehameha Highway
Kahuku, HI 96731
(808) 293-9878
Weekdays: 6:15am to 10:00pm
Weekends: 7:00am to 10:00pm

4 Must Visit Beaches Within Fifteen Minutes of Turtle Bay

There is a cliché that goes something to the effect of, “Life’s a Beach.” Well, it is true—or at least life should be. Especially while you are on vacation at Turtle Bay Rentals on the Turtle Bay Resort. Since how you spend each day is important, here are four must visit beaches within fifteen minutes of where you are staying so that you can make the most of your beach time in Hawaii.

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Kawela Bay

Located just a couple bays west of the resort, Kawela Bay is as picturesque as it gets. Kawela Bay is also a bit more secluded and less crowded than many other beaches on the North Shore. Since the barrier reef blocks the surf from entering the bay, and its location shelters it from the typical tradewinds, Kawela Bay is a perfect place to swim around, snorkel, kayak, standup paddle-board, to picnic and soak in some sun. 

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Ke iki

Located just over ten minutes west of the resort, Ke iki provides a mix of that north shore feel without all the crowd. Located on the east end of Shark’s Cove, it has gained more attention over the past few years due to Clark Little’s ocean and wave imagery of the surf along this stretch of beach. For good reason, too, since Ke iki is the perfect place to take a lunch, get a tan and just enjoy the true essence of Hawaii.

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Waimea Bay

Located just fifteen minutes west of the resort, Waimea Bay is hands down one of the great treasures of the North Shore—even Hawaii as a whole. Known for its famous big wave surf during the winter months, and the location of the Eddie Aikau Invitational, Waimea Bay is a breathtaking beach with just as awe-inspiring of scenery from the jump rock to the west to the surf breaks to the east within the bay. On any given day, it’s a great place to spread out the towel to relax, picnic, swim around, snorkel … to do it all. 

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Pounders 

Located just fifteen minutes south east of the resort, Pounders sits right inside Laie Bay and offers a pristine view of the Ko’olau range. Considering that Pounders is on the windward side of the island, it is heavily affected by the typical tradewinds since these types of winds blow onshore. That being said, if the winds are light or blowing Kona (meaning offshore on the windward side), then make sure to head over to Pounders for a view that truly is incomparable.

Turtle Bay Resort’s 3 Iconic Bays – A Must For Everyone

Beautiful beaches and Hawaii are synonymous. One truly cannot (and, frankly, should not) experience Hawaii without them. Turtle Bay Resort, located on the North Shore of Oahu, happens to be surrounded by three iconic bays—Kuilima Cove, Turtle Bay, and Kawela Bay—with breathtaking beaches and scenery that are a must for everyone staying at or visiting  the resort hotel or Turtle Bay Rentals.

 

Kuilima Cove

Located to the east of the point where the resort hotel stands, Kuilima Cove has a natural barrier reef sheltering the inside beach area from the crashing waves. With the shallow reef just feet from the sand, this makes it a prime location for swimming and snorkeling. Not to mention, there is a nice beach for those looking to sink their toes into the sand while taking in the sunshine just steps away from the hotel and its accommodations.

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A bird’s eye view of Turtle Bay Resort, including Kuilima Cove at the bottom, Turtle Bay mid-photo and Kawela Bay toward the upper right.

Turtle Bay

Located just west of the point where the resort hotel is built, the actual Turtle Bay gets its name from the green sea turtles that frequent it (and, in the past, would lay their eggs on the sand). Turtle Bay is known for its uniquely rigid shoreline, rock formations both along the shore and off-shore, its fishing, whale sightings and Hawaiian monk seals taking a break on shore, and the wide range of surf spots from the point west.

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 The view from west of the point into Turtle Bay as a surfer checks the waves before hopping into the water.

Kawela Bay

Located just west of the actual Turtle Bay, Kawela Bay has a natural barrier reef sheltering the inside beach area from the crashing waves similar to Kuilima Cove. Two things distinguishing Kawela Bay from the other two bays are its sizable sandy coastline and its natural sheltering from the howling tradewinds. Both factor into making Kawela Bay, which only a short hike away, both a great place to hangout on the beach with more than enough space to kayak, standup paddle-board, and snorkel.

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If you like to kayak, standup paddle-board, snorkel or just lounge around on the beach and swim around with the occasional turtle, Kawela Bay may just be the perfect place.

With three iconic bays—Kuilima Cove, Turtle Bay, and Kawela Bayall within such close proximity to each other, Turtle Bay Resort is truly situated in one of the most ideal settings that Hawaii has to offer.

3 Local Food Spots You Must Try While Staying at Turtle Bay

One of the great things about vacationing at Turtle Bay is indulging in some good food. Granted that you will be eating at the resort restaurants and checking the typical tourist go to spots off your list, there are some great food spots that may not but should show up on your radar while vacationing on the North Shore. Here are three such spots, each within close proximity, that you must try while staying at Turtle Bay.

Impossibles Pizza

Who would have ever thought pizza out of a renovated airport shuttle bus could be so good? Impossibles Pizza—named after the surf spot in between the infamous Waimea Bay point and Three Tables—offers both the traditional cheese, pepperoni, and sausage pizzas, as well as unique varieties like their Thai chicken (served with a sweet and sour dipping sauce) and kalua pork bbq pizzas. Not to mention, Impossibles Pizza offers other options from lasagna to salads.

Days/Hours of Operation: Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 3:00pm to 8:00pm

Address: 59-719 Kamehameha Hwy, Hale’iwa, HI 96712

Phone: (808) 499-4741

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Banzai Bowls

If you’re looking for a refreshing meal to cool you down after a long day in the sun on the beaches of the North Shore, Banzai Bowls will do the trick. Located adjacent to the Chevron gas station on Kamehameha Hwy a quarter mile west of Sunset Beach, Banzai Bowls offers a wide variety of açai berry and pitaya (dragon fruit) smoothies and smoothie bowls blended to order.

Days/Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday, 7:00am to 8:00pm; Saturday, 8:00am to 8:00pm; Sunday, 8:00am to 7:00pm

Address: 59-186 Kamehameha Hwy, Hale’iwa, HI 96712

Phone: (808) 744-2849

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Fiji Market and Curry Shop

If you’re looking for a spicier option, Fiji Market and Curry Shop is the answer. Fiji Market and Curry shop offers a variety of curry plates (lamb, beef, chicken, corned beef, shrimp and vegetarian), roti wraps (roti is a thicker version of naan), meat pies and samosas. Each plate is home cooked by Sheila, one of the owners, so the food is always on point. 

Days/Hours of Operation: Monday through Saturday, 11:00am to 9:00pm

Address: 56-565 Kamehameha Hwy, Kahuku, HI 96731

Phone: (808) 293-7120

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