I enjoy finding really good food in really unexpected places. Nothing is worse then an over-hyped, pretentious place that is atrocious. Well you don’t have to worry about that at Pono Market. It’s located in Kapaa in the east side of the island. It looks almost like a typical NY Deli with stainless steel drink coolers and stainless steel counter with plexiglass holding area for food. The only difference is here you can get Ahi Poke and not disgusting dry sesame chicken you get in a NY Deli.
It’s around lunch time so there is a little bit of a line but your in Hawaii. What do you really have to do today. So I grab a Passion fruit and Pineapple juice from the fridge and I order the fried chicken over white rice (I can feel you people judging me already) and 1/4 of a pound of spicy Ahi Poke. I wish you could order delicious raw prepared fish by the pound more often.
The fried chicken was great. It had a good breading on it and was surprisingly a little bit sweet which added to the flavor. The Spicy ahi poke was delicious. I just wish it wasn’t 17 bucks a pound but 1/4 of a pound of that stuff and your good to go.
I wish I could have that exact meal for lunch right now. Best 8 or 9 bucks I’ve spent in awhile.