Food Finds: East Oahu
Tamura's Fine Wine & Liquors
Peckish for poke? Join the schools of locals who are swimming over to Tamura's. While this seasoned shop is perhaps best known by kama‘aina for their affordably priced alcohol assortment, they're also bowling over shoppers with their fresh bowls - overflowing with popular toppings from poke to pipikaula.
Poke newbies may think it sounds fishy but for a quick bite on the run nothing is as quintessentially "Hawai‘i" as poke (poh-keh) - or fresh, raw, cubed fish, seasoned with either Hawaiian salt, soy sauce or other type of seasoning. What sets Tamura's apart from other poke places is that their options splash out from the norm. Here in addition to a selection of poke you can enhance your bowl with other treats like tempura, pipikaula, sea asparagus and kalua pig. In fact, your friends and family may think you've cracked up but we recommend adding some extra mini arare (rice cracker balls) to your bowl for the perfect salty crunch.
If you're en route to or from a day exploring O‘ahu, roll into one of Tamura's island-wide locations in Wahiawa, Hauula, Kapolei, Kaimuki, Aiea, or Kailua. It's the perfect place to bag a bottle of your favorite beverage to enjoy back in the room and scoop up a bowl of pipikaula (Hawai‘i's version of beef jerkey pronounced pee-pee-kow-lah) and poke. Just be sure to break open your bowl quickly - poke needs to be refrigerated and can go bad quickly in the Hawaiian heat.