The Winner of the Fan Favorite Vote at Frolic’s Poke Fest 2023 Is …

Twelve shops created exclusive new Poke Fest creations, and we put them to an online vote. Who is the new King of Poke Fest?


Last Saturday’s 6th Annual Poke Fest presented by Fresh Island Fish was The. Best. Ever. Magnificent poke—more kinds than ever seen in one place at one time—plus cool thirst quenchers and plenty of snacks and desserts. It was not only Frolic’s largest Poke Fest ever, but it was also the happiest, under cool skies in the open air, with plenty of live entertainment by Kimié Miner, Izik and Trishnālei. Those of you who missed the one-day event and have been emailing and messaging us about the next one: Stay tuned to this channel and our social media, @frolichawaii and Frolic Hawai‘i on Facebook, for word of next year’s Poke Fest.


Frolic Tent Line Credit Thomas Obungen

Photo: Thomas Obungen


We gathered iconic and new poke vendors from across O‘ahu and challenged them to craft a new poke creation exclusive to Poke Fest. These were sold at each booth, along with poke bowls and signature specialties, and put to an online vote that night.



Mahalo to all poke fans who came from near and far to celebrate Hawai‘i’s favorite pūpū. Mahalo to our poke vendors and their crews for bringing their best poke and keeping everyone fed. And a big mahalo to our sponsors: Presenting sponsor Fresh Island Fish, Ka Makana Ali‘i, Foodland Hawai‘i and Mini of Hawai‘i.


Congratulations to the winners of Frolic’s 6th Annual Poke Fest fan favorite vote!


Tied for 2nd place: Dahubstore & Local Poke Bowl


Local Poke Bowl

Photo: Courtesy of Local Poke Bowl


Yuzu Umami ‘Ahi Poke tossed with house-made yuzu umami creamy sauce, sweet onion, green onion, furikake, fried garlic, sea asparagus, alaea salt and bubu arare.


1st place, King of Poke Fest: Paradise Poke


Ahi Ftw Paradise Poke Credit Thomas Obungen

Photo: Thomas Obungen


‘Ahi FTW: Fresh ‘ahi, house-made shoyu, truffle oil, wasabi, red onion, sea asparagus.


We look forward to seeing you next year with even more poke creations, vendors and fun!



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