KONA KOHALA COAST, Hawaii -- The Westin Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel
at the Mauna Kea resort here is hosting the Sam Choy Poke Festival
Sept. 15 to 17.
Poke (pronounced po-keh), is cubed raw Hawaiian fish, which is
then marinated in salt, seaweed, soy sauce and vinegar.
The dish also can be cooked or seared.
It is a distinctively Hawaiian food that is used mostly as an
Amateur and professional cooks will submit their poke to be
judged in the categories of best cooked poke; traditional poke, and
poke recipes using hot sauce, ogo, surimi, hokkigai, macadamia
nuts, soy sauce and tofu.
The entry deadline for those entering the poke recipe contest is
Entry fees are $75 per recipe in the professional category and
$20 in the nonprofessional category.
Thirty-five professionals will be selected as winners as will 45
in the amateur category. First prize for professionals is $3,500
and $1,500 for the amateurs.
Other prizes include roundtrip air fare to Hawaii and
interisland air fare.
During the festival there is a charity golf tournament on
Saturday as well as a Hawaiian concert featuring the performers
Kapena, Kealii Reichel, Ikaika Brown and the Lim Family.
The Westin Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel has 350 rooms and suites,
restaurants, a health spa and tennis courts.
Westin Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel
Phone: (888) 625-4949
Poke Shoot-Out Golf Tournament
Phone: (808) 885-8821