.


Poke perfection

  • LAURA RUMINSKI/West Hawaii Today Poke creations line the tables at the Hawaii Island Festival Poke Contest Saturday at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort and Spa.
  • LAURA RUMINSKI/West Hawaii Today Trae Alcoran, right and Lawrence Castro plate a Waikoloa Marriott entry for the Hawaii Island Festival Poke Contest Saturday at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort and Spa.

WAIKOLOA BEACH — Amateur and professional chefs gathered at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort and Spa to showcase their special p0ke recipes Saturday at the Hawaii Island Festival Poke Contest.

Guests sampled and voted for their favorite fish creations in four categories: traditional, which uses the basic ingredients of raw fish, sea salt, seaweed, kukui nut, taro, breadfruit and coconut milk; poke with soy sauce, poke with limu (seaweed) and cooked poke.

ADVERTISING


Winners of the 2018 Poke Contest:

Traditional

Pro – Trae Alcoran and Ryan Banagan – Waikoloa Beach Marriott

Amateur – Kai Auld

Shoyu/Limu

Pro – Casey Hanks – Fish Hopper

Amateur – Kanoe Schutte

Fusion

Pro – Ernie Gray – Poke Market

Amateur – Kanoe Schutte

Presentation

Pro – Ryan Banagan – Waikoloa Beach Marriott

Amateur – Bambi Lau

People’s Choice

ADVERTISING


Pro – Pedro Almazan – Fish Hopper

Amateur – Karen Niimi