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We share our favorite places to try poi, including Aloha Mixed Plate, The Feast at Lele and Mama’s Fish House.
Even though the dietary wonders of poi are enough to convince anyone to incorporate it into his or her diet, we will admit that it isn’t the easiest of foods to eat. While we don’t expect you to slurp it down by itself like yogurt, but will applaud you if you do, we do hope that you can enjoy it the way most locals do, as a complementary side dish to traditional Hawaiian dishes, like kalua pork and lomi lomi salmon. When you are ready to try the purple stuff, there are an array of outlets to delve into—from luau and restaurants to factories and farms.
ALOHA MIXED PLATE
A friendly atmosphere, a view of the Pacific Ocean and ‘onolicious combo plates make this Front St. restaurant a must-try for locals and visitors alike. We recommend the Ali’i Plate, which includes pork lau lau, kalua pork, mac salad, rice, haupia for dessert and a generous helping of poi. alohamixedplate.com, 808.661.3322
ALOHA POI FACTORY
Fresh poi is pounded daily at this Wailuku Factory. Purchase sealed packages of poi to take home and share with friends and family. 800 Lower Main St., Wailuku, 808.244.3536
THE FEAST AT LELE
Aside from its reference to the Hawaiian food item, poi also describes a traditional Maori dance prop that’s twirled and swung by dance performers. We recommend smothering poi—the food and not the prop—onto the imu- (underground oven) roasted kalua pork. www.feastatlele.com, 808.667.5353
MAMA’S FISH HOUSE
In the quaint town of Paia is Maui’s first fresh fish restaurant where poi is served as a complementary side to such daily catches as ono, monchong and mahimahi. 799 Poho Pl., 808.756.9147