This Tiny Country Store Makes The Best Homemade Poke In Hawaii

Before tourism and over-development took hold of the Hawaiian Islands, locals would gather to purchase everyday items and talk story at any of the charming general stores found across the state. Since then, however, many of these once-popular shops have become obsolete, but not Ishihara. Located on the island of Kauai in the small town of Waimea is this charming country store that not only dates back more than eighty years but serves some of the Aloha State’s best poke. Bring on the nostalgia — and the seafood!

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Ishihara Market is located at 9894 Kaumualii Hwy., Waimea, HI 96796, and is open Monday through Thursday from 6 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Have you ever been to this market? What about Kailua-Kona’s Da Poke Shack?