If you live on Lanai, we don’t have to tell you that Ciso Lagmay and Donna Stokes have something special going on at Lanai Ohana Poke Market. People love this place. No, we mean seriously love it. A quick review of comments on the restaurant’s Facebook page tells you all you need to know.
“Hands down the BEST poke ANYWHERE!”
“Best poke in Hawaii.”
“Best eats, best peeps on Lanai.”
When people heap plate lunch size accolades like these on your business, all you need is to keep doing what you’re doing. Ciso imports most of his fish from Honolulu and goes through about 50 pounds worth every day. His poke uses secret recipes that Ciso says he’s developed over time.
And it isn’t just poke that draws raves. Teri beef & shrimp, BBQ pulled pork sandwiches, and beef curry stew are a few of the daily specials listed on Facebook.
Ciso and Donna moved their family to Lanai in 1995 after Hurricane Iniki devastated Kauai, and the Ohana Poke Market is a true family affair. Ciso and Donna, their children, their children’s husbands, and others who are related to their sons-in-law all work in the restaurant.
“For us, family comes first,” Donna said. “That’s why the business is called Lanai Ohana Poke Shop.”
That checks out.
If you have yet to discover this culinary treasure, head over to 834-A Gay Street in Lanai City. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. or whenever the poke sells out. Better not go too late, though, because the poke tends to sell out early. Look for the colorful building with the tin roof near the old jail. You can thank us later.