Why this Waikiki Beach hotel has the Best Poke on Oahu

The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki just launched an interactive way to further immerse guests in Hawaiian culture- “The Art of Poke”

 The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach lobby
/ The Open Air Lobby at The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach; Courtesy Hotel

Waikiki’s premier luxury resort, The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach just launched an interactive way to further immerse travelers in Hawaiian culture- “The Art of Poke.

Chef Oto smiles holding tuna at Ritz Carlton Residences Waikiki
/ Executive Chef Eric Oto smiles holding a beautiful piece of tuna; Courtesy

It’s no wonder that global cuisine has soared in popularity in recent years – one of the fave dishes amongst eaters? Poke. As global travelers look to make increasingly meaningful connections to the destinations they visit, The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach, has created an exciting interactive culinary offering, The Art of Poke. This curated experience provides guests of the award-winning resort the unique opportunity to discover the world of Hawaiian poke and learn about its origin and evolution from pre-contact era to modern day.

Art of Poke ingredients From Above at Ritz Carlton Residences Waikiki
/ Art of Poke ingredients from above at Ritz Carlton Residences Waikiki; Courtesy hotel

Poke, meaning “to cut or slice,” has been a staple in Hawaii since ancient Hawaiians feasted on freshly caught fish massaged with sea salt, roasted kukui nuts and seaweed. While most travelers today have experienced the popularity of modern-day poke bowls and shops that made waves across the nation, the resort is utilizing The Art of Poke to embrace a more traditional approach as part of its ethos as stewards of Hawaiian culture and provide guests with an authentic poke presentation through storytelling. 

Chef Oto Mixes Poke in a bowl Ritz Carlton Residences Waikiki
/ Chef Oto Mixes Poke in a bowl; Courtesy Ritz Carlton
Mixing Poke Ritz Carlton Residences Waikiki
/ Mixing Poke ingredients ; Courtesy Ritz

The Art of Poke experience begins with Executive Chef Eric Oto of G.Lion Hawaii taking guests on a historical journey to pre-contact era about the significance and origin of poke. Chef Oto, who is a trained lawai‘a (fisherman), presents his fresh selections from the market that day, which includes ahi (tuna) and another selection based on seasonality and availability. Guests will be treated to a tableside presentation as Chef Oto provides a “how to” demonstration on cutting and preparing the poke. Guests will also be able to select from a variety of accoutrements and other elements to enhance their poke using Chef’s recommendations and guidance. Available exclusively to resort guests only, this one-of-a-kind, chef-curated offering brings guests a unique and unforgettable experience during their stay. 

The Art of Poke Experience is available for $250 per person and available for two to four guests. Reservations must be made at least one week in advance by contacting the Resort Concierge.

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