Deadline Nears to Enter Poke Contest – Contestants Get Seafood at Wholesale Price

Put your braggin’ in the bowl and enter you favorite poke recipe to win cash and prizes at the second Sam Choy’s Keauhou Poke Contest Sunday, March 17.

Poke Soy Sauce

Fun includes recipe judging, a celebrity cookoff, a poke-making demonstration by Sam Choy, entertainment, poi pounding and fishnet making, and plenty of delicious poke tasting.

Entry fee is $15 for amateurs and a reduced price of $30 for professionals—culinary students can enter for free. Suisan Company offers seafood to contestants at wholesale price. Entry deadline is March 8 and forms can be downloaded at


The Late Guy Toyama's winning Poke from the 2012  Sam Choy Poke Festival

The Late Guy Toyama’s winning Poke from the 2012 Sam Choy Poke Festival

Competition is in six categories: traditional, spicy, cooked, poke with soy sauce, non-seafood and sushi style.

Contest festivities are 10 a.m.-3 p.m. with most of the activities outside on the Bay View Lawn. The poke contest and judging will be inside the Sheraton’s Ainakai restaurant.

Public admission to all contest activities is $5 at the door (keiki 12-and-under are free) and benefits “The Heart of the Campus-Equip the Kitchens Campaign” for the future Hawaii Community College-Palamanui campus. A free trolley will operate from Keauhou Shopping Center (pickup near Longs Drugs) from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Sam Choy and the Contestants at the 2012 Contest

Sam Choy and the Contestants at the 2012 Contest

Poke critiquing begins 10 a.m. with awards and public tasting at 12:30 p.m. Also on tap is an all-day Hawai‘i Island Marketplace; a demonstration on making tropical libations by mixologist Joey Gotteman of Young’s Market at 10:30 a.m., a Celebrity Poke Cook-off at 11:30 p.m. and a demo on “How to Make Poke by Sam Choy” at 1:30 p.m. Enjoy traditional and contemporary Hawaiian music by Kapala of O’ahu.

Sam Choy’s Keauhou Poke Contest is part of Keauhou Resort’s annual Kamehameha III celebration March 15-17 that commemorates the Keauhou-born king, Lani Kauikeaouli. The contest is sponsored by Kamehameha Investment Corporation, Kamehameha Schools Land Assets Division, the Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa at Keauhou Bay, Sam Choy’s Kai Lanai, Aloha Shoyu, Hawaiian Springs Water, Suisan Company, Ltd., BMW of Hawaii, Bacardi, Young’s Market, Roberts Hawaii, Sun Dried Specialties, Tanioka’s Seafood & Catering, Fresh Island Fish and KTA Superstores.

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