“The 12 Days of Poke,” being offered at the Westin timeshare at Westin Kā’anapali Ocean Resort Villas’ newly-branded restaurant Auntie’s Kitchen features a different poke special each day between Wednesday, Dec. 14 and Sunday, Dec. 25.
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Imua Family Services, the Maui County non-profit organization with a mission of “empowering families and their children to reach their full potential.”
Created by Chef Doyle and Chef Brian Murphy, “The 12 Days of Poke” includes the more traditional preparations with sashimi-grade fish, as well as not-so-classic preparations.
In Hawaiian, poke means “to slice.” Most people associate it with raw fish, but poke can also be made without fish. “The 12 Days of Poke” celebrates all varieties. A few of the flavors which will be included are:
- Curry-stmas: ‘Ahi with onions, apples, dried cranberries and toasted cashews tossed in curry oil
- Tutu’s Big Fat Pigs: pork belly crisp with onions, tomatoes, vinegar, shoyu, patis and lime juice
- North Pole Poke: salmon with onions, green onions, sesame oil and alaea salt.
“It’s the most local thing we can present; it’s a little more unique,” explains Chef Doyle. “It’s a common thing everybody’s familiar with, tourists coming in and locals on the island. So we invite locals to come feast!”
Auntie’s Kitchen opened in late October, replacing Ocean Pool Bar & Grill off the Westin timeshare resort’s south lobby. The open air eatery at this Westin timeshare was designed to celebrate the melting pot of flavors and cuisine that make up Hawai‘i’s local culinary culture.
The menu includes a range of pūpū, salads, sandwiches, burgers, ‘Ahi poke bowls, plate lunches and desserts. The restaurant offers a breakfast buffet between 7 and 10:30 a.m. and then remains open until 9 p.m.
“We have great offerings at dinner,” explains General Manager Matt Anderson. “We have prime rib, half chicken, a Hawaiian plate with kalua pork, ‘Ahi poke, pohole fern salad with a scoop of rice and mac salad.”
The restaurant features daily happy hour specials between 3 and 5 p.m. and live music on Monday and Friday evenings.
Syed Sarmad, Principal Broker for Advantage Vacation