Umekes Poke And Seafood Festival 2023

  • September 2, 2023
  • 74-5599 Pawai Pl, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

Umekes Poke And Seafood Festival 2023

Join us! We’ve put together the most off da hook, first annual, poke & seafood festival experience where the Big Island Maui Relief Drive will take place.

At this time affected ohanas have specific needs. We are working with local non-profits to ensure that the items received are going directly to the ohanas. CLICK HERE for a list of accepted donated items. Mahalo Nui Loa! #StrongerTogether #MauiStrong

Bring the ohana, enjoy a special performance by The Steppas, keiki games & activities, food & drink, and the first-ever Umekes Poke Throwdown competition. Come enjoy a day of celebrating the Aloha spirit and supporting the people of Maui. If you want to get involved or be a part of the festival as a volunteer, vendor, sponsor, or enter the poke competition, sign up here.


The core belief for the Keiki of Da Aina is that our island Keiki benefits from being taught traditional Hawaiian beliefs and activities, from hunting and fishing to astronomy and farming. In addition, the Keiki of Da Aina Foundation hosts a number of youth mentorship sessions, where adults in our community inspire kids to learn, grow and develop into successful leaders of tomorrow. For every event, K.O.A provides the supplies needed, from hunting gear to fishing rods, competition prizes, backpacks and haircuts, and catered lunches donated by our amazing supporters. Your contribution to this event will help us continue giving our island Keiki the resources they need to succeed, learn and thrive for future generations.

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Give it up for the very first, Umekes Master of Poke @hawaiisonly_chefkale 💫🐟. He went head to head with 11 other very talented professional and home chefs and took the #1 spot! 

The Poke Throwdown was a blind tasting where the expert judges @chefsamchoy  @chefippy  @nakoa_pabre  @konabrewinghawaii did not see the dish before hand or know whose dish they were tasting. After deliberation and trying all the poke, they decided as a group that @hawaiisonly_chefkale  had da best poke! 🏆

Congratulations Chef Kale! 🐟🏆He’s won 2 round trip tickets to Las Vegas compliments of @southwestair and a 3 day/ 2 night stay at the brand new Sahara Las Vegas hotel compliments of @saharalasvegas 🎲

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🐟Introducing @reel.aloha as contestants for the Poke Throwdown competition this Saturday! We can’t wait to witness their culinary skills as they take on other talented contenders for the Master of Poke grand prize and title. 
Tickets available at Proceeds go to Maui Relief. 

Get ready to cheer them on in this culinary Throwdown 🍣💫🐟Give them a like or comment below to show your support!
🐟 Casting flavor spells at the Poke Throwdown! 🍣 Whose poke will win your heart?⁠
VIP ticket holders will cast their vote and determine who will be the People's Choice Award Winner and our panel of judges will determine who will be the Master of Poke, winning a trip for 2 to the 9th Island, Las Vegas! ⁠
@nakoa_pabre @umekes @chefippy @chefsamchoy @konabrewinghawaii⁠
 🔥 #PokeThrowdown #FlavorMagic⁠
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🌸 New Poke Fest Vendor, Liliko’i & Lotus is a mobile boutique located in Kailua Kona. They offer quality handcrafted jewelry as well as bags, candles, towels, hair care products, and prints from other local artists.⁠
Come down on Saturday, September 2nd with the whole Ohana to enjoy good food, great music and a little shopping 🛍️ . Want to set up shop and become a vendor? Sign up at under the events section.⁠
 @Lilikoi.and.Lotus @nakoa_pabre @Umekes ⁠
#UmekesPokeFest #Umekes #bigislandevents #sofreshitsoffdahook #supportlocal #kailuakona #brewblock #seafood #bestofhawaii808 #yelphawaii #luckywelivehawaii #onogrinds #meanhawaii #alwaysfresh #neverfrozen #ighawaii #livemusic #keikiofdaaina #freshcatch #bigislandfestival #alohaserveddaily #ohana #familyfriendly

Compete in the Poke Throw Down

How it works

Calling all Home Chefs and Professional Chefs! This is your chance to prove to a panel of judges that you are the Master of Poke and you have what it takes to earn the title and win a Las Vegas Vacation for two including; round-trip tickets and a 3-day / 2-night stay at the brand new Sahara Las Vegas, a Master of Poke trophy, and all the bragging rights. Compliments of Southwest Airlines and Sahara Las Vegas Hotel.

This is your time to shine! Impress our VIP ticket holders with your poke and earn their vote in the People’s Choice category. Win a hand-crafted Sujihiki Knife valued at $700, a one-night ocean view stay at Royal Kona Resort, and a Poke Throwdown People’s Choice award to take home.

*Contestants are encouraged to use sustainable, locally farmed, and high-quality ingredients. Contestants will pay an entry fee if their application is accepted to compete.

Become a Vendor

Vendor Booth Details

Interested in having a booth at our event? Now accepting applications for like-minded businesses that align with our mission and values. If your business is ʻāina based, ocean-inspired, and keeps sustainability in mind, we want to hear from you! Fill out the application form for the opportunity to be a part of the biggest event of the year.

If your business is cooking/selling food you must have insurance naming Umekes LLC as an additional insured and a special event permit for your business.

Umekes LLC
LOT 12
74-5599 Pawai Pl.
Kailua-Kona, HI

Become a Volunteer!

Be a part of our Ohana

Volunteers are an extension of our Ohana. If you share our passion for serving the community and enjoy being a part of the action, come volunteer with us on September 2nd.

Each person will be given:

  1. One free admission ticket to give to a loved one
  2. An exclusive volunteer shirt
  3. Lunch
  4. Be in our team photo to be hung in the restaurant

There are plenty of positions available. Please sign up to be added to the list. We’ll reach out with more details.

Our vision is to perpetuate food sovereignty by challenging the status quo as it relates to Hawaii’s food industry and our environment.

  • Ohana
  • Quality
  • Community
  • Tomorrow-minded
  • Continuous Improvement


Umekes Poke & Seafood Festival was born from an idea that Nakoa Pabre, Owner of Umekes, had to find the best poke chef through a high-stakes competition, while delivering a family-friendly experience that speaks to the Umekes mission. He was born and raised on the big island, a family man, and has a passion for preserving Hawaiian tradition by sourcing as many ingredients as possible from local fisherman, farmers, and ranchers. 

Umekes is a family-owned and operated business known for its award-winning poke and fish so fresh, it’s “Off Da Hook”.

This family-friendly event will feature Keiki’s Corner, with games and prizes, and vendors providing food, art, jewelry, and more. Enjoy live music, hula performances, and entertainment! 

Join us and be a part of the glue that keeps the Aloha spirit going.

Venue Info

74-5599 Pawai Pl, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

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  • Time : 8:00 pm - 8:00 pm (Pacific/Honolulu)
  • Registration Deadline : September 2, 2023 12:00 am

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Approval is based on space availability. $200 booth fee for a 10 x 10 space to build your booth. Vendors to provide all booth needs.

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Entry fee $200

Poke Throw Down

Volunteer Application

Must be able to lift at least 25 lbs and be on your feet for an extended period of time.