Maui Food and Dining

“The 12 Days of Poke” at Auntie’s Kitchen

December 9, 2016, 1:03 PM HST
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Auntie’s Kitchen, the new restaurant at The Westin Kā‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas, will host “The 12 Days of Poke,” from Wednesday, Dec. 14 to Sunday, Dec. 25.

In addition to its regular menu, the restaurant will serve a different poke dish each day.

"The 12 Days of Poke" will take place at KOR with different poke recipes each day, like the Curry-stmas (pictured), and will benefit Imua Family Services. Photo Courtesy.

“The 12 Days of Poke” will take place at KOR with different poke recipes each day, like the Curry-stmas (pictured), and will benefit Imua Family Services. Photo Courtesy.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Imua Family Services, a Maui County non-profit organization with the mission of “empowering families and their children to reach their full potential.

“Auntie’s Kitchen is all about that feeling you get when you come home for the holidays,” said Brandon Maeda, director of food and beverage at KOR. “The 12 Days of Poke is a local twist on a fun Christmas classic and embodies both the warmth of the season and the spirit of giving back.”

The poke menu, created by Chef Tanya Doyle and Chef Brian Murphy, includes the traditional preparations with sashimi-grade fish, as well as not-so-classic preparations, such as non-fish-based poke.


In Hawaiian, poke means “to slice.” It is ubiquitous with raw fish, but poke can be made without fish. “The 12 Days of Poke” celebrates all varieties.


Flavors will include festive recipes such as:

  • Curry-stmas: ‘ahi with onions, apples, dried cranberries and toasted cashews tossed in curry oil (recipe below)
  • Tutu’s Big Fat Pigs: pork belly crisp with onions, tomatoes, vinegar, shoyu, patis and lime juice
  • Melon Kalikimaka: li hing mui compressed watermelon cubes with vanilla simple syrup, fingerlimes and toasted black sesame seeds
  • North Pole Poke: salmon with onions, green onions, sesame oil and alaea salt.

Curry-stmas Poke Recipe
4 oz ‘Ahi, diced
1 oz sweet onion, diced
1 oz apples, julienne
1 oz dried cranberries
1 tbsp cashews
2 oz curry oil
Toss all ingredients in a bowl and serve over hot rice.

Auntie’s Kitchen, which replaced Ocean Pool Bar and Grill in the same venue poolside off of KOR’s south lobby earlier this fall, is open daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., with breakfast served until 10:30 a.m.


Happy Hour is offered daily from 3 to 5 p.m. (excluding holidays and special events), with live music on Monday and Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. (schedule subject to change).

Self-parking is complimentary. For more information or to make a reservations, which are recommended, please visit here or call 808-667-3254.

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