[Ads-l] Hawaiian "poke"

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu Aug 2 23:44:44 EDT 2018

Another coinkidink:

Your message came into my mailer immediately after one from a colleague agreeing to lunch on Tuesday at our local poke place, but it’s not Aloha.  Rather, Pokémoto, which as far as I know doesn’t have an avatar in Hawaii.  It’s good stuff, that poke, OED or NOED!


> On Aug 2, 2018, at 11:27 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> What a coinkidink!
> From an on-line petition:
> We call upon Aloha _Poke_ Company, LLC to “cease and desist” from the use
> of the words “Aloha”, “Aloha _Poke_” and “_Poke_" from all current and
> future businesses. We understand that this will come at some cost to you,
> but we think that cost to a multi-million dollar company is comparable to
> the cost that you have asked these small families to suffer when you have
> demanded they remove theirs.
> Mahalo nui loa, (not copywrited, still not yours to have)
> On Tue, Jul 31, 2018 at 3:22 PM MULLINS, WILLIAM D (Bill) CIV USARMY RDECOM
> AMRDEC (US) <william.d.mullins18.civ at mail.mil> wrote:
>> See here for background:
>> https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/food/wp/2018/07/30/a-midwestern-chain-told-hawaiians-to-stop-using-aloha-with-poke-igniting-a-heated-debate/?utm_term=.1d71b88c53c9
>> OED doesn't seem to have this sense of "poke".
>> _Honolulu Star-Bulletin_ 22 Sep 1956 p 10 col 2
>> "The menu of the five-hour feast included: kalua pig fresh from the imu,
>> lomilomi salmon, lehua poi, aku lawalu (tuna dried and baked in imu with
>> the pig), aku poke ia (raw fish), opihis (pickled raw mussles), chicken
>> long rice, limu (seaweed), kulolo (taro and coconut pudding baked in the
>> imu), and haupia (coconut milk pudding)."
>> _Honolulu Star-Bulletin_ 21 Mar 1979 p E-2 col 4 [display adv]
>> "TAKO POKE .... lb. 3.98"
>> _Los Angeles Times_20 Jul 1995 p H14 col 6
>> "The Fourth Annual Sam Choy Aloha Poke Recipe Contest is under way this
>> month."
>> _Honolulu Weekly_ 17 Jul 1996 p 23 col 2
>> "This meal also includes items from the buffet: poke (of tombo ahi in this
>> case), fried chicken drummettes, potato salad with tobiko (quite good,
>> actually) and tasty nishime (simmered carrots, bamboo shoots and dasheen
>> with bits of chicken.)"
>> [note usage of "drummette", which OED also lacks]
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