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A Taste of Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa

Armchair-travel with us to beautiful Hawai`i, where the newest Disney resort is getting ready to open in late August in Ko Olina on the island of O`ahu. We recently got a sneak peek of the stunning resort, and a visit with Chef Patrick Callarec, who graciously showed us his secrets to making tuna poke (PO-kay), one of the signature dishes at the resort’s `AMA`AMA – Contemporary Island Cooking restaurant. (For a quick lesson in Hawaiian, `ama`ama [ah-mah-ah-mah] is a fish abundant in the waters surrounding O`ahu.)

Every chef in Hawai`i has their own version of this popular sashimi dish, seasoned in many variations. Chef Patrick shows you his version made with locally sourced seasonings, while our recipe offers a style that is created with easy-to-find ingredients.

You also can taste tuna poke at this year’s Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, where the new Hawai`i Marketplace will feature this version. Made with the freshest sushi-grade tuna, it takes just a couple of minutes to toss together this taste of Hawai`i.

Are you planning to visit Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa? Chef Patrick invites you to come experience the newest Disney resort!

Tuna Poke
Serves 6 as an appetizer

1 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger
2 tablespoons sesame oil
2 tablespoons yuzu juice
Juice of 1 lime
1 tablespoon finely minced garlic
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds, plus additional for garnish
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 teaspoon wasabi powder
1/8 teaspoon sugar
2 pounds fresh sushi-grade tuna, cubed
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Favorite prepared seaweed salad, for serving

  1. Whisk together soy sauce, ginger, sesame oil, yuzu juice, lime juice, garlic, sesame seeds, vinegar, wasabi powder, and sugar in a large bowl.
  2. Add tuna to mixture and toss to coat. Season with pepper, to taste. Refrigerate 5 to 10 minutes.
  3. Place a bit of seaweed salad in the bottom of a small dish. Top with tuna and garnish with toasted sesame seeds.

Cook’s note: Yuzu is a sour Japanese citrus fruit you can purchase in some supermarkets and in Asian grocery stores. If you can’t find it, substitute 1 tablespoon lime juice and 1 tablespoon orange juice.


  • Pam, Please post more about Aulani. We just made reservations and want to know more! Will there be an authentic Hawaiian Luau, Disney style? The website mentions cooking classes. Will there be a class I could do with my teenage daughters? Thank you

  • Actually, Diane, lomi lomi is made with salted salmon, onions and tomatoes and has to me ‘massaged’ with your hands (thus the term lomi lomi that means to massage) in ice cold water several times to dilute the saltiness….The recipe above is called poke (po-kay) and it is also made with raw fish and seasonings….this one is made with yellow fin tuna (‘ahi)

  • Looks more like Lomi Lomi Salad to me (don’t know if that spelled correctly but all I know is it’s raw fish and it’s goooood!)

  • My husband & I love the Poke Ahi from the new Trader Sam’s in Anaheim. Any chance on getting that recipe?

  • Every aspect of Disney’s Aulani Resort & Spa looks amazing. Someday I hope to visit with my family!

  • Looks delicious! Or, as we say here in Hawaii, ono!

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