Alicia’s Market opens Poke Express in Kalihi


After six months, a popular Kalihi eatery has returned.

A two-alarm fire forced Alicia’s Market to close on June 7. Owner Leonard Kam has been searching for a way to reopen ever since.

On Monday, he opened a “Poke Express” shop just a few doors down from the market’s original location on Mokauea Street.

“We found out the best place was right here where we started from. We’re lucky to have this vacant spot available to utilize the express to serve what we can to help customers who have been longing for our food for a while,” Kam said.

As a temporary express location, the shop currently serves sirloin roast and a selection of poke.

“We didn’t know what to expect actually,” Kam said. “Just to open from scratch, I’ve never done it before, because my parents started business from before and we always had things to continue to add on to. Starting from scratch is a new experience for us.”

But customers don’t seem to mind. “I was happy. That’s why we came straight over here,” said Ewa Beach resident Peter Manu.

Hours are Mondays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Track updates on the eatery’s Instagram account.

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