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Fish and Poi, Song by Sean Na’auao 🎶

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Fish and Poi is a famous song that chronicles our favorite Hawaiian and local foods! Here are the lyrics and details on all the good grinds (eats) in the song.

Some of the many dishes mentioned in the Fish and Poi song! (This spread is from Helena's Hawaiian Food)
Some of the many dishes mentioned in the Fish and Poi song! (This spread is from Helena's Hawaiian Food)

Do you know Sean Na’auao's Fish and Poi song? It is one of my favorite Hawaii songs ^_^

It's a song about Hawaiian food and local food! A entire song devoted to our favorite grinds (eats). Fish and Poi came out in 1998 and was an immediate hit.

I know the song by heart (many friends do as well). Pick a karaoke song? This would be it! I was especially grateful for Fish and Poi during NYC college years when I was missing home so much.

Listen To The Fish and Poi Song

Listen to Fish and Poi on Youtube.

Fish and Poi is also the first song on the OnoliciousHawaii Spotify playlist.

Fish and Poi tells the story of a guy who's missing Hawaii big time. He's traveled many places but no places satisfies like home. He calls up his bruddahs (buddies) as he heads home, and starts thinking about the good grinds he'll eat soon. All the good stuff like fish and poi, shoyu poke, and lau lau.

What Foods Are In This Song?

🎶 Every highlighted food word in the lyrics below link to a matching food post on Onolicious! Click the links to learn about the foods in the song 🎶

Fish and Poi Song Lyrics

Verse 1:
I've been many places, tasted all the flavors
If there's one thing I can't understand, it's why I'm never satisfied
There's nothing like the feeling, when you start craving
Flashbacks reminiscing about that one very first luau

Bridge:
Soon as I start to head back home
I call my bruddahs up on the phone
We're heading down to that special place
Where you can bulk up for days

Verse 2:
Can't forget Papa's specialty
And Mama's poi mochi
Smoke meat, shoyu poke wit da rice can make a bad day feel real nice

Bridge:
I'm flashing back all over again
I know you feel what I'm feeling within
And every local boy would agree
That it's just the Hawaiian in me

Chorus:
I like my fish and poi, I'm a big boy
Lomi salmon, pipikaula, extra large lilikoi
Squid or chicken lu'au, don't forget the lau lau
Beef or tripe stew just to name a few, oh yeah

Reggae:
Me say
Me come from Hawaii me love de fish and de poi
Me eat da food 'cause me real big boy
Here da local girls yeah dey know what we need
They serve the food extra scoop of everything 'cause
I love de fishes baby I love de poi
Wit pipikaula extra rice on de side
Hawaiian food is like a rollercoaster ride
And me not goin' stop until this Hawaiian's fine

Chorus:
I like my fish and poi, I'm a big boy
Lomi salmon, pipikaula, extra large lilikoi
Squid or chicken lu'au, don't forget the lau lau
Beef or tripe stew just to name a few, oh yeah

Oh yeah
Oh yeah

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Brent

Monday 6th of July 2020

I'm reminded of a couple other songs referencing Hawaii food - "Island Style" by John Cruz is one.

Another I recently thought of because I just mail ordered Sun Noodle shelf-stable saimin kits - Frank de Lima's "Don't Sneeze When You Eat Saimin"...fun song!

Kathy Chan

Monday 6th of July 2020

Hi Brent! Aw I love the Island Style song :)

Omg I didn't know about that Frank de Lima song! I just looked it up ahaha, that is a good one. The packaging for the Sun Noodle saimin kits look super cool, love it! Especially the dry mein ^_^

- Kathy