What is Poke bowl? Poke bowl is a dish that is vibrant, fresh and trendy. It originated in Hawaii, dating as far back as the first Hawaiians that set foot on the island. It emerged around 1970s when fishermen in Hawaii used simple recipes to create hearty snacks. Poke in Hawaiian means “to cut crosswise into pieces,” essentially it is a fish salad which resembles a burrito bowl but with a sushi twist to it. So imagine all of your favorite sushi ingredients in one bowl… YUM!