Poke means to slice, section, cut crosswise into pieces;
Poke is a native Hawaiian cuisine; seasoned, diced raw fish, octopus, and/or shellfish. Traditional poke served sliced, cubed, or smashed is seasoned and prepared with sea salt, ‘inamona, dried or roasted kukui nut (candlenuts), & various limu (seaweed).
With Japanese & other outside influence Hawai’i Locals have excepted non-Hawaiian ingredients such as shoyu (soy sauce), sesame seed, sesame oil, furikake, onion, green onion, Hawaiian chili pepper, even adding mayo-Sriracha into the mix of it, sort of as a modern day traditional flare. Poke bowls served with rice have made it’s way to Hawai’i mainstream. All, probably because poke was “reinvented” in Hawai’i by kama’aina.
Real Hawaiian poke is NOT sushi. Hawaiian-Asian fusion poke is one thing, but calling it a salad and serving it with, corn, lettuce, wraps, croutons, peas, beans, or sliced cucumbers. is a big No-No, ‘a’ole!