Above are images of ahi tuna poke. What is ahi tuna poke and why is it my artifact? Good question. Ahi tuna poke or just "poke" as it is known in Hawaii, is diced and marinated blocks of raw yellowfin or "ahi" tuna. The tuna is usually prepared with sesame oil, chili pepper, and soy sauce. It is a simple dish, but when the fish is fresh and it is prepared the proper way, this dish can be life-changing just like it how it was for me. This is my artifact because I think of it as the dish that made me a foodie. During a trip to Hawaii with my family, I went grocery shopping with my mom and I saw the chef preparing ahi tuna poke. I didn't know what it was, but I was always curious to try new foods. The second I tasted it, I fell in love. The flavor, the texture, the spice, the freshness, the combination of ingredients, the simplicity, and the taste. Everything about it was incredible. I was instantly in love. When I had that ahi tuna poke in Hawaii, that is when I knew I loved food, and I wanted to explore every different angle of it I could. Unfortunately, I haven't truly had ahi tuna poke since. Nothing ever compares to the pure and fresh ahi tuna poke of the Big Island of Hawaii. This is the dish that peaked my interest and it represents everything I love about food. It is great tasting, original, unique, representative and can only be prepared properly exactly where it is originated. I am forever indebted to ahi tuna poke.