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Aloha! We are Regan and Louie Colburn. We started Ohana Island Kitchen in June 2016 out of a take-out window across the street at the Truffle Table. We are a veteran-owned and family-operated business. Louie was born in Japan and grew up in Hawaii from age four. Regan is a Colorado Springs native. We exercise meticulous care in the preparation of our food. Our food is made from scratch each day; true to the flavors of Louie’s Hawaiian upbringing in Kaneohe, on the island of Oahu. During our first week operating from our take-out window, we were thrilled to see customers come back; each time they brought a new friend or family member and soon our single picnic table was not enough! We added one more picnic table, a couple umbrellas, and transported Hawaii’s island vibe to LoHi. Regulars would tell us we brought everything but the beach! What started as a small operation quickly gained traction, and we luckily found our own space in this historic building in the fall of 2016. Our menu is small because it is an extension of our original take-out window menu—constrained by the space limitations of a shared kitchen & pop-up concept. Louie was required to creatively overlap minimal ingredients and still make tasty Hawaiian food. We are credited as being Denver’s OG poke spot; selling poke only as a weekend special before the poke craze took off two summers ago. We sold out each time; customers would tell us it tastes just like you get in Hawaii—simple, deeply-flavored and with no-frills. While you may not see all of your favorite island staples on our menu, we serve each and every item with the highest degree of excellence and consistency. This is what keeps our regulars coming back, and this is our backbone; especially in garnering recognition from food critics and media. Thank you for visiting Ohana Island Kitchen. We hope to brighten your day with our purposefully-crafted food and deep Aloha spirit.

  • Michael Waring
    Blown away. Beyond delicious. (I recommend reading the “info” side of the menu to appreciate how the business came to be. Legit OG Hawaiian roots.) I can already tell that future poké places I visit will be judged against this as the standard.
    Michael Waring
    Google
  • Kate Hunyor
    Not only amazing food, but the perfect patio to enjoy it in 💕
    Kate Hunyor
    facebook
  • Samuel S.
    This is hands down THE BEST HAWAIIAN restaurant in Colorado!!! It's a bit on the pricey side being situated in the highlands, but worth every penny! Where do I begin....
    Samuel S.
    Yelp
  • Brian Skeats
    My workplace loves Ohana. It's a daily conversation deciding if we should stop it. It's always a worthwhile conversation. The food is fantastic, the staff is amazing, and the outdoor seating is great. If you haven't eaten at Ohana's, you should. ASAP.
    Brian Skeats
    Google
  • Chhandashiki Das
    I have yet to try something on the menu that I haven't loved - the food is fresh and bursting with flavors. The team here is absolutely delightful and it's a treat to make time out of my week to visit this place!
    Chhandashiki Das
    Facebook
  • Jim Helmink
    I've only had poke once before. But this was phenomenal. I got the spicy tuna poke and the fish was fresh and there was a lot of flavor in the sauce. The macaroni salad had a lot of unique flavors too. The staff was very friendly.
    Jim Helmink
    Google
  • Alex L
    If you ever want to know how authentic poke tastes, you have come to the right place! I have come back numerous times and have finally landed on ordering spicy poke all the time.
    Alex L
    Yelp
  • Amber Ro
    Amazing flavor! Definitely a hidden gem 💎
    Amber Ro
    Facebook
  • Russell Decker
    This is hands down the best poke I’ve ever had... it’s always SO fresh and delicious. I always get the spicy tuna poke bowl - it’s too good I don’t venture off the menu but I’m sure everything else is just as delicious
    Russell Decker
    Google
  • Everything is so amazing, but the pork sliders are by far my favorite!!
    Madeline M
    via Facebook
  • Staff is friendly and accommodating. The food tastes great.
    Stefanie L.
    YELP
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Notoriety

February 24, 2019

The Best Poke Spots Around the U.S.

As reported by Zagat.com   The traditional Hawaiian dish, poke (pronounced POH-kay) has become one of the fastest growing food trends in recent years. It first […]
February 24, 2019

Poke, Hawaiian Food and Ohana Island Kitchen

As reported by Westword   When we named Ohana Island Kitchen the Best Fast-Casual Concept in the Best of Denver 2017, we noted that we’d like to see an outpost of […]
February 24, 2019

15 Poke Bowls to Try in Denver

Served over grains or greens, this Hawaiian staple has exploded in landlocked Denver by Gigi Sukin  Updated May 23, 2018, 12:06pm MDT Along the Hawaiian island archipelago, poke — […]
February 24, 2019

Best Poke Bowls in Denver

As featured in Zagat.com   With new poke joints popping up at every turn, a simple search for a solid bowl of the Hawaiian sensation could […]
February 24, 2019

Westwords best poke:Reader’s Choice

As posted in Westword     While culinary trends tend to take over menus in waves, poke is now hitting Denver with tsunami force, with entire eateries dedicated […]
February 24, 2019

The 15 Best Places for Rice Bowls in Denver

8. Ohana Island Kitchen 2563 15th St #105, Denver, CO Hawaiian Restaurant · Highland · 3 tips and reviews Pashmina: Finally. A good poke tuna bowl place in Denver. […]
February 23, 2019

Bites with Blondie: Denver’s Slice of Hawaiian Paradise

As reported on ondenver.com In June 2016, Louie and Regan Colburn opened Ohana Island Kitchen–a tribute to Louie’s Japanese/Hawaiian upbringing. Ohana Island Kitchen, although small in size […]
February 23, 2019

10 POKE PLACES TO TRY IN DENVER

As featured in 303 magazine   Ohana Island Kitchen   The Lowdown: Husband and wife duo, Louie and Regan Colburn, opened up Ohana Island Kitchen in 2016. Louie was […]
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