Uncle Sharkii Poke Bar opens in Waikiki

Uncle Sharkii Poke Bar has opened at the International Market Place in Waikīkī. Patrons can find the 741 square foot store on Level 2 of Banyan Court.

The International Market Place location is a historic step for the brand, joining Waikiki’s premiere dining, shopping and entertainment destination.

“Entering the Honolulu market at the legendary International Market Place is a huge step for the Uncle Sharkii network,” stated Fen Reyes, Founder and CEO of Uncle Sharkii Poke Bar. “To say we are excited is an understatement. This move marks a monumental step in Uncle Sharkii’s brand history.”

Located in the heart of Waikiki, the reimagined International Market Place is home to more than 100 curated stores and restaurants, including this dedicated poke concept serving additional offerings like Boba Milk Teas & Dole Soft Serve.

The restaurant at International Market Place marks Uncle Sharkii’s third location within the Taubman portfolio of shopping centers. Uncle Sharkii’s restaurants can also be found in Sunvalley Shopping Center (Concord, CA) and City Creek Center (Salt Lake City).

Uncle Sharkii Poke Bar has secured over 32 signed franchise agreements and two corporate locations since its launch in 2019.

Co-Founder Raymond Reyes and COO of Uncle Sharkii is no stranger to the islands as he was born and raised in Hawaii.

“Poke is in my blood. Joining International Market Place is monumental not only for our brand, but for me on a personal level,” stated Raymond Reyes.

Uncle Sharkii Poke Bar was inspired by Raymond and Fen Reyes’ daughter, Melody, when she was gifted a plush Shark from her uncle. They celebrated the occasion with boba milk teas, ice cream, and desserts. Just after the event, the Reyes founding team came up with the name “Uncle Sharkii.”

“We are about company culture and identity, and we identify with the true spirit of aloha and the pride of being part of one really big ‘ohana,” stated Raymond Reyes.

The brand is steadily navigating their mission to bring healthy food to everyone.

“People should not be restricted to healthy, local food based on socioeconomic status, the community they grew up in or the family from which they come from,” pointed out Raymond Reyes. “Uncle Sharkii is truly about the spirit of aloha, so we welcome all.”

About Uncle Sharkii Poke Bar

Headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area in Northern California, Uncle Sharkii touts itself as one of the fastest growing quick service restaurant (QSR) poke concepts today, serving their delicious Poke Bowls, Boba Milk-Teas, & Dole Soft Serve. The company is actively expanding throughout the U.S. and Internationally and welcomes interested individuals to visit their franchise page for more information:

About International Market Place

International Market Place is a world-class shopping, dining, and entertainment destination located in the heart of Waikiki. The destination features a handpicked mix of upscale and lifestyle brands, including the first Saks Fifth Avenue in Hawaii. For more information, visit