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Oli Moon

Get to know Oli, the entrepreneur behind Poke Maoli, the first Poke place in Barcelona that everyone is talking about.    


You’ve lived in lot of different places, how come you ended up in Barcelona? 

My father is from here – I am half Spanish, half American. I have split my life 50/50 between those places.

Poke is the hot food of the moment, how did you spot the trend? 

I spotted it in October 2014 in California before it was even a trend. I saw it and it just made sense. Build your own bowl – delicious, healthy and affordable and all custom-made. Like a deconstructed sushi! And you don’t have to share!

Any exciting development with Poke Maoli coming soon? 

We have just launched our own delivery service at pokemaoli.com. We can now serve the whole Barcelona city centre.

What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?
Believe in yourself and trust your instincts.

Hot or cold: Cold.

Early bird or night owl: Night owl.

Beach or mountain: Beach.

Shirt or T-shirt: T-shirt.

Tuna or salmon: Tuna.

Hawaii or Barcelona: Barcelona.

Chop stick or fork: Chop stick.

Sweet or savoury: Savoury.

Black, Green or White? (Talking about Kailani obviously): Green.


Discover Chivuo’s, one of the best street food restaurants in Barcelona. Famous for its authentic sandwiches, home made chips and original craft beer. 

Location: Fortunately for us, we can enjoy Chivuo’s burgers throughout Barcelona. Raval, Gracia or Eixample, the toughest part is choosing.

Kind of food: Using their own words, we could say that the kind of food is « Slow Street Food ».

Price: €€

The Must-Try: Although we like them all, our favourite one is the « Chivuo’s » burger. The original recipe combines perfectly with the home made chips and the delicious barbacoa sauce. Then, you’ll only need to refresh yourself with a Kailani and enjoy the moment.

The Special Touch: The jam jars they use as glasses for the craft beer and the old glass bottles that contain the home made sauces give an authentic and friendly touch to all three restaurants.

Crowd: Young people from all around the world who share a passion for quality street food.

Dress Code: Jeans, a beard and Dr Martens.

The best table: The bigger the better so you can order more.

Good for: A Sunday night to finish the weekend as you deserve.

Poké Maoli

Let yourself be seduced by the Hawaiian flavours of Poké Maoli, the first Poke place of Barcelona that everyone is talking about. 

Location: You can almost feel the sand under your feet as it is located 10m away from the beach in Calle Sevilla 80 in La Barceloneta.

Kind of food: It’s own kind, the Poke bowls. A fresh mix of colourful and healthy products such as raw fresh fish, rice, quinoa, vegetables with sweet or savoury sauce.

Price: €€

The Must-Try: In Poke Maoli, you do it your way. The possibilities are endless, you just have to let your inspiration and your stomach decide for you.

The Special Touch: The location of Poke Maoli is perfect. In 2min you can enjoy your Poke Maoli in its sustainable bowl on the beach of Barceloneta. What more could you ask for?

Crowd: Tourists, beach addicts, neighbours all agree that there is something addictive about those bowls.

Dress code: Hawaiian shirt, flip flops and a smile.

The Best Table:  Bare feet on the beach, with the W Hotel on the right and « The Cubes » on your left.

Good for:  Relaxed, healthy lunch break.



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Liz Evans

Discover Liz Evans, the talented photographer behind the Kailani People project. 

Did you enjoy shooting Kailani People for our new website? 

Absolutely! And this is just the start of what we hope will be an ongoing project, celebrating the talent and energy that’s out there in abundance in this city.

What were some of the challenges?

The biggest challenge is keeping the style of the images cohesive, despite shooting inside and out, early, late, when it’s super bright and yes, sometimes it’s overcast here! A lot of elements have to come together in a short space of time to end up with something special, so you need a bit of pre visualisation, a lot of thinking on your feet, charm, skill, luck! Oh and Guy as an assistant 😉

Do you have any tricks to bring out the personalities of the subjects?

A Kailani helps everyone relax! 😉

Most entrepreneurs understand that their image is fundamental to their brand. Consumers want to put a face to a product, we’re interested in provenance, the back story, we want that connection. My job is to show them off in their best light, capture the glint in their eye, the energy, their intensity, maybe the dynamic between them. These people unwittingly give off something special, I can just let them be themselves while I concentrate on aesthetics.

Describe your style as a portrait photographer?

Stylized, saturated, contrasty, conceptual. Hyperreal real life.

Whose work has influenced you most?

My Dad was a professional photographer so I grew up around a big advertising studio. His attention to detail was second to none. I hold him in the highest esteem. He was bonafide old school talent, a total pedant with a sharp hungry eye.

Among your works, which one is your favourite? Why?

Probably this. It was the morning that the Brexit result had been announced and shards of sun spiked through the bathroom blinds as my kid sat wrapped in a towel after a shower. It says something about disbelief, the future, how bright it should be, how it’s all in their hands, all those clichés…


For you, what makes a good picture? 

Light play. Really seeing it and using it to effect. That and a great space, a great face, texture, perspective, colour, composition… all those elements I mentioned that have to somehow magically come together.

An item you couldn’t live without? 

The Gary Fong light diffuser on my flash that everyone sniggers at but works like a dream.

What was the last song that was stuck in your head?

Mala Rodríguez -Quien Manda is on repeat in our house as it’s the kids’ mate’s Mum.

Early bird or night owl? Sometimes both, sometimes neither!

Beach or Mountain? Mountain.

Portrait or landscape? Portrait!

Colour or black and white? Colour colour colour (and black and white).

Smiling or serious? Serious with smiling eyes is always a winner.

Dawn or dusk light? Dusk for sure.

Inside or outside? Depends.

Natural or posed? Posed. The sooner we learn to the better!

Green, white or black? Kailani of course 😉 Hmmmm, love them all but I go green, given the choice.