Experiencing Hawaii’s seafood bounty is a must on any visit to the Islands. From fish markets and poke shops to fine dining restaurants, there are countless places statewide where visitors can taste seafood procured from Pacific Ocean waters surrounding Hawaii.
Below are a several ways you’ll want to advise your clients to experience Hawaii seafood during their time in the Aloha State:
1) At Fish Markets. Hawaii fish markets are some of the best places to find and purchase fresh, locally caught seafood. In addition to selling whole and cut fresh catch for home cooking, several markets even include attached eateries where customers can enjoy local seafood cooked to order. Make sure your clients know about the delicious lobster salad sandwich served up at Fish Market Maui or, on Oahu, the furikake pan-seared ahi (tuna) at Nico’s Pier 38.
2) At Poke Shops. Though the gustatory joys of poke have now spread worldwide, you haven’t really tasted poke until you’ve tasted it in Hawaii. The traditional recipe – calling for cubed, fresh raw ahi mixed with sea salt, limu (seaweed) and chopped inamona(candlenut) as ingredients – is a go-to snack for residents and visitors. Multiple varieties of poke can be found at favorite poke shops and food trucks across the Islands. Hanalei Pokefood truck on Kauai is an excellent place to pick up delicious fresh poke on the way to exploring the island’s north shore. On Oahu, suggest clients sample the cold ginger ahi poke at Off the Hook Poke Market, or the traditional Hawaiian-style poke at Ahi Assassins Fish Co. Hawaii’s long list of poke shops also includes Eskimo Candy on Maui, Oahu and Kauai, and Suisan Fish Market on the island of Hawaii.