Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Honolulu Fish Auction

Early each morning, fish buyers from restaurants and markets head down to the Honolulu Fish Auction on Pier 38. It's the only one of its kind in the western United States. Pictured above are bidders looking at ‘ahi (yellow-fin tuna) to purchase. The fish for sale are all fresh from fishing boats that unloaded their catch hours before the auction's start.

We had an opportunity to go before the New Year. In Hawai‘i, ‘ahi is in high demand during this time of the year, as it a Japanese custom to have sashimi (raw tuna slices) included in the New Year's celebrations. This also drives up the price to over $40 per pound (retail) for premium grade ‘ahi.

1 comment:

Pat Tillett said...

Oh yum! This is good anytime!