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Oct 26, 2010 11:15 PM

3 Kaua'i Questions... Best Fish Markets on Kaua'i? Good local grinds? Farmers' Market Days?

The wife and I will be leaving for Kaua'i later this week, and I'd like to get the latest scoop on:

(A) the best fish markets on island. Am familiar (from years ago) with Dolfin in Hanalei, Kilauea Fish Market, and the place on the boardwalk in old Koloa Town. I know,,, what gets gets, but I am looking for a place that gets a decent ongoing selection of snapper (opakapaka, onaga, uku), black ulua, ono and a'u. Who do you recommend in 2010, and are there any tricks (like opening times, calling ahead, etc.)?

(B) the "go To" places for local grinds, with emphasis on old-style dishes like kalua pig, squid luau, poi, long rice, SPAM musube, etc.. Heard Aloha Diner is gone, know Ma's is :(. That sort of place.

(C) the days (start times) and places of the farmers' markets.


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  1. where are you staying is my first question. about 6 months ago supplies were down at both northshore places - just a slow fishing season. If they're catching them, they're selling them. I think costco has a day or two of fresh fish that is excellent at an great price as well.

    You can easily google farmers markets. I know there are two in Hanalei, tuesdays just north over the bridge in the afternoon and saturday mornings in town if I recall. Frozen chocolate dipped banana's = yum

    And keep your eyes out for local goat cheese. The lolikai was amazing

    1. WE like Fish express in Lihue across from Wilcox Memorial Hospital.
      We usually call ahead to see what the catch is.
      They do a brisk Lunch business.....for take-out.

      1. Sunshine markets:

        For food we go to Mark's Place, Imu Hut, Pono Market, Ara's, Fish Express, Ohana Diner (the hawaiian place in Waipouli shopping center, forget the name), Pupu Factory in Hanapepe, and of course fried chicken at Hanamaulu.

        Can't help you with the fish- my boyfriend is really into fishing so I don't really buy. But I think that opaka and onaga supplies are way down due to overfishing and subsequent fishing sanctions. I have gotten some at Costco for that tho. I don't think I've seen ulua sold at fish markets- sometimes on the side of the road, though.

        Mark's Place
        1610 Haleukana St Ste A, Lihue, HI 96766

        Ohana Cafe
        2-2436 Kaumualii Hwy, Kalaheo, HI 96741

        Fish Express
        3-3343 Kuhio Hwy, Lihue, HI 96766