We just returned from two very rainy weeks on the north shore of Kauai. While there we made numerous trips to the Kilauea Fish Market, a tiny gem tucked away in Kiliauea, the town where we’ve stayed on both of our trips to this Hawaiian island. By the end our vacation we were regulars, faithfully stopping by to get an order to go, a brilliant plan because dining out with a toddler is a challenge. Plus we had a lovely, private and quiet (except for the toddler) cottage to return to.
There’s so much to like about this place: it’s convenient (if you’re staying in, or passing through, Kilauea), service was quick (it typically took about 15 minutes to prepare our meal), the little shopping center where the fish market is located (skate and surfboard shop, gift shop) is cute, you can eat outside on the patio or take your food to go, the staff is friendly. But the main reason I heart Kilauea Fish Market–the fish is outta this world!
It really didn’t matter what we ordered: Cajun Ahi fish plate, fish tacos, seaweed salad, Ahi poke, or burritos (okay, not on this trip, but the last trip before Big Papa went gluten-free)–we tried almost everything on the menu–and it was all mouth-watering delicious. Fish plates came served with a side of rice (brown or white) and your choice of green salad or potato-macaroni salad and you could order your fish to specification (seared, cooked through).
Usually we got a couple fish plates to go, but on one occasion we ordered a pound of Ono fish to take home and prepare ourselves. In Hawaiian, Ono means “sweet, very good to eat,” and another name for Ono is Wahoo! How could you not like a fish called Wahoo?
Kilauea, I don’t miss the torrential downpours we encountered during our vacation, but I sure do miss your fish!
More posts about our Kauai trip to follow–Aloha!
Take the road less traveled, Beth
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