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The Favorite and Tasty Fishes of Hawaii

by BC Doan on 03/06/08 at 3:12 am

If you are vacationing in Hawaii, why not include a fishing trip adventure, and catch one of the most tasty fishes of Hawaiian.

In addition to endless sun, sand, ocean waves, and tropical weather, you have to think about foods to eat. How exciting it would be if you could catch your own dinner by going on a fishing adventure? Imagine the joy of reeling in one of these most tasty and popular fishes of Hawaii.

Mahimahi/Dolphin Fish/Dorado

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It is sometimes called the Dolphin fish, or Dorado. The mahimahi is a favorite among seafood lovers world-wide. The mahimahi often gathered in schools and usually found throughout the Pacific, and in warm water of Florida.

This fish has a light pink flesh which turns white once cooked, moist, flaky, and mild flavored.


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The ulua is also known as pompano, but when it is less than 10 pounds, it is known as Papio. This is the ultimate game fish in Hawaii since it can be caught off shore by rod and reel.


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Ono is also known as Wahoo, and means good to eat in Hawaiian. This fish has a white, flaky, delicate, sweet, and lean taste. The ono becomes popular in recent years when chefs look for substitution to the mahimahi.

Onaga/Ruby Snapper/Long-Tail Red Snapper

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Onaga is also known as long-tail red snapper or ruby snapper. This is Hawaiian favorite fish. The onaga has a light pink flesh, and second most important bottomfish in total weight and value. It is peak during December, in demand for New Year, and wedding celebrations.
Onaga has a delicate taste and often use to serve raw (sashimi style).

Ahi/Bigeye/Yellowfin Tuna

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Ahi is also known as Bigeye and Yellowfin tuna, and the word ahi means fire. Ahi is in the tuna species, and can be served raw (sashimi style).

Ahi has a deep red color flesh, which turns white once cooked. The fat content is higher in the larger fishes, deeper red color, and higher price.

Well, if you did not catch one of these fishes for dinner, you know a little more about them when you are in the restaurant.

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tracy sardelli

Jun 3rd, 2008

very interesting great photo’s, thank you for sharing.


Jun 3rd, 2008

very good article, well done.


Jun 3rd, 2008

Interesting! Thanks for sharing.

quiet voice

Jun 3rd, 2008

…Hi IC, what great pictures,
and very interesting information,
presented so nicely. Thank you.
Take care.


Jun 3rd, 2008

Now that’s what I call fishing!


Jun 3rd, 2008

Outstanding job on this one!! Fishing is one of my Favorites, when I have the time! These beauties make my catches look tiny!

Darlene McFarlane

Jun 3rd, 2008

Very good article, Icy.


Jun 3rd, 2008

Very interesting article and attractive pictures.

Ed Moore

Jun 3rd, 2008

I can vouch for the Dolphin fish and red snapper. Deeeelicious! Nice job, icy. Please pass the lemon sauce and another glass of white wine, please!


Jun 3rd, 2008

They look s beautiful. As much as I like fish, I can’t eat it if I see it like that. I’d have to throw them back in. I know it’s wierd.

Jie T. Elins

Jun 3rd, 2008

I’ll be honest, I was too interested in reading about the fish, but the photos are terrific! My favorite is the second one where the fish looks like it could eat the fisher!

C A Johnson

Jun 3rd, 2008

Great article, Icy. My father goes fishing so I think he would enjoy that if he ever went to Hawaii.

Ruby Hawk

Jun 3rd, 2008

My son and grandsons would really enjoy the fishing.

Judy Sheldon

Jun 3rd, 2008

Nice catch, Icy. ^^

The pictures and article are beautiful. Some day maybe…

Take care.

Anne Lyken-Garner

Jun 4th, 2008

I could not believe the size of those fish in your article. Amazing. I learned a lot of new information here, even though I like eating fish, I haven’t before taken the time off to learn about them.

nobert soloria bermosa

Jun 4th, 2008

interesting article, those fishes are really tasty

Liane Schmidt

Jun 6th, 2008

Whoa! That first fish is amazing! Nice article.

Best wishes.


-Liane Schmidt.

Dee Huff

Jun 7th, 2008

That first fish was so pretty. I’m not a big fish eater, but I do like Red Snapper. The one called Wahoo sounds as if I might like it, because I don’t enjoy strong flavoured or stinky fish. Really interesting article.

Lucy Lockett

Jun 7th, 2008

Great article, I have seen Mahimahi in the supermarket and wondered what it was, now I know! Thanks for the neat pictures and info.

Alexa Gates

Jun 8th, 2008

those fish are huge!!

Nicki B.

Jun 12th, 2008

I love fishing… but I really love more eating Mahi Mahi in fajitas or tacos (especially the tacos at Baja Fresh).
Thanks for sharing.
-Nicki B.

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