Food La La: Kona Abalone opens at Ala Moana

Feb. 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

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BY LINDSEY MURAOKA / Special to the Star-Advertiser

If you’ve ever been to the Kapiolani Community College Farmers Market on a Saturday morning, you know Kona Abalone is one of the most popular vendors every week. They have long lines of people waiting to try their mouth-watering, locally-raised pieces of grilled abalone topped with butter or ponzu sauce.

Now you don’t have to wait until the weekend to get abalone — Kona Abalone opened a store in the Makai Market food court at Ala Moana Center this week.

I attended the grand opening on Tuesday and got to try a sampling of grilled abalone, abalone rice and smoked salmon. The abalone does not disappoint! They are fresh, succulent and have a satisfying, textured crunch in every bite.

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The type of abalone sold is Ezo (Northern Japanese) grown in Kona by the Big Island Abalone Corporation. They have an inventory of more than 4,000,000 abalone in their hatchery, nursery and tanks. The price varies by size. These abalone were still alive and moving!

Small abalone ($15 for 8 pieces).

Small size abalone ($15 for 8 pieces).

Extra large abalone ($13).

Extra large size abalone ($13).

Grilled medium abalone ($11 for 2 pieces).

Grilled abalone medium size ($11 for 2 pieces)

Extra large abalone sashimi ($17).

Extra large abalone sashimi ($17).

Frozen abalone ($20 per pound).

Frozen abalone ($20 per lb.)

Boxes of dried abalone

Canned abalone ($32 per box).

Canned abalone ($32 a box).

Kona Abalone also sells abalone shells, which can be used as cute containers or jewelry.

Small abalone shells ($5 per bag).

Small abalone shells ($5 a bag)

Kona Abalone is open from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays, except center holidays. Call (808) 941-4120 or visit bigislandabalone.com.
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Lindsey Muraoka blogs about food and drink for the Pulse. Contact her on Twitter or via email at foodlalablog@gmail.com.

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