Food La La: Kona Abalone opens at Ala Moana
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.
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).
Extra large abalone ($13).
Grilled medium abalone ($11 for 2 pieces).
Extra large abalone sashimi ($17).
Frozen abalone ($20 per pound).
Canned abalone ($32 per box).
Kona Abalone also sells abalone shells, which can be used as cute containers or jewelry.
Small abalone shells ($5 per 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.
Lindsey Muraoka blogs about food and drink for the Pulse. Contact her on Twitter or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.