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Fish and fireworks to bring in the new year

Greg Tamashiro Greg Tamashiro
A Tamashiro Market patron A Tamashiro Market patron
Fish for sale at Tamashiro's Fish for sale at Tamashiro's
A late rush for fireworks at Don Quixote A late rush for fireworks at Don Quixote
Bill Richardson Bill Richardson

By Brooks Baehr - bio | email 

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - For a lot of people, the year just wouldn't be complete if it didn't end with fish and fireworks.

When Tamashiro Market opened this morning, people were already outside waiting to get in.  The attraction: fresh fish said to bring good luck and prosperity in the new year.

Guy Tamashiro said, "Well, it's a crazy day.  A lot of people are buying.  It's a mad rush and we are running out of a few different grades, so the people who shop early usually get their first pick."

One customer said, "I've been standing in line for about 20 minutes." 

"Is it worth it?", this reporter asked. 

"Totally worth it.", she responded.  "The best.  These guys know everything.  It's so much fun to shop at Tamashiro because they have everything and the people tell you how to cook it and it's really fun."

Premium cuts of ahi were selling for about 30-bucks a pound.

Every year is a little different, the economic conditions are a little different, the supply is different, everything changes, you can never just get it right. It just changes every year.

Some types and grades of fish were gone by late morning.  And if you haven't bought yours by now, forget it.  At least at Tamashiro's.  They closed at 6 p.m..

The other hot item today: fireworks.

People packed the aisles at Don Quixote, stocking up before the law changes January 2nd.

Next year you are only allowed firecrackers.  You can't have the ground bloomers.  You're not going to have sparklers.  You're not going to have morning glories.  All you're going to have is the bang and the paper next year.

There'll be plenty of bang tonight, too.  The city sold about 2,000 more firecracker permits this year than last.  That translates to about 10-million more firecrackers on Oahu.

Fireworks salesman Bill Richardson explained, "From yesterday and today it's been a constant flow from early in the morning.  A lot of lookers the first two, three days.  And then they started spending money Wednesday, Thursday, Friday."

If you've got fireworks ... remember they can only be used legally between 9 p.m. on New Year's Eve through 1 a.m. the following day.


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