Residents snap up sashimi to ring in the new year - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

Residents snap up sashimi to ring in the new year

By Victoria Cuba

Hawaii rings in the new year with the necessities: fireworks, family … and fish.

People were on the hunt for the perfect slice of sashimi on New Year’s Eve, and Tamashiro’s Market and Tanioka’s Seafood and Catering were the perfect places to find it.

“This time of the year is really a great opportunity to have some really good tasting ahi,” said Cyrus Tamashiro.

Customers, both old and new, lined up in the store with order after order for the fatty tuna and other seafood favorites.

Some even lined up three hours before the store’s 7 a.m. opening.

“Usually the ones who come earlier in the day are the ones who are really fish-lovers,” said Tamashiro. “So they're here right now.”

At Tanioka’s, people filled the store’s parking lot and lined up past the storefront.

“Almost every order had sashimi on it today,” said Justin Tanioka, general manager. “That's the main thing that everyone likes to eat on New Year’s.”

Tanioka’s catered twice as many orders as they had on Christmas Day. It was such a popular order, that the famous Waipahu store sold out of sashimi by noon.

But that didn’t stop customers from coming.

“People keep coming back because it's a tradition in Hawaii,” said Tanioka. “The prices were a little higher than last year, but not too bad.”

Ahi prices ranged of $18-$35 per pound to customers, depending on the cut. A small price to pay, residents said, to keep the Hawaii’s new year tradition alive.

“If you want it, you gotta pay for it,” said Jill Nakagawa, who drove to Tamashiro market from Aiea. “If you want the good stuff, you gotta pay for it.”

Copyright 2015 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved.

Powered by Frankly