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New Year's Eve partiers pick fish

Syd Shizuru Syd Shizuru
Guy Tamashiro Guy Tamashiro
Rachel Acerador Rachel Acerador

By Zahid Arab - bio | email

KALIHI (KHNL)  - There's the champagne, the guests and confetti.

But what makes or breaks any New Years Eve party is of course the food!

There's the Thanksgiving Day turkey and Christmas ham.

But, in Hawaii, New Years is all about fish, as sashimi sales spike.

"Look at this one! It's bloody. I know, it's bloody!," said Customer Syd Shizuru.

Syd Shizuru and her son are inspecting.

"Look Kennedy, Lobster, want to touch it?," said Shizuru.

It's no murder mystery or search for clues, it's a quest to kick off the New Year on the right foot.

"It's a Japanese tradition to get a red fish. It's good luck so you have to get it whole and we got an Onaga," said Shizuru.

"To bring the new year in with good luck, prosperity you have to start the year off right," said Company Vice President Guy Tamashiro.

Tamashiro Market says the supply should be adequate this year. But, as always, the premium grade ahi isn't cheap. This year it's going for $29.95 a pound. But you can't put a price on a perfect evening.

"We're going to barbeque and drink to bring in New years with Fireworks and food," said Customer Rachel Acerador.

With meaning behind her New Year's munchies, Shizuru says coming to Tamashiro's is tradition to make her party tops.

"It's very important. Fish, food, family and just being together," said Shizuru.

Strategizing to make her food succulent and party memorable, Shizuru says shopping early to get the best selection is the only way to make this a...

"Happy New Year!," said Shizuru's son.

New Year's Eve is the busiest day of the year for Tamashiro Market.  It opens at 7:00am, but expect lines to start forming well before that.

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