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Ehu or short-tail red snapper, looks similar to its bottomfish cousin, the Onaga. Ehu have a shorter tail than Onaga and can be distinguished a distinct yellow stripe running along the upper third of its body from head to tail. Like many of the deep-sea snappers of Hawai‘i, Ehu live near underwater headlands and areas of high relief such as seamounts anywhere from 600 to 1,000 feet deep. They are part of the heavily managed “Deep Seven Bottomfish” of Hawai’I which also includes Opakapaka, Onaga, Kalekale, Lehi, Gindai, and Hapuʻupuʻu. Learn More.
Opakapaka, also known as Hawaiian pink snapper, is found at depths between 180 and 600 feet. Opakapaka has a clear, light pink flesh with a delicate flavor that has earned it the reputation as Hawaiʻi’s premium snapper. Caught year-round in the Hawaiian Islands, there is a distinct peak in landings during the winter season (October-February), particularly in the fishery around the main Hawaiian Islands. Fish caught during the winter months tend to have a higher fat content than those caught in the summer, and opakapaka yields the best sashimi during the winter. Opakapaka range in size from 1 to 18 pounds. It grows larger in the Hawaiian Islands than anywhere else in the South Pacific. Opakapaka are harvested exclusively with vertical hook-and-line gear. Learn More.
Ono or wahoo is a close relative of the king mackerel. Built like a torpedo, they are fast swimmers. Ono are most available in Hawaiʻi during the summer and fall (May-October). Ono may grow to more than 100 pounds in weight, but the usual size of the fish caught in Hawaiʻi is 8 to 30 pounds. Hawaiian ono are line-caught with the majority of catch attributed to longline boats and some trollers using lures and baits. European explorers who first mapped the Hawaiian Islands found ono to be plentiful off the island of Oʻahu. Maps of the time indicate that a very common spelling of the word “Oahu” was “Wahoo,” and this is believed to be the origin of the fish’s other name. Learn More
Two species of pomfret, also known as monchong in Hawaii are harvested in small quantities by the longline and bottomfish handline fisheries. The predominant species is the sickle pomfret, distinguished by the forked shape of its fins and large scales. Monchong are landed and marketed fresh, sold at the Honolulu fish auction. Restaurants are the primary customers for monchong in Hawaii and the rest of the U.S. All Hawaii monchong are line-caught. Longline boats harvest most of the monchong catch in Hawaii. However, some monchong are also caught by deepwater handline gear with power reels. Learn More.
ABOUT SUISAN FISH MARKET
Suisan Fish Market offers a wide selection of poke, fresh fish, local snacks and goods, and a wide selection of fresh and frozen seafood.
Hours of Operation
8:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. | Monday to Friday
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. | Saturday
Closed on Sunday
Contact Information & Website
Location and Map
93 Lihiwai Street | Hilo Bay | Hilo, HI 96720