The History of Hawai‘i From Our Files: Flashback—What We Knew about Local Fish in 1986

HONOLULU Magazine emerged from predecessor Paradise of the Pacific, which began in 1888, fulfilling a commission by King Kalākaua. That makes this the oldest continuously published magazine west of the Mississippi with an enviable archive worth diving into each month. Here’s a look back at August 1986.


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The irrepressible John Heckathorn pens a short guide to local fish “to encourage people to be a little more adventurous in their appreciation of Island seafood.” In it, he describes alternatives to the popular mahimahi and ‘ōpakapaka. The suggested options listed include ‘ahi, aku, onaga, ta‘ape, blue and striped marlin, ono and moana. He credits much of the information to Guy Tamashiro of Tamashiro Market, voted that year by readers of HONOLULU Magazine as best place to buy fresh fish. Tamashiro Market is still producing reader favorites, from fresh whole fish and fillets to a vast array of poke. And we’re still asking the Tamashiros, who still own the family market, about seafood trends.


SEE ALSO: 5 We Tried: We Search for the Best Poke at Tamashiro Market


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