October Seafood Celebration Goes Statewide


If you love seafood, you have a great excuse to indulge throughout the month of October. More than 50 restaurants across the state will be celebrating Hawaii Seafood Month, drawing diners in with specials and special dishes and sneaking some sustainability education onto the plate.

“Fishing and seafood are essential to Hawaii’s heritage, multi-cultural food traditions, our regional cuisine and visitor experience,” explains the official website. “Hawaii Seafood Month celebrates Hawaii seafood and the dedicated fishers, retailers, restaurants, and seafood businesses working together to promote sustainable local seafood and vibrant fishing communities across our paeʻāina.”

Hawaii Seafood Month coincides with National Seafood Month, which has been around officially for at least 25 years, and for much longer under the banner of the National Fisheries Institute (which introduced the idea in the 1940s). It’s championed by NOAA as a way to “highlight the sustainability of U.S. fisheries from Alaska to the Gulf of Mexico.”

There have been a smattering of local observations in the past (from special dishes at the Maui Ocean Center to a Yelp feature last year), but this year’s coordinated, statewide event is a first. It’s being organized by the Hawaii Seafood Council and Conservation International, with the help of the Ulupono Initiative and other partners.

“Fresh local seafood is one of the great joys of living in and visiting Hawaii,” said Hawaii Seafood Council program manager John Kaneko in a statement. “Informed consumers help to support our responsible fisheries by asking for world-class, safe and sustainable Hawaii seafood… that is what Hawaii Seafood Month is all about.”


And there is a tech angle to Hawaii Seafood Month, as organizers are incorporated ThisFish, a seafood tracing system that helps consumers look up the history of the food on their plate.

“Scanable QR codes will instantly connect to the story of the seafood including species, fishery, harvest method, and landing details as well as information about the fisher who harvested the seafood,” organizers explained. “When possible, customers are even able to see the fisher who harvested the catch and connect to him/her by sending a personal message.”

For more information, visit HawaiiSeafoodMonth.com, Hawaii-Seafood.org, or connect with Conservation International’s Hawaii chapter on Facebook, on Twitter at @CIHawaii, or on Instagram at @cihawaii.

Here is the list of participating restaurants as of Friday:


  1. 3660 On the Rise
  2. Aala Meat Market Inc.
  3. Azure Restaurant
  4. Beach House at the Moana Surfrider
  5. The Edge of Waikiki
  6. Fresh Island Fish
  7. Grondin French-Latin Kitchen
  8. Hale ÅŒhuna
  9. Kai Market
  10. Kaimuki Superette
  11. Koko Head Cafe
  12. Kona Brewing Company
  13. Lunch Box Cafe at Hawaiian Airlines
  14. Mission Social Hall & Cafe
  15. The Moana Surfrider
  16. Mud Hen Water
  17. MW Restaurant
  18. The Pig & The Lady
  19. The Royal Hawaiian Resort
  20. Rum Fire Waikiki
  21. The Sheraton Waikiki
  22. Taormina Sicilian Cuisine
  23. Times Supermarket Mililani
  24. Times Supermarket Kahala
  25. Times Supermarket Kāneʻohe
  26. Town
  27. Tropic Fish Hawaii, LLC
  28. Whole Foods Market
  29. Wing Sing


  1. Black Rock Kitchen (Sheraton Maui Resort)
  2. Frida’s Mexican Beach House
  3. Garden & Valley Isle Seafood
  4. Honu Seafood & Pizza
  5. Kaʻana Kitchen (Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort)
  6. Kō Restaurant (Fairmont Kea Lani)
  7. Māla Ocean Tavern
  8. Maui Brewing Co.
  9. Maui Fresh Streatery
  10. Merriman’s Kapalua
  11. MiGRANT Maui
  12. The Mill House
  13. Teppan-yaki Dan (Sheraton Maui Resort)
  14. Tropic Fish Maui

Hawaii Island

  1. Blue Dragon
  2. Cafe Pesto
  3. Chirashi Sushi-Don by Jiro
  4. The Fairmont Orchid (4 restaurants)
  5. Hilo Bay Cafe
  6. Hilo Fish
  7. Kona Fish
  8. Merriman’s Waimea
  9. Moon & Turtle
  10. Suisan Seafood Market
  11. ʻUlu Ocean Grill at the Four Seasons Hualālai
  12. Umeke’s (2 locations)
  13. Village Burger


  1. Merriman’s Kauai
  2. RumFire Poipū Beach (Sheraton Kauaʻi)
  3. Tropic Fish Kauai

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