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Opihi is a Hawaii delicacy and one of the most dangerous to pick.

Opihi is a Hawaii delicacy and one of the most dangerous to pick.

GOT OPIHI? If you’ve never tried it, I highly recommend you experience it at least once in your lifetime. It’s an acquired taste (like eating the ocean) and texture (kind of crunchy or rubbery), but rich, delicious goodness that’s perfect with beer if you’re lucky enough to get your hands on it. The Maui Ocean Center does a good job explaining just what this little treasure is.

My buddy Brad surprised us the other night when he brought a bag of it over to our place for our potluck dinner. He’s found a secret spot on Oahu that’s ripe with these tasty limpets. In the following video, he describes how to eat it and the difference between the black and yellow types.

It also reminded me of one of my favorite songs by the Kaau Crater Boys titled “Opihi Man.” The lyrics give a playful hint about the dangers of going after this delicacy. It’s really a gamble with Mother Nature, but those who brave the waves and find these treasures, are usually the heros of any paina (party).

Sounds like thunder, gotta head for the high ground
White water coming, no foolin` around
Opihi man in the sun. Opihi man grab your bag and run
Opihi man another swell is coming your way
Opihi man another swell is coming your way

Gotta fill up your bag, with the yellow and black
Keep your eye on the wave, don`t ever turn your back
Opihi man in the sun. Opihi man grab your bag and run
Opihi man another swell is coming your way
Opihi man another swell is coming your way

Like the crab on the rock, you gotta run real fast
Keep your eye on the wave, don`t ever turn your back
Opihi man in the sun. Opihi man grab your bag and run
Opihi man another swell is coming your way
Opihi man another swell is coming your way

BON APPETIT!

-NGK

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Our third and final day on Maui started off with a bit of Easter fun. We couldn’t possibly pass up the opportunity to color some eggs with Ensen. He seemed to enjoy watching Kelly and me dunk eggs in the colored water and even tried it himself. After some Easter Sunday fun, it was off to the Maui Ocean Center for our big day out before heading back to Honolulu later in the evening. As they saying goes, “Maui no ka oi” or Maui is the best. After a great weekend there, I can see why many residents and visitors feel that way! Here’s some photos/videos of our final day on the Valley Isle.

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First order of business on Easter Sunday was to color eggs with Ensen. It’s been some time since Kelly and I have done this, so it was good to be sharing the experience with our little guy. I think Kelly made the best egg…the rasta looking one with a face on it. Cool!

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After coloring eggs, the Kam family and Maui Grandma headed off to the Maui Ocean Center in Maalaea to end our trip with a bang! I’ve been here a couple times before Ensen was born and couldn’t wait to come back with him and Kelly. What a great family activity and one that I highly recommend for locals and visitors.

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Here we are inside one of the main exhibits looking at tropical reef fish only found in Hawaii. And that’s an important thing to point out. This is an all Hawaiian marine life aquarium which makes it unique from any other ocean park you’ll visit in the state and the world.

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Another great attraction is the touch pond where you can get up close and personal with starfish, sea cucumbers, and sea urchins. While Ensen is still a bit too young to handle these creatures, Kelly wasted no time getting her hands wet. Then it was off to the turtle pool to check out these beautiful animals gracefully move through the water. And finally, it was time to check out my favorite part of the park, the Sea Jelly Gallery and The Open Ocean exhibits. Just check out the video and photo from both of these spaces below.

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This was a great way to end our family vacation on Maui and I can’t wait to get back there again soon. Next time, we’ll have to explore West Maui with Ensen and possibly venture more into Upcountry and Hana. If you’ve been to Maui and have a story to share, we’d love to hear from you.

-NGK