Opihi Odyssey: Exploring the Edible Treasures of Maui

Oh, aloha there, fellow travelers! Let me take you on a wild ride through the captivating world of opihi, those little treasures that make Maui's culinary scene truly pop! Grab your snorkels and let's dive into the deliciousness!

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

Ernie Cruz Jr. - Opihi Man (HiSessions.com Acoustic Live!)

Picture this: you're strolling along Maui's pristine shores, and suddenly your taste buds start doing a hula dance. ........... 

What's the secret behind this mouthwatering phenomenon? It's the opihi, my friends! These delightful little limpets are considered a cultural delicacy that will have you shouting "ono" (that means "delicious" in Hawaiian)!

Opihi are like the rock stars of the local cuisine scene. They cling onto rocks along the coast, defying the crashing waves and clinging to life like their limpet lives depend on it. And trust me, they do! These morsels of yumminess are so cherished that they're often referred to as the "candy of the sea."

But here's the catch: opihi aren't exactly an easy catch. You won't find them in your average seafood market. No, no! You need a true Maui insider to guide you to the hidden gems where these beauties reside. And once you've secured your opihi, it's time to let your taste buds embark on an extraordinary adventure.

Whether they're enjoyed raw, sautéed, or even turned into lip-smacking sushi, opihi will transport you to flavor paradise. So, if you're looking to add a pinch of excitement to your Maui vacation, make sure to embrace the cultural delight that is opihi. Just be prepared for some serious foodie fireworks that'll make your taste buds go, "Mahalo, Maui!"

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  • Kevin Peterson
    published this page in Maui Blog 2023-05-19 09:51:15 -1000