I grew up on Oahu, so if I drove anywhere for more than an hour I considered it a long drive. Now that I live on the Big Island, I understand what a long drive really is. Once a year when we have visitors, we make the trek out to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. It’s the island's number one tourist attraction, and it takes a full 12 hours to drive there, look around, and then drive back.
That kind of drive requires a cooler full of drinks and snacks. Hawaiians are very diligent when it comes to snack preparation. We taking eating very seriously here. Our fish jerky is the perfect road trip food. It isn’t messy and it doesn’t need to stay cold. We pounded every snack we brought on our last drive out there. We snacked while driving, while hiking, and while waiting for night to fall. The lava flow is much easier to see at night, so make sure you stick around till then.
While going to school in Taiwan, I got a cold that just wouldn’t go away. During a school break I went to visit an Aunty living in Korea. She took one look at me and then force fed me whole cloves of garlic that had been soaking in a bottle of honey in her fridge. Two days later, I wasn’t sick anymore.
Of course, eating raw garlic isn’t for sissies. (Cause the buggah is small kine strong!) In studies however, garlic has been shown to help regulate blood pressure, fight fungal infections, and of course ward of colds. In ancient Egypt, honey was applied to wounds and acted as an antiseptic. It can also soothe coughs.Check out our Honey Glazed Ahi Tuna Jerky or our Garlic Pepper Ahi Tuna Jerky which feature these two great, immune boosting ingredients. If you’re in the mood for Korean food, which I am now, check out my favorite Korean recipe site.
If you’re fortunate enough to have a fisherman in your family or group of friends, you know the joy of eating fresh caught Ahi. Each part of the fish can be prepared in a different way. Some of it you eat as sashimi, some as poke, some is grilled or fried, and in our case some is made into delicious jerky. No matter how you prepare it though, it’s always “ONO” or delicious.
Two of our friends recently caught two 200+ pound Ahi. They sold most of the meat, but saved some to share with friends and family. What a feast! Each method of preparation seemed tastier than the last. Check out how huge the head was!
If you’re ever in Hawaii make sure you try local, fresh, wild-caught Ahi. It’s the same kind that we use to make our line of Ahi jerkies. Ahi, which in Hawaii can refer to either Yellowfin or Bigeye tuna, can range in size from 20 to 400+ pounds! The best tasting meat is reddish-pink in color, and is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. It’s also an excellent source of healthy protein and is low in sodium and the bad kind of fat – saturated.
Try one of our seven varieties of Ahi tuna today! Now available throughout the state of Hawaii. Check out our store locator for a location near you.
I was born and raised in Hawaii, and although I’ve been going to the beach all my life, I’d never seen what the ocean looks like 100 feet below the surface. That finally changed when I recently had a visitor come to Kona. Through a friend of a friend (you know how that goes in Hawaii), we got a deal on tickets for the Atlantis Submarine. Although the actual talking portion of the tour is pretty cheese-tastic, the ride itself is amazing. We saw a surprising variety of reef fish and even a mama dolphin and her baby. The water surrounding Kona is just so clean and clear that by the end of the ride I was hungry for sashimi or poke. (I really do see sea food.)
Knowing that the company I work for gets all of its fish from these same waters, makes me so happy. Nowadays, so few people actually know where their food comes from. Can you name the origin of even half the food in your pantry? Probably not. Our gourmet jerky is made with all-natural wild caught fish from the Pacific Ocean, literally our backdoor. I can see the ocean from our offices. How great is that?
Try one of our artisanal, hand-crafted jerkies. Taste the ocean. Taste Hawaii.
Kohala Grown Market features local, farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, Big Island food products (such as Kaimana Ahi Tuna Jerky), island style snacks, and much more. We are so excited to partner with another Big Island company. Support Local businesses! Buy fresh. Buy Local.
Kohala Grown Farm Tours offer a fun, in-depth exploration of local farms and foods. What we put in our mouths and bodies matters. Knowing where our food comes from is important, especially in Hawaii where “malama aina” or “caring for the land” is a belief that’s deeply rooted in our culture. Check out this delicious Farm to Table tour that includes lunch!
If you visit Monterey California be sure to stop by Jerkyville USA to get our Ahi Tuna Jerky and Marlin Jerky. They have a great selection of Gourmet Jerky from artisan jerky producers. Varieties include fish jerky, beef jerky, pork jerky, and more. Check out the link to their site for more information on store hours and address.
If you're visiting the beautiful Big Island of Hawaii be sure to visit the Waikoloa Queens Marketplace near Anaehoomalu Bay. The many specialty shops will get you set for a day at the beach or a night out. Visit Island Gourmet Market for a great selection of our Ahi Tuna Jerky plus delicious fresh foods, snacks, beer, and poke.