The vendors are especially busy in the morning,
but that’s where you can buy the fresh product.
Vallejo Triple One Variety Store sells ripe bananas, juicy
mangos, sunrise papayas, and fresh pineapples. Those fruits
for making smoothies. The vendors are friendly and helpful. If
you have questions, ask them.
Do you want to try some Vietnamese food? You can get two big
summer rolls for $2.50 at Lien Market at O‘ahu Market on
the ewa-makai corner of King and Kekaulike streets.
has a large collection of fresh seafood. The ruby snapper,
or long-tail snapper, called onaga, is one of Hawaii’s
fish better known by its Japanese name than by its Hawai‘ian
name, ula‘ula, it’s only $8.50 a pound.
Ula‘ula is a bottom fish caught in deep waters (100-180 fathoms), especially
around outcroppings along rocky bottoms. Most of the onaga caught off the Hawaiian
Islands range in size from one to 18 pounds. Onaga caught in the South Pacific
are often larger (state.hi.us/dbedt/seafood).
Want to take a quiet coffee break? Forget Starbucks. Thang
Fresh Coffee in Maunakea Marketplace on Hotel Street gives
you a break with a small regular
50 cents and a large size for $1.
And check out Nam Fong, on the Manakea Street side, for the
best Hong Kong-style roast duck, at $12.50 for a whole duck
and $6.50 for half a duck.
You go to HPU, near Chinatown, so you’re in luck: You can enjoy a wonderfully
lush lunch any time.