Monday, January 21, 2008

Sea Cave...

This is the beginning of a sea cave developing off the shore line in Lower Puna, the pink color on the rocks is a algae growth and it is especially preferred by the local variety of Opihi, a edible mollusk that is a tradition Luau food in Hawaii.

3 comments:

Sailor Girl said...

Beautiful blue!!!!

Clarice said...

Are they good to eat?

Aloha said...

Yes they are, you can eat them straight from the sea (nice with a little bit of sea salt), chilled like oysters, marinated in seasonings, cerviche, poke, or cooked in a scampi or chowder. They do tend to be a little strong flavored. We are trying to conserve them as they are not as plentiful as they once were...people will pay up to $8.00 per pound on Oahu so they can get over fished. Simplest way to conserve them seems to be simply to not take the big ones, as they are the mature keiki producers...You can also see some very dark purple Vanna (Sea Urchin)along the rocks. They look like black dots.