Takamiya Market slices fresh sashimi for platters

Takamiya Supervisor Margie Domingo (left) and clerk Carol Davis showcase sashimi platters with fresh fish cut to order. The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

In Hawaii, New Year’s Eve ethnic traditions keep fishermen busy. In fact, the custom of savoring fresh sashimi is more popular than sipping champagne at this time of year in the islands.

“Now is the biggest time of year for sashimi sales,” says Takamiya Market Fish and Meat Department Supervisor Margie Domingo.“We offer three types of fish, including salmon, hamachi and ahi — the most popular of all.”

Besides sashimi, poke is also prepared fresh each day by the fish department team. Ahi is mixed with green onions and tomato and seasoned with shoyu in one example. “Tako,” or “octopus,” can be sliced and packaged with white miso sauce for dipping, or you may choose kim-chee tako for a spicy kick or more mild sesame tako.

“We’re usually closed on Sundays, but we will open and have special holiday hours from 7 to 11 a.m. this Sunday, as we’ll be preparing all of the platters for New Year’s parties,” says Domingo.

“Our regular hours are 5:15 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. However, Takamiya Market will be closed on Tuesday for New Year’s Day and closed on Jan. 2. It’s better to call ahead to order anything from small paper plate-size platters to 18-inch platters to anything that you want. If your budget is $25, or whatever, we can make it work.”

• To order or for more details, call 244-3404.