[Guest Post] Best Seafood Spots in Hawaii by Ella

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Hawaii has a well-earned reputation for being a little slice of paradise on earth, due mainly to its gorgeous setting, unforgettable views, and warm climate. But if you're a seafood lover, there's an even better reason to choose Hawaii for your next vacation: the abundance of delicious fish, often caught that very day in the turquoise waters of the Pacific.

Ono, ahi, mahi mahi--these are just a few of the local delicacies you can expect to sample on your tour of the islands. But where are the best spots to chow down? While it's difficult to find a Hawaiian restaurant that doesn't turn out a good seafood dish (even the burger joints often feature a fish entrée), here's a rundown of the crème de la crème.

Paia Fish Market, Maui
This highly rated hot spot is known for being one of Willie Nelson's favorite hangouts when he visits Maui. Photos of him and a bevy of other celebs are pasted across every inch of the walls in the flagship restaurant, which is located in picturesque, laid-back Paia town. Offerings are centered around the fresh catch of the day--several varieties of local fish, prepared either grilled, sautéed in lemon butter, seasoned with Cajun spices, or blackened. Chicken and fish tacos are also available, with a smattering of pasta dishes and salads to round out the menu.

Other locations can be found on bustling Front Street in Lahaina, and Southside in Kihei. For a look at the full menu, visit their website.

Ono Seafood Products, Honolulu
Visitors to Hawaii's capital can enjoy great bargains on mouthwatering selections at this laid-back eatery, which functions as a sort of oasis in the busy city. Fresh and affordable, with a no-frills atmosphere, Ono Seafood Products gets high ratings on both Yelp and Trip Advisor
. First-timers should definitely sample the poke bowl, as it's a favorite with repeat visitors. To visit their Facebook page, click here.

Quinn's Almost By the Sea, Kailua-Kona
This charmingly named eatery also gets high marks for its casual atmosphere, not to mention its stunning location on the western shore of the Big Island. Even the pickiest eaters will find something to savor on the extensive menu, which always features a fresh catch of the day, fish tacos, and some of the best fish and chips you'll find in Hawaii. Quinn's is open daily from 11 am to 11 pm, making it one of the easiest spots to hit on your tour. To check out their menu, head over to their easily navigable website.

Lahaina Fish Co., Lahaina
A visit to the islands would not be complete without a stop in charming Lahaina town (don't be put off by the name, which means "cruel sun"), and Lahaina would not be the same without Front Street, where this delightful eatery can be found. Lahaina Fish Co. has it all: stellar views, a fabulous deck, and a menu laced with delicacies such as macadamia-crusted mahi mahi and coconut curry made with island fish. Bonus tip: If you enjoy a good rum every now and again, don't miss out on the mai-tais at this oceanfront gem! Check out their fun, eclectic menu here.

Hula Grill Waikiki, Waikiki
Located at the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort, this beachfront destination entices island-goers with tasty offerings from brunch to lunch to dinner. Enjoy oysters on the half shell, so-fresh-it's-almost-wriggling sashimi, harissa-roasted monchong, or herb-grilled opah--all while taking in a view of the ocean in which these delicacies so recently swam. Wash it all down with one of the Hula Grill's signature cocktails, crafted with the finest spirits and local ingredients. Live music is featured on certain nights; check the website to learn more.

Most travelers don't need an excuse to visit Hawaii, not even the ones who crave fine seafood at every meal. But it's nice to have another reason to seek out this uniquely beautiful portion of the globe nonetheless. Again, if you come across a spot that looks promising, don't pass it up simply because it doesn't appear on this list--Hawaii has too many wonderful seafood restaurants to name in a day, and the freshness can't be beat, no matter which corner of the islands you happen to be exploring. AT the end of the trip, you'll likely be able to come up with a list of your own. So enjoy the adventure, and bon appetit!

Ella, Content Manager for trekbible, is a writer and content specialist with a predilection for learning and exploring new places and cultures around the world. With family scattered throughout the U.S. and South Korea, she loves to see cross-cultural influences around the world. Her favorite thing to do on her travels is to taste the local cuisine of each destination.

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