Harvesting & Preparing the Delicacy Known As Opihi

Opihi are small limpets found clinging to rocks on the coasts of Hawaii, known for their unique and delicate flavor that is highly prized by locals. The gathering of opihi is a popular activity among Hawaiians, but in recent times strict conservation laws have been put in place to protect these creatures from overharvesting, which have led to their dwindling population. Only licensed gatherers are permitted to collect opihi, and there are regulations on the size and quantity that can be taken.


In this video by YouTuber Living Aloha, see the hunt for this prized delicacy and their subsequent preparation for dining that is both respectful to its conservation and to its preferred recipe, as enjoyed by islanders for many, many years.


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